Join NextGen's 2021 Leadership Lab for Young Professionals
Our Leadership Lab for Young LGBTQ+ Professionals is designed especially to give you the skills, network and inspiration you need to expand your contributions to your team, organization and community. You don’t need to have a long list of early leadership accomplishments under your belt to be admitted. Your commitment to service and potential to make a positive difference are just as important.
NextGen Leaders is committed to recruiting a diverse cohort of individuals from all backgrounds, professions and geographies. Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, elected officials and educators, artists and activists, if it’s time to take your career to a new level or in a new direction, let us help you make that happen.
Coming Fall 2021
NextGen Leaders’ programs are rigorous and affirming of our fellows’ identities. Our programs are free to our fellows but require an investment of time and energy that could be described as “significant but reasonable.” At NextGen Leaders, diversity is a driving motivation. Our goal is to admit cohorts whose members are diverse, aspirational and mutually supportive. Promise and potential as a leader are just as important as early career accomplishments.
The Leadership Lab for Young Professionals is designed specifically for people between 21 and 30 years of age who are ready to advance into early management roles or who have already been tapped to take on more responsibility and wish to either gain new skills or brush up on others that have become rusty. The Young Professionals Lab also typically attracts aspiring or early-career public servants, entrepreneurs who are planning or have recently launched a new business and young people who may be rethinking their first career choice.
Our Leadership Framework
NextGen Leaders has developed a carefully designed, integrated framework for leadership development for LGBTQ+ professionals. This framework serves as the foundation for all we do, whether a multi-day Leadership Lab, or a one-evening Alumni networking event, whether we are live and in-person or connecting with you virtually.
Overarching everything is one simple understanding: If you are queer, you are amazing, and you bring important talents, perspectives, knowledge, insights and dreams to everything you do. NextGen Leaders will only ever affirm and support who you are, and help you discover, embrace and nurture the best, most authentic you possible.
How we care for and manage ourselves and our personal relationships.
How we lead at work and advance our careers to maximize our satisfaction and our contributions to organizational and team success.
How we give back.
Leadership Lab Gallery
Meet Your Faculty
2021 LGBTQ+ Leadership Lab for Young Professionals
President, West Operations, North America Operations Unit, The Coca-Cola Company
President, AT&T, Western Region
Member, Georgia State House of Representatives
Senator, Illinois State Senate
Founder, The Craigberoch Business Decelerator; Author, The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent
U.S. Representative (CA-41)
Candidate, Charlotte, NC, City Council, At-Large
President, Dow North America
International Meditation and Mindful Living Coach
Former SVP and Chief Human Resources and Ethics Officer, Sempra Energy
President & CEO, LGBTQ Victory Fund & Institute
Founder, Next Generation Leaders
Educator, Consultant, and Author, "Communicate with Mastery"
David & John Auten-Schneider
Debt Free Guys blog & Queer Money podcast
CEO, Lead At Any Level
To Be Announced
Partners and Sponsors
At the center of the NextGen experience are our Leadership Labs. The 2021 Leadership Lab for Young LGBTQ+ Professionals is strategically designed so you get the most out of your time with us. You'll see that the Labs are interactive, oriented on must-have skills, and centered on vexing problems that keep senior leaders up at night. Labs also provide ample opportunities to network with people that are your natural supporters and champions. Finally, Leadership Labs are a safe space, governed by mutual respect and a commitment to fostering professional and personal growth. In our Labs, Fellows explore, with each other, our faculty, and coaches, big, complex and sometimes sensitive issues, always with an open mind and open heart and in a spirit of collaboration.
9:30 AM | Make Mindfulness The Foundation of Your Leadership
10:30 AM | Panel Discussion: Why LGBTQ+ People are Essential to Ending Racism
11:30 AM | Breakout Groups: Developing An Anti-Racism Agenda and Toolkit
12:00 PM | Harness the Uncommon Power of Networking Beyond Bias12:45 PM | Coaching on Constructive Communications Around Race
2:00 PM | Networking & Career Connections
10:00 AM | Leadership in a Post-Pandemic World
11:00 AM | Four Essential Leadership Lessons I’ve Never Shared With Anyone
12:00 AM | Financial Strategies for Young Queer Leaders
1:30 PM | Networking & Career Development
9:00 AM – Welcome Address
9:30 AM – Financial Stratagies for Emergining Queer Leaders
10:30 AM – Strengthsfinder
11:30 AM – So You Think You Want to Run For Office?
12:30 PM – Success Stories
1:00 PM – Breakout Sessions
(Strengthsfinder or DebtFree Guys)
2:00 PM – Career Development / Networking