Creating Impact Through Leadership, Education, and Engagement

NORLI is committed to creating a class experience that encourages participants to engage with peers from around the Greater New Orleans Region and challenge themselves to professionally and personally grow into stronger leaders.


Participants will be selected from those individuals who have submitted completed application forms. The NORLI Selection Committee will seek to identify those who are most likely to utilize their leadership abilities for the long-term benefit of our region. When the committee selects each group of 40 participants, it is with an eye toward diversity, so that there is broad representation from a variety of occupational, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, geographic areas, and community interests. The program is not a starting point, but rather a process for men and women who are both acknowledged and aspiring leaders.

All participants must demonstrate:

  • A passion for the people and the future of our region and a personal commitment to help shape that future.

  • A demonstrated commitment to the community through past and present activities.

  • A demonstrated capacity for leadership within their own organizations through significant achievements.

  • Residence within the New Orleans area (or with a present employer in the New Orleans area) and a professional commitment to remain in the state for at least the next two years.

  • An interest in enhancing leadership capabilities to meet the demands of the 21st century.

  • A willingness to commit the time and energy necessary to complete the program requirements, and the full support of their organizations.

  • A commitment to supporting the continuation of leadership and trustee development within our region.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Class of 2019.

Applications for the Class of 2020 will open in Spring of 2019.