Details for Applicants and Participants

Due to current circumstances, the Summer 2020 Leadership Institute is postponed. We are now offering Virtual Leadership Institutes until we can safely reconvene in person. More information about Virtual opportunities can be found here. A Western States Virtual Leadership Institute is also now open.

Institute Highlights:

The class is limited to a select group of emerging leaders offering opportunity for collaboration and an enduring network of support. Approximately 32 people will be accepted, with participation limited to one person per organization.

A significant amount of preparation work is required. Participants will be asked to read several books, to submit a personal leadership challenge, and to take a 360 degree assessment of leadership skills prior to the Leadership Institute.

The Institute is held on the campus of the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware; approximately 50 minutes from Philadelphia and one hour from Baltimore.

Travel and lodging are at the expense of the participant.

Most participants stay at Marriott Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware. The room rate is $159/night.

Each Leadership Institute begins early Sunday evening with a welcome dinner and ends before noon on Friday.

More than one person from an organization may apply but applicants may be deferred for acceptance to a future session to ensure equal opportunities to attend the Institute for all organizations.

Cancellations will be accepted only until five weeks before the start date of the Institute. Prior to that date, cancellations must be made in writing (e-mail is acceptable, please confirm that we have received) and funds will be returned, minus a $100 processing fee. There will be no refunds after that date and, if an intended participant cancels after that date or is a no-show, the full registration fee will still be owed. We regret that we cannot offer refunds for late cancellations or no shows, however, if your agency would like to substitute another appropriate individual, this can be done with prior approval.

Applications will open soon.

To learn more about the Leadership Institute, e-mail Kristen Loomis at