The Emerging Leaders Program fosters talent among the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

NPW's Emerging Leaders Program is an 11-month professional development program that supports “emerging leaders” to grow their nonprofit knowledge, leadership skills, and expand their reach through networking.

Graduates will

  • Understand the social and systemic issues addressed by Westchester’s nonprofit sector
  • Be familiar with the mission and impact of other organizations within the county
  • Develop relationships with up to 30 peers and new contacts in the nonprofit sector
  • Be part of a growing network of talented and influential ELP alumni
  • Be prepared for future leadership roles


“The program created an opportunity for me to cultivate new relationships with others in the nonprofit sector while strengthening my leadership skills. The growth from the experiences and discussions exceeded my expectations.”

— Juanita Pope, Director of Community Events and Office Manager, Child Care Council of Westchester

Who Should Apply?

Emerging leaders who

  • Have 3-10 years of nonprofit experience
  • Currently work within an NPW-member organization
  • Are committed to personal and professional growth
  • Want to learn about the nonprofit sector and individual organizations

Program Format

Emerging Leaders are hosted by a different nonprofit once a month from 3-5:30p.m. Participants learn about the issues addressed by that organization, participate in an interactive training, and network.

Program Fee: Organizations of accepted applicants must pay $350 for each applicant. No more than 2 candidates per organization will be accepted (please do not submit more than 2 applications per organization). The program is only open to NPW-member organizations.

This is an opportunity to support the advancement of someone in your organization who has potential for future leadership roles.

How to Apply

Applications for the ELP Class of 2023 are now open. Application due date: December 16, 2022.

2023 ELP Online Application

Application Preview: The following short essay prompts are in the application. Please be prepared to answer them when you begin the form. Note: you will also be required to upload your current resume and letter of recommendation from your Executive Director.

  • Why are you interested in the NPW Emerging Leaders Program?
  • If selected, what would you want to get out of the program?
  • What do you feel are your strongest professional attributes?
  • Is there any other information you would like to share about your desire to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program?

2023 Program Dates: February 9*, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7
The complete schedule with host locations and times will be available in late January 2023. *Changed from original date

Questions? Email Suzanne Gardos, Director of Operations, sgardos@npwestchester.org.

COVID Policy: NPW's COVID Policy requires all in-person participants to provide proof of vaccination.


“I always left enlightened, amazed and proud of the work that Westchester’s nonprofit sector accomplishes. The connections and friends I have made have enriched my life personally and professionally.”

— Mia Pergolizzi, Attorney, Hope’s Door

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