Conferences + Intensives

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders is an interactive and innovative program that prepares younger professionals from across all sectors to serve as nonprofit board members, committee members, and/or skilled volunteers.

Program Goals

  • Identify, recruit, and train young professionals to serve on nonprofit boards and committees, and to match them with local nonprofit organizations
  • Create a network of skilled, resourceful young leaders who will establish strong and lasting relationships that are personally and professionally beneficial and founded on a shared commitment to the common good.
  • Increase awareness for nonprofit agencies and professionals of the talent and knowledge of this under-utilized group
  • Develop young professionals’ sustained commitment to their communities so they are more likely to remain in Maine and contribute to the economy and quality of life
“Regardless of whether you were familiar with the nonprofit sector or had served on a board, it was an empowering experience that made me (and everyone else I spoke with) feel prepared to serve in a board capacity. Beyond that, the opportunity to meet and collaborate with such an impressive group of peers was amazing and filled me with optimism for the future of local nonprofits and our community.”
-Emerging Leaders Graduate, 2016

Program Format

Over three months–between September and December–the program provides leadership development training led by skilled facilitator(s), guest trainers, speakers and mentors. During the training, MANP will work to match the interests and skills of participants with the needs expressed by boards in our communities. The program has been designed with special sensitivity to the schedules of its participants, whose personal and professional commitments may provide limited flexibility. As a result, the majority of the trainings are designed so that employees do not miss a lot of time on the job.

Program Cost

Thanks to the generosity of program sponsors and supporters, participants pay $950 for tuition rather than the true cost of the program (approximately $2,500 per person).


  • Participants employed by MANP member and Friend organizations save an additional $100, paying just $850!
  • Many participants find that their employers will cover some or all of this fee.
  • Limited tuition assistance is available to participants from MANP member and Friend organizations. Tuition assistance can be requested as part of the online application.

Nominate or Apply to Participate

The official deadline to apply to participate in the 2018 class has passed. To inquire about participation, please email Molly O’Connell at moconnell@nonprofitmaine.org.

Be a Nonprofit Match

By 2025, 75% of the workforce will be Millennials. Younger nonprofit board and committee members add vital diversity to nonprofit boards. They bring different perspectives, ask fresh questions, and provide new skillsets. Yet, according to BoardSource, younger leaders are often underrepresented on nonprofit boards. Emerging Leaders is focused on reversing that trend.

The deadline to apply as a potential nonprofit match for the 2018 class has passed. To inquire about participation, please email Molly O’Connell at moconnell@nonprofitmaine.org.

Program History

Emerging Leaders launched in 2010 as Young Emerging Leaders and was seed-funded by Norton Insurance and Financial with WEX sponsorship. The Emerging Leaders program has now matched more than 200 young professionals with more than 100 community organizations in Maine. After eight years with Lift360, the Emerging Leaders Program has moved to MANP beginning in 2018.

Current partners include Rippleffect and Portland Symphony Orchestra.