Leadership New York

For 30+ years, Leadership New York (LNY) has convened a cross-sector cohort of mid to early-executive level professionals committed to developing their leadership capacity and improving New York City. As we remain in a pandemic, LNY participants will join a class of civic leaders at the forefront of leading NYC to an equitable recovery from Covid-19.  

Over the course of nine-months and 175+ hours of rigorous training, participants will learn the adaptive and inquiry skills needed to succeed in complex, multi-stakeholder environments.

Please note, current programming runs from August 2021-May 2022 and will remain mostly virtual until December. We anticipate in-person sessions starting in January, following CDC & DOH guidelines. For information about next year’s program, please complete the Interest Form linked on the right. 


What Will You Get?


  • Observe the nuances within current challenges facing the City, to go beyond the spin
  • Recognize how power and privilege influence public debate, to raise awareness and increase capacity for action
  • Understand the landscape of NYC government structures, to know how to get things done


  • Ask specific questions, to help make informed decisions
  • Pace the connection between observation and interpretation, to understand what is going on
  • Maintain personal ecology, to maximize potential and sustain ourselves for a lifetime of civic service


  • Articulate and flex communication styles, to build leadership capacity
  • Exchange feedback with peers, to expand self-awareness
  • Value and incorporate multiple perspectives, to skillfully navigate courageous conversations and 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

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. 


Training Methodology

Cohort Model: Lasting civic engagement and social change requires ownership and input from multiple perspectives. Good leaders must be good at group-work. We actively learn from one another so that we can practice, grow and take risks within a supportive environment  and encourage practical application. 

Experiential Learning: Through direct exposure to institutions & communities, participants connect directly with individuals representing multiple perspectives. 

Gold-Standard Personal & Professional Development Training: Trainers include Senior Directors Garrett Lucien and Maya Gutierrez and consultants Zander Grashow of the Good Wolf Group and S. Leigh Thompson of Go Beyond Diversity. 

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 “City 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 and “Coro Commons” communications boards.

Cost and Attendance Policy

Tuition for LNY is $6,000 for 175 + hours of rigorous leadership development training, individual and small group coaching, 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 also offer customizable payment plans.

Through the TD Bank Non-Profit Training Resource Fund, eligible community-based organizations can receive grants of up to $1,000 for employees to attend programs like Leadership New York. For more information and to apply, visit their website.

We are committed to building cohorts that reflect the demographics of New York City and in strengthening traditionally underrepresented groups in leadership roles. Do not let financial concerns prevent you from applying; we are actively seeking a cohort of multiple perspectives and will work with you.

Please review the Tuition & Scholarships FAQ for more information.

Due to the experiential, accumulative nature of the program methodology, attendance is expected at all sessions. No more than five absences are permitted for successful completion of the program (leaving early and arriving late counts towards an absence). Participants should expect additional hours for planning cohort-organized events.             

Curriculum Overview
  • Orientation and Alumni Welcome Reception
  • Opening Retreat
  • Cross-Program and Community Networking Events
  • Free ticket to the Coro Leadership Conference
  • City 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 Consultancy 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

Purpose. Community and Authenticity. These three principles resonate as core takeaways from my participation in Coro. A Coro cultivated leader shows up on purpose and with purpose. We are socially conscious and civically engaged to navigate the City’s challenges in the true spirit of coalition and collaboration across sectors for impact in our communities.

Coro sessions surface personal experiences, diverse identities, and core values to build relationships of trust and give us the tools to break down barriers caused by a society where power and privilege continue to push communities of color and other historically oppressed groups to the margins. In my new role for a NYC non-profit using innovation and people centered leadership for criminal justice reform , I will be leaning on these foundations to ensure the right voices are heard to influence systemic change.

Crystal Cotton (LNY32),

Executive Director of People & Culture, NYC Criminal Justice Agency (CJA)

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


Interest Form

Register here to receive early updates on the application process for LNY 2022-23 starting in August 2022. 

LNY Tuition & Scholarship FAQs

LNY Participants


LNY 2021-22 runs from August–May. Programming will be virtual until December. View the calendar here.


Learn how LNY has impacted its alumni.


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