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Participants experience an integrated, experiential community leadership program framed around statewide issues. Class members will engage in virtual and in person experiences, events, socials, community engaged projects, strengths-based coaching, and individual learning opportunities. These shared experiences transform individuals into a network of leaders to shape Rhode Island's future. The Core Program is not a starting point for leadership development, but rather a process for leaders to refine and enhance their commitment to Rhode Island. Following graduation, you join Leadership Rhode Island's network of 2,600+ alumni, and gain access to 700,000+ leaders through a National Leadership Network.


Centered on engagement, the program begins with a two-day overnight Orientation Retreat in January, followed by monthly session days from February to October. Full participation is required on session days and attendance at the retreat is mandatory. Employer support is essential as session days occur during typical work hours (7:30am-5:30pm). Leadership in Action projects, completed by small cross sectors teams, could require an additional 10 hours monthly. Additional enhancements, events, socials, and individual learning opportunities will be provided throughout the year. 

Overnight Retreat: Thursday, January 28 to Friday, January 29


Wednesday, February 10

Wednesday, March 3

Wednesday, March 24

Friday, April 9

Wednesday, May 26

Wednesday, June 16

Wednesday, June 30

Wednesday, July 21

**Wednesday, August 4 (makeup date)

Wednesday, August 18

Wednesday, September 22

Graduation Party: Saturday, October 16

Commencement: Wednesday, October 20

** Makeup date is reserved in case of session day cancellations.


Leadership Rhode Island strives to provide exceptional offerings and service, and your experience as well as your safety, is our top priority. LRI will adhere to CDC and local government guidelines, subject to change, to ensure safe programming for all participants. This unique time calls for a level of flexibility on the part of all of us and we realize, just as we know you do also, that restrictions may change. Class content and schedule may be adjusted based on recommendations from health experts; a make-up date is included in the program calendar. Some program sessions and events previously conducted in -person may move to virtual formats in order to follow social distancing recommendations. When in-person, LRI will follow best practices for hygiene, sanitation, and preventative measures. To ensure you are confident in engaging with us, attendance policies will be flexible due to sickness or other health emergencies. Our pledge to you is delivery of an engaging, thought-provoking and valuable experience. We are confident that your participation will be a rewarding investment for you, your organization and the future of Rhode Island.


Selection of participants is based on information provided on the application, two letters of reference, and a personal interview. Please allow ample time for the following steps:

Step 1: Complete online application by October 5, 2020.

Step 2: Pay $60 non-refundable application fee, payable to Leadership Rhode Island

The application fee can be paid online at: 


Payment can also be mailed to Leadership Rhode Island, 1570 Westminster Street, 1st Floor, Providence, RI 02909.

Step 3: Email two letters of reference to office@leadershipri.org OR mail to Leadership Rhode Island, 1570 Westminster Street, 1st Floor, Providence, RI 02909 by October 16, 2020.

Step 4: Complete CliftonStrengths assessment (a code will be emailed to you).

Step 5: Await scheduling by Leadership Rhode Island for a virtual alumni panel interview.


A committee made up of Leadership Rhode Island alumni will select a cohort of approximately 75 leaders who demonstrate a commitment to Rhode Island and are driven to positively transform the state. The committee seeks to create a diverse, dynamic, and well-balanced class, with an emphasis on broad representation of sectors, occupations, generations, racial/ethnic/cultural backgrounds, geographic residence, and community interests. 


The $5,830 tuition covers all program costs, including meals, materials, and all resources associated with the retreat and session days. Payment in full is due December 7, 2020. There is also an option that calls for a 25 percent initial payment and a payment schedule that ends with a final payment by August 1, 2021. Acceptable payment methods: check or cashiers check payable to "Leadership Rhode Island". Online payments include a 3% credit card processing fee. Each participant must make a personal commitment of $300 by December 7, 2020. Tuition is non-refundable.


Leadership Rhode Island has a tuition assistance fund available to those who demonstrate financial need. Requests for tuition assistance must be submitted by October 5, 2020, along with the application. No tuition assistance requests will be accepted after the application deadline. Contact Kristin Zosa Puleo at kzosapuleo@leadershipri.org for Tuition Assistance forms. Requests for assistance will be kept confidential. Tuition assistance requests and applications for admission to the Class of 2021 are considered independently. 


Leadership Rhode Island | 1570 Westminster St.1st Fl. | Providence, RI 02909 | 401.273.1574 | office@leadershipri.org| www.leadershipri.org


Personal Information


Leadership Rhode Island relies heavily on email to ensure timely and efficient communication. 

Demographic and Household Information

Leadership Rhode Island seeks a class that is reflective of the demographic make-up of Rhode Island. Accordingly, it is important to identify constituents from various demographics. Your responses to the following will assist our selection committee in addressing this class mix; however, your response is optional.

Current Employment Information

Previous Employment Information

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List educational background. Include college(s), advanced degrees and/or specific training.

Business / Professional Affiliations

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Community Involvement

Please list, in order of importance to you, current community, civic, religious, political, social, athletic or other activities in which you are involved. Indicate your role in these activities at this time. Do not include business/professional affiliations.

Interest Areas

General Information

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Please obtain two letters of reference: one professional and one personal. They should attest to your qualifications for this program, to previous leadership performance and potential to create change. Please list these two references below. Letters should be received by Leadership Rhode Island either by email to office@leadershipri.org OR uploaded with your application, no later than October 16, 2020

Resume/CV & Headshot