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NPW's Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program fosters talent among the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

"When our eyes are open to everything that’s out there, we can better utilize it and share it with others."
Dana Hysell Alongi, Project Relations Specialist, Westchester Library System - ELP Class of 2021

ELP Statement of Purpose: NPW's Emerging Leaders Program is an 11-month professional development initiative designed to fortify the next generation of nonprofit professionals through learning that focuses on the social and systemic issues addressed by the nonprofit sector. Up to 30 participants engage in interactive trainings and have unique opportunities to network and share experiences with peers and leaders of NPW member organizations.

Profile of an NPW Emerging Leader:

  • 3-10 years of work experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Eager to learn more about the Westchester nonprofit sector as a whole as well as the work of individual organizations 
  • Committed to making new connections within the sector to advance personal and professional growth
  • Able to devote the time required to attend program sessions  

Expectations: Participants are expected to attend all sessions and actively participate. At least 80% attendance is required to graduate.

Fee: Organizations of selected candidates must be NPW members and are required to pay a $350 total 11-month program fee. No more than 2 candidates per organization will be accepted (please do not submit more than 2 applications per organization). NPW Members: This is an important opportunity to support the advancement of someone in your organization who has potential for future leadership roles. 

COVID Policy
NPW's COVID Policy requires all in-person participants to provide proof of vaccination.

Overview: ELP participants will meet with a different nonprofit host organization each month, hopefully in-person at the host location (note: some sessions may be virtual). Participants will learn about the issues addressed by that organization, engage in an interactive training, and have the opportunity to network with peers and members of the host organization. The group will meet on the first Thursday of each month from between the hours of 3PM-6PM. 

2022 ELP Online Application 

Application Preview: The following short essay prompts are in the application. Please be prepared to answer them when you begin the form. Note: you will also be required to upload your current resume and letter of recommendation from your Executive Director. Application due date: December 20, 2021

  • Why are you interested in the NPW Emerging Leaders Program?
  • If selected, what would you want to get out of the program?
  • What do you feel are your strongest professional attributes?
  • Is there any other information you would like to share about your desire to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program?

2022 Program DatesFebruary 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th, September 8th, October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st. The complete schedule with host locations and times will be available in late January 2022. 

Questions? Email Suzanne Gardos, Director of Operations,

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