Leadership New York

Explore how the City is responding to COVID-19 with a cross-sector community of peers and learn the adaptive and inquiry skills needed for leadership now.

Coro helped decode the big mystery behind the systems that make our city run for me, in my own words, through my own experience. Now as the Administrator of the largest local social services agency in the country, I see how interconnected we all are, and how nothing will ever move without cross-collaboration. Just like each of us were part of the mess – we are also part of the solution.

Grace Bonilla (LNY25)

Administrator, NYC Human Resources Administration

What will you get?


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  • 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 – a version of mindfulness and taking care of ourselves so that that we can sustain ourselves over the long haul


  • Articulate and flex communication styles, to build leadership capacity
  • Exchange feedback with peers, to expand self-awareness
  • 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

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 “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


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 also offer 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. 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.

Please review the Tuition & Scholarships FAQ for more information.

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


Interest Form

Register here to receive early updates for Leadership New York (LNY) 2021. 

LNY Tuition & Scholarship FAQs

LNY Participants


LNY runs September–May. Programming will be virtual until December. View the calendar here.


Learn how LNY has impacted its alumni.


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