DETROIT, MI – New Leaders Council (NLC) Chairman, Chris Kelly, along with the Detroit Chartering Chapter of NLC, have announced the 2015 Institute class of outstanding, young leaders. The Institute began in January and has already conducted two successful workshops which covered Life Entrepreneurship Training, Public Speaking, and Communication. High-profile local and national experts conducted workshops to share their skills with the fellows.
The New Leaders Council Institute is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals. An intense, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program, each NLC Institute is highly-selective, admitting only 15 to 20 Fellows to each program.
"It is an honor to be in Detroit and I am leaving feeling excited and inspired about the future,” said Mark Riddle, NLC Board Member & Executive Director, after visiting the Institute’s first session. “Seeing the talent and passion in the room should give us all hope for Detroit and for our country.”
This year’s Detroit Fellows are a characteristically diverse class, including attorneys, certified public accountants, aspiring politicians, educators, entrepreneurs and those in the non-profit sector as well as women, minorities and residents across the Detroit area.
"The New Leaders Council provides a platform for Detroit's young talent to flourish and enhance their strategic vision" said Dr. Cecil Forbes, Chapter Director of the New Leaders Council Detroit. "The five-month fellowship presents a non-traditional pipeline for fellows to engage and capture sound training and ideas from top notch business leaders, community figures and executives. I applaud the commitment of the NLC Advisory and Executive Board for recruiting the next generation of CEOs and elected officials."
"Detroit has always been the bedrock for innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit," said Kenneth L. Harris, Founder and Chapter Advisor for the New Leaders Council Detroit and President/CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber." Inviting young leaders to the table activates our political landscape and will be pivotal as it relates to opening community dialogue and solutions. The New Leaders Council creates a mechanism for younger leaders to directly influence inclusion and diversity in the marketplace."