Madison, Wisconsin –  New Leaders Council Wisconsin (NLC – Wisconsin) is excited to announce it was chosen as “2017 Chapter of the Year” from among nearly fifty chapters across the country for its work training Wisconsin’s next progressive leaders. NLC – Wisconsin was honored at New Leaders Council’s National Leadership Retreat held this summer in Pittsburgh, PA.

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a national non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and promotes the next generation of progressive leaders who are committed to improving their communities. NLC – Wisconsin, which was founded in 2013, hosts two training institutes each spring — one in Madison and one in Milwaukee. In 2015, NLC Wisconsin was honored as Institute of the Year.

“In just five years, we’ve built a strong network of progressive leaders who are committed to working for Wisconsin,” said NLC – Wisconsin Chapter Co-Director Mike Bare. “I’m proud of our team for all of their hard work and dedication to working with partners to revitalize Wisconsin’s progressive movement. We appreciate the recognition of our efforts thus far and we know that progressives across Wisconsin and even progressives across the country need us to do more. We’re not backing down in the face of tremendous threats to our communities, we’re just getting started and we’re inspired to do more.”

NLC – Wisconsin recruits community leaders who are trendsetters from outside traditional political structures and equips them to lead the progressive movement. It selects fellows to participate in its free five-month training Institute through a competitive application process. During the Institute, fellows learn from expert faculty about fundraising, communication strategy, management, policy, and advocacy. Fellows complete a capstone project that has a tangible impact on the progressive movement, and pair up with a mentor who is advanced in the career path the fellow seeks. The Institute curriculum prepares fellows to engage in civic life, to run for public office, and to be leaders in their communities and causes.

“As a former fellow who knows the power of this organization and the Institute firsthand, I’m honored we were chosen as chapter of the year. Our all-volunteer team has made tremendous strides, and I’m confident that we will continue to provide Fellows with exceptional leadership training and concrete skills in the coming years,” said NLC – Wisconsin Chapter Co-Director Elizabeth Miller.

The nomination period for the 2018 class of fellows in Madison and Milwaukee are open until October 2. Nominate a young leader or apply here. Learn more about NLC – Wisconsin here.


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