Imagine yourself touring Narragansett Bay on an expertly guided cruise to see first hand Bayside development, the aquatic life the bay holds; discussing ethics in the media with key Rhode Island TV, radio, and newspaper reporters and editors - then taking on that role yourself.

Core Program Overview

Each year Leadership Rhode Island selects a diverse group of established and emerging leaders to participate in a thought-provoking, 10-month (January – October) community leadership program. Statewide issues are examined through the perspectives of experts, on-site visits, readings, discussion groups, problem-solving exercises, and other experiential activities.

The Core Program is a not a starting point, but rather a process for leaders to refine and enhance their commitment to Rhode Island throughout their lives. Participation opens the door to ongoing personal growth, professional development and community leadership. Graduates join LRI’s network of 2,000-plus alumni and a life of Rhode Island stewardship. There is only one way to be part of this – experience it yourself.

Who Should Apply?

You might consider applying for our Core Program if the following qualities describe you:

  • Passion for the people and the future of our state
  • Personal commitment to shape Rhode Island’s future
  • Commitment to community through past and present activities
  • Demonstrated leadership within your organization
  • Desire to enhance your leadership influence and professional network
  • Willingness to commit the time and energy necessary to complete program requirements with full support of time commitment from employer
  • Commitment to supporting leadership and stewardship of Rhode Island

Why Apply?

Leadership Rhode Island allows doors to be opened for greater corporate / nonprofit /government / organizational community involvement and visibility, and helps identify where strategic alliances might be forged. LRI’s Core Program creates additional opportunities to influence positive change and impact quality of life in the community. The purpose of the Core Program is to transform a highly motivated group of individuals into a network of leaders with knowledge and commitment to benefit the entire state. The Core Program is not a starting point, but rather a process for emerging and established leaders to refine and enhance their commitment to Rhode Island.

Curriculum

Each year, Leadership Rhode Island selects a diverse cohort of leaders to participate in a thought-provoking, 10-month educational and community-based curriculum that consists of an overnight retreat, ten monthly daylong sessions, and a small-group project. Participants experience an integrated, systems-based leadership education, framed around statewide issues.

The Core Program at LRI typically includes a combination of topics from the following list:

  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Government
  • Media/Communications
  • Basic Needs
  • Criminal Justice
  • Arts/Culture
  • Tourism/Hospitality
  • Environment
  • Health

Session Day curriculum is developed by a program committee of selected LRI alumni, with a focus on experiential learning approach that includes visiting local institutions, discussions with thought leaders, and policy analysis. 

 

Outcomes

The Core Program provides a return on investment for individuals, their organizations, and the community at large. Leadership Rhode Island allows doors to be opened for greater corporate / nonprofit /government / organizational community involvement and visibility, and helps identify where strategic alliances might be forged. LRI’s core program creates additional opportunities to influence positive change and impact quality of life in the community. The purpose of the core program is to transform a highly motivated group of individuals into a network of leaders with knowledge and commitment to benefit the entire state. In addition to providing on-site, experiential knowledge of the Rhode Island community, it also strengthens leadership competencies in areas such as visioning, collaboration, strategic thinking, appreciation for diversity and inclusiveness, emotional intelligence and coalition building, 

Personal Growth

  • Expand self-awareness 
  • Incorporate different points of view in decision-making
  • Form deep, lasting and meaningful relationships

Professional Development

  • Build a network for peer mentorship across sectors and industries
  • Leverage connections and collective resources that facilitate innovative solutions

Community Leadership

  • Develop a broader understanding of public issues and policies
  • Drive and facilitate public dialogue

Tuition

Upon acceptance into Leadership Rhode Island, you will have several options to pay the tuition of $5,300, which covers the cost of all sessions, materials, and meals. The $5,300 covers all program costs and materials, including meals and all expenses associated with the retreat. 

Tuition Assistance
LRI has a tuition assistance program based on demonstrated financial need. Tuition assistance requests are considered independently of class applications. Please contact Michelle DePlante at mdeplante@leadershipri.org for Tuition Assistance forms. All Tuition Assistance forms must be submitted by the application deadline. No tuition assistance requests can be accepted after the application deadline. Requests for assistance will be kept confidential and reviewed separately from the class applications. 

Application Process

Participants are selected based on information provided on the online application, two letters of reference, and a personal interview. Please allow ample time to prepare the application and to obtain required materials to meet the application deadline. Applications are available on the web from June – October each year at www.leadershipri.org.

Selection Criteria

Leadership Rhode Island’s Selection Committee is made up of LRI alumni who select a cohort of approximately 65-75 leaders who demonstrate leadership abilities for the long-term benefit of our state. The committee looks first to select individuals based on their personal leadership accomplishments and/or future potential. Then, the committee seeks to create a diverse and well-balanced class, with an emphasis on broad representation of sectors, industries, occupations, generations, racial/ethnic/cultural backgrounds, geographic areas and community interests.