Curriculum Schedule

2022-2023 NLDP Cohort XV Session Schedule

All sessions are on a Saturday and are held at Trinity Commons, located at 2230 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland. Parking is free.

Dress is casual for a comfortable learning environment and all needed supplies, as well as nourishment, are provided by the NLDP.

Sessions are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm


NLDP COVID VACCINATION POLICY: NLDP requires that all participants, coaches, faculty and staff be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (this includes your initial vaccination and any booster shots you may be eligible for). All applicants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to interviewing with NLDP. We will require proof of vaccination if you are accepted into the program. Our primary goal is to ensure maximum safety for all program participants over the course of the curriculum period. NLDP will meet or exceed all COVID-19 State of Ohio health guidelines in place at the time that Cohort XV convenes and expects all persons associated with NLDP to adhere to the protocols.   

Session 1 - September 10, 2022   

NLDP Orientation

This session is an introduction to the NLDP program and the Intentional Change Model and begins the conversation of what it means to be a leader. It will also cover the importance of coaching and the roles and responsibilities of both the coach and the coachee during the program year. Additionally, this session will provide an overview of the leadership assessment tools that will be used to provide insight into a participant’s individual leadership style.  

Session 2 - September 24, 2022     

Examining Leadership Styles - Attributes of Good Leaders

This session will provide an understanding of leadership by defining both positive and negative leadership traits. The participants will begin to recognize the relationship between an individual’s leadership skills and attributes and their effect on how a person is perceived by others as a leader.  

Session 3 - October 15, 2022      

Emotional Intelligence and Time Management

This session will define emotional intelligence and how it relates to outstanding leadership. Participants will learn how stress and ineffective time management can impact their emotional intelligence and quality of leadership. The session will also provide ways to identify leadership activities that are energizing and that create focus through vision.

Session 4 - October 29, 2022     

Who You Are... Is How You Lead

This session will cover the six core mindsets a leader should possess and how the six mindsets can be used to maintain and achieve vision. Participants will strengthen their abilities to think strategically about their vision and how to keep themselves and others energized about their work in the community.

Session 5 - November 5, 2022     

Leading Through an Equity Lens

This session discusses the imperative of leading with an equity lens and its relationship to being a successful leader. The session will encourage participants to openly explore the connection between equity and leadership in their own community work by examining power, privilege, and the different levels of racism and bias. It will show how participants can put leading with an equity lens into practice as they try to create sustainable change.


Session 6 - December 3, 2022      



Group Processes and Development

This session will provide a deeper understanding of leadership by exploring the relationship of the leader to the group. It will define a team’s stages of development and how to attract, lead and develop followers while building consensus in a team setting. This session features an experiential learning component. 


Session 7 - December 17, 2022      

Group Facilitation and Team Building for Stronger Neighborhoods

This session will help participants to understand facilitation as a leadership tool by demonstrating ways it can influence group dynamics. It will look at the differences between reflective and non-reflective listening, dialogue versus discussion and how different models of facilitation can impact judgment and behavior in meetings. 


Session 8 - January 7, 2023     

Program Planning

This session will define the critical elements of program planning and why it is so important to the success of community projects and building a shared vision. It will demonstrate how to create a plan using different methods and cultivate design thinking skills for effective program planning. Participants will learn how to create a mission statement and recognize their project strengths and weaknesses.


Session 9 - January 28, 2023      

Rallying Your Neighborhood for Change

This session helps to define a strategic community engagement approach and link it with the community change process. It will provide participants with an understanding of how to assess and improve their community engagement capacity while identifying the key challenges they might face in their community work and how to overcome these obstacles. 

Session 10 - February 18, 2023    

Building Stronger Communities Through Social Entrepreneurship

This session will explore the key elements of creating a successful social enterprise and clearly define what a social enterprise is and its function. To be a successful social enterprise, there are key aspects an organization or individual must consider such as the relationship between mission and money, the importance of creativity and innovation and how to communicate your mission to your audience.

Session 11 - March 4, 2023  

Process of Community Change

This session is designed to define the ways that community change occurs and the resistance and barriers that can sometimes arise to block it. It will illustrate the process and stages of change and the methods to achieve it by using both local and national models as examples. Participants will also strengthen their abilities to think strategically about community change.


Session 12 - April 1, 2023  

Program Fundraising

This session begins the discussion of Program Fundraising. It encompasses topics that include starting a nonprofit organization, formation of a Board of Directors and the steps to obtain the incorporation of a non-profit organization. Session 12 will also introduce participants to the world of foundations, grantsmanship and what it takes to be successful when seeking funding for your program or project.

Session 13 - April 15, 2023  

Program Marketing and Communications

This session will challenge participants to consider how their project or organization is perceived by their core constituency and how to project a positive public image through marketing and communication. It will focus on identifying your key audience, developing your message, interpersonal communications, crisis communications and working with the media. 

Session 14 - May 6, 2023

Service to Community and Yourself

Human capital helps drive change and this session takes a look at ways to recruit and engage volunteers to your project while being sensitive to their needs and avoiding volunteer burnout. It will also cover how, as a leader, you can avoid your own burnout by caring for your mental and physical well being.  

Session 15 - May 20, 2023  

Change in Cleveland's Neighborhoods: "The Neighborhood Tour"

This session is a look into the role of community leaders in making community change and understanding how knowledge and skills, volunteering, networks and partnerships work to guide a vision for community leaders. It will look at the dilemmas and challenges that leaders often face in their efforts to create change.  The tour will visit several projects in the city and give participants the opportunity to speak to leaders who have met these challenges head on.

Session 16 - June 3, 2023  

Dialogue with a Leader & End of Program Ceremony

This final session is a reflective journey for participants who will review their development and growth as a leader. They will share how their NLDP experience has affected their views on leadership, their community work and Cleveland. They will also have an opportunity to learn about the leadership journey of the NLDP founder and ask questions about his experiences as a leader.