Leadership Delaware, Inc. (LDI) recruits and mentors outstanding young Delawareans who have the “stuff of leadership”, the potential, desire, and courage to excel at community, nonprofit, political, professional, and corporate leadership within the First State. Our graduates will have the knowledge, vision, integrity, and networks to significantly impact and transform their communities. Leadership Delaware enables Fellows to rise to the highest levels of leadership throughout the First State.
These young leaders, ideally aged 28 to 38, will be recruited from throughout Delaware, without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or political persuasion.
Leadership Delaware, Inc. is designed to be a series of issue-oriented forums and experiences, which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership.
Leadership Delaware, Inc. is open to all who work in Delaware and/or have their “roots” in Delaware. Participants are selected based on ability, demonstrated leadership, and a keen interest in their community, with a commitment to “making a difference.”  The application process is to ensure an outstanding class consisting of members from diverse backgrounds, experiences and geographical locations. Approximately 20-25 participants are chosen annually.
The Program consists of a Joint Fellows’ Reception, a Saturday orientation session, and mandatory two-day sessions each month, for ten months (February – November), typically the first or second Thursday and Friday of the month, from 7:45AM - 8:45PM on Thursday and 7:45AM - 5:45PM on Friday. Sessions may be conducted in all three counties, but will be held primarily in New Castle County corporate and professional boardrooms. Elective events will be available. Spouses and significant others are not included in sessions, but are often invited to elective events.
Attendance is mandatory for successful completion of the Program.  Absence from more than one full session, 23 hours (or the accumulation of partial sessions which add up to 23 hours) will make the participant ineligible to graduate, and he/she will be excused from the Program.
Fellows are also required to complete several small group research projects over the course of the year. Research may include reading books, interviews, or other formats which will require additional time outside of the class schedule. As with all worthwhile endeavors, this Program requires a definite commitment of time from each participant. Failure by a Fellow to fully participant in all three group research projects will result in that Fellow’s dismissal from the Program.

Applications for the Class of 2017 have closed and our recruitment  process for the Class of 2018 will begin in August 2017 with our candidate receptions. Please check back in early summer 2017 when we will post the dates of our candidate receptions and interview sessions.


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