Leadership New York

Working within an unparalleled network of engaged civic leaders, Leadership New York (LNY) participants develop the skills to succeed in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. 

For over 30 years, participants have been challenged to explore multiple aspects of the city’s social, political and economic issues while navigating cross-sector viewpoints. The program is designed for mid-level and early-executive professionals and uses adaptive leadership and inquiry-based training methods.

My biggest takeaway from Coro training was understanding how connected we all are and the development of anything great and strong is contingent on the relationships you develop. And it requires connecting the dots with a lot of sectors and different folks whether they are in government or business. That kind of deep abiding respect that Coro helped instill in everybody made me realize everyone has something to contribute.
Majora Carter (LNY 11)

Founder, StartUp Box

What will you get?
LNY trains participants to observe the nuances within current challenges facing the City in order to go beyond the spin, recognize how power and privilege influence public debate, to raise awareness and increase capacity for action, and understand the landscape of NYC government structures to know how to get things done.

Participants are challenged to ask specific questions to help them make informed decisions, pace the connection between observation and interpretation, understand what is going on, and maintain personal ecology to maximize potential.

LNY effectively connects participants with an accomplished community of City leaders by practicing how to articulate and flex their communication styles to build leadership capacity, exchange feedback with peers to expand self-awareness and skillfully manage courageous conversations, and value and incorporate multiple perspectives to go beyond one’s own knowledge base.

Who should apply?
Leadership New York brings private, public and nonprofit participants together because we believe it will take collaboration across sectors to resolve the City’s deepest challenges. We are seeking to build a highly talented, diverse, cross-sector cohort of approximately 50 professionals who are interested in expanding their leadership capacity. All will be committed to civic engagement and eager to participate in a learning community.

The ideal candidate:

  • Lives or works in New York City
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to strengthening our City
  • Has a thirst for personal and professional development
  • Is interested in actively participating in the Coro community and LNY alumni network
  • Is employed at the start of the program

The curricula is most appropriate for professionals in a multi-stakeholder, senior leadership role who are leading change on behalf of their organizations. We are committed to building cohorts that reflect the demographics of New York City and in strengthening traditionally underrepresented groups in leadership roles. We welcome applications from those with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage with a multi-perspective community. 


Key Program Features
Our experiential, cohort-based training method explores a variety of leadership styles and a deepening of one’s own style that develops an appreciation for alternative perspectives and provides new tools for leading a diverse group through change.

Participants are exposed to a range of high-level decision-makers and influential stakeholders — from CEOs to Commissioners to community advocates — through cohort-planned “Issue Days” to understand how policy decisions are really made and why.

Participants from all programs have a shared approach and connections for changemaking with a vast alumni network of the most distinct leadership communities in New York City, providing collaboration opportunities across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

LNY offers something you can’t find in any other program — it delivers a unique, civic style of leadership training built on understanding complexity, listening to multiple perspectives and leading change. Participants leave with a deeper understanding of issues than learned from simply reading the headlines.

Benefits extend beyond the program. Free and low-cost ongoing alumni offerings include skills refreshers, insider events, networking events, coaching sessions with program directors and access to the “Coro Classifieds” jobs board.


Tuition for LNY is $6,000 for 175 + hours of rigorous leadership development training, individual and small group coaching, lodging and meals at the Opening Retreat, catering on retreat days and access to Coro alumni and cross-program events.

Candidates are encouraged to seek their employer’s or another sponsor’s support.  

Scholarships ranging from $500-$3,000 are available, with special consideration for applicants paying out of pocket and with the highest need relative to the request pool. 

We are committed to building cohorts that reflect the demographics of New York City and in strengthening traditionally underrepresented groups in leadership roles. We welcome applications from those with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage with a multi-perspective community. 

Do not let financial concerns prevent you from applying; we are actively seeking a cohort of multiple perspectives and will work with you.

Sessions Overview
  • Orientation and Alumni Welcome Reception
  • 3-day overnight Opening Retreat located out of the City
  • Cross-Program and Community Networking Events
  • Free ticket to our annual gala
  • Issue Days: Public policy explorations of current, hot-button topics that are selected and organized by small teams of participants to educate the entire cohort
  • Peer Consulting Circles to work on real-time leadership challenges
  • Personal Reflection Leadership Retreats
  • Coaching in small groups to identify areas for growth and expand capacity
  • Weekly civic engagement and personal reflection activities
  • Graduation & Celebration
My background is in business, I have an MBA, and I have ways to network and interact with a business-focused community, but I was really interested in identifying with a broader set of folks that were in it for the same thing: a love and passion for creating change here in New York and doing it from different perspectives.
Melissa Burch (LNY 18)

Executive General Manager, Lend Lease


Applications are Live!

Click here for details on recruitment events and to apply for LNY 2020.  Application deadline is May 26 at 11:59 PM.

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Current Participants


LNY runs September–May. View program dates here.


Learn how LNY has impacted its alumni.


Reach out to Archana Menon, Program Manager, at archana@coro.nyc.