NORLI Opens Application Period for Class of 2020



New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Opens Application Period for 2020 Program

Regional Program Spanning Ten-Parishes Brings Together Business, Civic and Public-Sector Leaders

New Orleans, LA (April 1, 2019)Interested in a premier leadership program that fosters connections across the ten-parish region? The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) will begin accepting applications for its 2019-20 class on April 1, 2019. NORLI is open to all business, civic and public-sector leaders in the ten-parish region – Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. The deadline to apply online is Friday, May 31, 2019. 

Each year, NORLI brings together a class of over forty-five business, civic, and community leaders representing all races, genders, industries and communities with a mission to promote regional collaboration. The program provides a forum for the exchange of diverse viewpoints and is designed to enhance personal leadership skills by examining issues central to the advancement of the entire ten-parish region.

According to Stephen Reuther, Executive Director of NORLI, “NORLI provides a nonpartisan platform for thought leadership that allows participants to engage in high level discussions about the most pressing issues to Southeast Louisiana.  By building upon the experiences and expertise that our class participants bring to the table, we are able to cultivate greater capacity for civic understanding, engagement, and collaborative leadership that will enhance our communities for the future.”

A nine-month program spanning from September to May, NORLI consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions. The program curriculum examines public policy, education, healthcare, economic development, diversity and equity, criminal justice, and environment, and it dissects how these focus areas impact the development and quality of life of the New Orleans Region.

How to Apply 
Leaders from across the ten-parish region may submit an online application detailing their employment information and community involvement.A $50 non-refundable application fee is due upon submission of the application.

If accepted into the 2020 NORLI class, participants are required to submit a non-refundable tuition fee of $2,750 which covers all program costs and materials, including meals, as well as all the expenses associated with the retreats. Limited support through program scholarships are available on an as needed basis.

NORLI will host a series of informational sessions about the program and how to apply. Program alumni and current program participants will be on hand to discuss the benefits of the program and answer applicants’ questions. More details on NORLI events and info sessions can be found by vising our events page at norli.orgAll NORLI informational sessions are free and open to the public; space is limited, so advance registration is highly recommended.

For more information about NORLI, please visit or connect with NORLI on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute 
The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing community leaders the opportunity to identify, collaborate, and address key issues for the betterment of the Greater New Orleans Region. NORLI draws upon a diverse group of stakeholders from around the ten parish region to engage in thought-provoking personal and professional development programs covering topics such as public policy, healthcare, education, diversity and equity, environment and sustainability, economic development, and criminal justice.
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The mission of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute is to help promote regionalism. NORLI provides current and emerging leaders with a more thorough understanding of issues and an enhanced ability to collaborate for the greater good of the community. The institute selects a diverse group of leaders to participate in a thought provoking, nine month program. Participants experience a variety of statewide issues presented through lectures, on-site visits, readings, discussion groups, simulations, and other leadership development activities.

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