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.


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Thank You for your interest in NORLI’s Regional Leadership Program 

Since 2000, NORLI has competitively selected over 700 diverse individuals from the Greater New Orleans Region to participate in its Regional Leadership Program. Drawing from the very best of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, NORLI Alumni form a vast and powerful network of decision makers and influencers committed to collaborative leadership for the betterment of the Greater New Orleans Region.

The deadline for receipt of the completed application for NORLI’s Class of 2020 is Friday, May 31, 2019 at Midnight.
For detailed information about the application and the selection process visit:

Program Commitment

The 9-month program begins in September 2019 and ends in May 2020. There is a mandatory overnight opening retreat in September 2019, as well as an overnight closing retreat in May 2020. Additionally, there are 7 full-day program days from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on a Wednesday of each month. The full calendar can be found at Participants may miss no more than the equivalent of two program days during the year (October – April). If this commitment is not met, class members will be asked to leave without refund. Use of electronic devices is discouraged during the sessions except during designated breaks.
Program Dates:
Orientation – August 14, 2019
Opening Retreat – September 18 – 19, 2019
Session #1 – October 16, 2019
Session #2 – November 20, 2019
Session #3 – December 18, 2019
Session #4 – January 15, 2020
Session #5 – February 12, 2020
Session #6 – March 18, 2020
Session #7 – April 22, 2020
Closing Retreat – May 13 – 14, 2020

Complete Applications Include:

1. Completed application form and any tuition assistance paperwork. The application’s open-ended questions can be previewed below if you prefer to prepare your responses in advance.
2. Two letters of recommendation, sent to Preferably, one letter should reflect an individual’s professional accomplishments, and the other should reflect an individual’s civic involvement.
3. Non-refundable $50 application fee. Upon completion of this application, you will automatically be taken to the application fee payment page. If reapplying to the Regional Leadership Program, your application fee will be waived.
The deadline for receipt of the completed application is Friday, May 31, 2019 at Midnight. All applications are kept confidential by the NORLI Selection Committee, and you will receive an email confirming receipt of all application materials by June 7, 2019. 

Tuition & Scholarships

Full Participant Tuition: $2,750
Tuition covers all program costs and materials, including meals, lodging, and any other costs associated with the retreats and sessions. Tuition is non-refundable and is payable in full at time of acceptance unless other arrangements are coordinated with the Program Director. If you require tuition assistance, you may apply for it at the end of this application. Funds for tuition assistance are limited and are not guaranteed. 

Regional Leadership Program Scholarship Awards (tuition assistance) are based on a number of variables including the availability of funds, the number of requests for support, and the need as demonstrated by the individual seeking assistance. Every request will receive a confidential, thorough assessment, and every effort will be made to be supportive of individuals who cannot otherwise afford the tuition. NORLI offers partial financial assistance, and awards do not exceed 50% of the full tuition amount.  A request for tuition assistance does not influence the decision of the Selection Committee.

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Applications for the Class of 2020 are now open and will close on May 31, 2019 at midnight.


Click Here to Apply for the Class of 2020