This dynamic program helps prepare young professionals in their 20s and 30s for future leadership roles in personal and professional environments. Now in its sixth year, YLNI continues to reach emerging leaders with the greatest potential for impacting the northeast Indiana region. Through hands-on instruction, small group activities, personal reflection, and sharing, participants in the institute will develop the skills needed to help them advance in their careers and community.
YLNI's mission is to "engage and empower young leaders through community, professional and social opportunities." Members come from across the region: entrepreneurs, artists, business gurus, musicians, accountants, students, and more. There's no strict age limit, but generally, candidates are 20- or 30-somethings with great ideas and a desire to make a difference, or be a big part of it.
For local employers and organizations, this is a great way to retain emerging talent by demonstrating a commitment to their development. This program allows young professionals to connect to their peers and community while gaining the skills needed for their careers.
Employers with emerging leaders should encourage individuals to apply and consider sponsoring their participation, and allowing participants to attend sessions on Fridays during normal business hours. The Institute consists of five Friday sessions and participants will need to attend a minimum of four sessions to be eligible for graduation.
- Become an active member of YLNI, an exciting group of motivated young professionals
- Develop practical, real-world leadership skills in northeast Indiana
- Learn from a diverse group of instructors who are leaders in their fields and in personal and organizational development.
- Network with young professionals with diverse backgrounds and industries
- Members of YLNI
- Emerging professionals
- Potential leaders in corporate, nonprofit, education, and health care
- Community volunteers
The institute kicks off with a celebration on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. and concludes with a graduation ceremony on Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m.