Designed exclusively for a small selection of YP members, the LEAD YP program focuses on leadership education and training of YP members who are seeking development opportunities in their careers, companies, and communities. The initiatives are geared toward identifying and enhancing the skills necessary for individual growth creating professional and civic forward momentum.


What is LEAD YP?  The DRC’s LEAD YP program is a 10-month leadership development program to help up-and-coming young professionals gain a better understanding of their personal leadership styles and gain new insight on leading and inspiring others throughout their careers. Participants will receive world class training in issues including but not limited to conflict resolution, negotiation, mindfulness, leading up, coaching and feedback, human design thinking, and speaker training. The class will also participate in planning and executing two small volunteer events for their class and the Young Professional Board to put their leadership skills to the test.

Who Should Apply? The program is best suited to individuals who are “life learners” and believe continuous professional development is critical to mastering new and increasingly more complex leadership roles throughout their career.

What You Gain? LEAD YP participants build confidence in their own unique leadership style and motivation to lead no matter their title. Class members will gain a better understanding of their own leadership style and how they can best position themselves to lead others.

Application Process: Applications open on Thursday, August 8, 2019. Participants will be chosen based on history and expressed desire to improve leadership skills both civically and professionally throughout your career. DRC YP membership is required to apply to this program.

Program Structure: This program includes a retreat, 6 classroom sessions, social event, 2 class led service project, a debrief session and graduation.

Other Key Program Requirements:

  • Be an active participant in Young Professional programming
  • Attend the YP Summit in the fall
  • Attend one Leaders Series Luncheon
  • Attend at least one Ambassador Task Force Meeting

Cost: $500 per participant (This fee is nonrefundable and all funds will be used to cover expenses of the program such as meals, training materials, speaker fees, and ticket to YP Summit, etc.)

Apply for LEAD YP

LEAD YP applications are currently closed. Please check back later in the year for the opportunity to invest in this 10-month leadership development program.



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