New Leadership Council launches Tampa chapter for young progressive leaders

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Tampa Bay has a new community resource for progressive leaders wanting to play a role in shaping the future — the New Leaders Council (NLC).

It has become the leading organization for individuals with the desire to change the area for the better, either through business, non-profits or elected office.

The NLC, which launched its Tampa Bay chapter Aug. 20, is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and promotes the next generation of political leaders. The national group has chapters in every major American city, and appeals members of all types, everyone from elected officials and community leaders to civic-minded individuals.

The company’s goal is to connect with people from outside normal political channels, using them to create a foundation of progressive leaders by providing training and mentoring they need to grow into successful civic leaders.

The NLC Institute offers a fellowship for young leaders — individuals under age 40 — that offer training, mentoring and professional development.  The Institute is a uniquely tailored experience, where Fellows learn from leaders and guest speakers at the top of their respective fields.

The highlight of the institute is the curriculum, which focuses on issues like framing a compelling message, fundraising, public relations and the nuances of new media.

Outstanding individuals who make it through the program receive the annual “40 under 40” leadership award, recognizing achievements in politics, media, advocacy and entrepreneurship.

Previous winners of the Under 40 award include San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy from Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

Members of the professional community who want to use their expertise to promote a new generation of innovative Tampa Bay leaders can contribute by becoming a member of the NLC Tampa Bay Advisory Board.  In addition to mentoring and teaching, the Advisory Board also helps develop the overall program development, and work to spread the word about the NLC throughout the greater Tampa Bay area.

Board members agree to a one-year commitment, a $250 donation and a promise to support at least two young professionals as Fellows.  Often, Board members — usually business experts and civic leaders — speak at various local groups about the company and their leadership goals.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Tampa group accepts nominations and applications for Fellows in the 2014 NLC class. Beyond the $35 application fee, there is no cost to participate in the NLC Fellowship.  

For more information, or to learn about getting more involved as an Advisory Board member, visit or email [email protected]

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