The New Leaders Council Institute, based in La Jolla, Calif., has started a Kentucky chapter, one of 25 across the United States.
In case you never heard of NLCI, we hadn’t either.
Apparently, it’s a relatively new organization, dating back to 2006 and dedicated to grooming a new generation of progressive (read, “liberal”) leadership.
Those leaders will learn all the basics of retail politics, according to an institute news release.
The institute takes place over five weekends, with training sessions that include:
• messaging and framing
• technology and new media
• political management
• fundraising and marketing
• leadership development.
NLCI claims an alumni base of more than 1,000 Fellows in 25 cities across the country.
The non-profit NLCI Institutes drew over 4,000 applications for 400 available spots in the 2012 Institute Class, according to the release.
From the release:
NLC does not engage in political or legislative activities of any kind, does not support or oppose any candidate for public office, and serves only as an educational leadership training ground. The result is a robust network of individuals who support each other as they move into careers in government, business, nonprofits, and beyond. In a recent op-ed, titled “Seizing the Levers of Power,” Washington Monthly said, “The NLC is strikingly different from the typical DC think tank or policy shop focused on electioneering or fighting in the cable news trenches… the NLC is planting seeds where few other, higherprofile organizations bother to tread.”
Most interesting, though, is the Kentucky connection, Executive Director Mark Riddle.
From Riddle’s NLCI bio:
He is the founder of The Bluegrass Group, a full service government/public affairs and general consulting firm, working with top companies, grassroots organizations and associations in Kentucky and Washington, D.C. From 2004 to 2011, Riddle was a partner at the media firm Fletcher Rowley Riddle, Inc. where he wrote, directed and produced award-winning television and radio ads in some of America’s most competitive campaigns in over 35 states. His clients included numerous members of Congress, the Democratic Governors Association, the Democratic Attorneys General Association and dozens of state and local officials. Born in Maine, Mark graduated from the University of Kentucky and is now a resident of Simpsonville, Kentucky. His experience in Kentucky began when he worked as a field coordinator for now-Governor Steve Beshear’s 1996 U.S. Senate campaign.Riddle served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Democratic Party and has been senior strategist and media consultant for Attorney General Jack Conway, Congressman Ben Chandler, Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, Mayor Jim Newberry and numerous local officials. “The NLC is about our people. They are going to be our next Governors, members of Congress, Mayors and Executives from across the spectrum of the business world. I would even be so bold as to say a member of the NLC network will someday be president. Ensuring our people have all the resources and skills they need to lead is why NLC exists.”
In Kentucky, the group is apparently trying to talent-spot “young trendsetters, elected officials, and engaged leaders of businesses and industry that will shape our economic and political landscape now have the opportunity to join a network of over 1,000 alumni of The New Leaders Council Institute, one of the top leadership training programs in the country,” according to a news release.
NLC’s Kentucky Chapter chairman is State Auditor Adam Edelen.
For more information about NLC of Kentucky, visit www.newleaderscouncil.org or contact Co-Director Ashley Parrott, aparrott(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)newleaderscouncil.org or Co-Director Sierra Enlow, senlow(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)newleaderscouncil.org.