A Behind the Scenes Look at Class XIV’s MLP Experience

Created by Class XIV Member, Olga Custodio
with photos by Denise Sample
April 2018

The Program is a Continuum


  • Opening Retreat
  • Education
  • Growth & Economics
  • Bioscience & Healthcare
  • Environment, Arts & Communication
  • Technology
  • Military Impact
  • History, Government and Criminal Justice System
  • Human Services

Board Preparation

  • Board Skills Training
  • "Pathway to Performance" (P2P)
  • Agency "Speed Dating"
  • Graduation

Commitment to Board Service

  • Dialogue with nonprofit organizations or city / county commissions
  • Follow up and communicate interest
  • Match your strengths, skills, talents and passion for mission
  • Be appointed and actively serve

Continual Learning & Engagement

  • Join the MLP Alumni Association (MLPAA)
    • Expert speaker series
    • Exclusive field experiences
    • Social networking
  • Report service positions as acquired
  • Annually report community service positions and hours
  • Nominate proven leaders for future classes
  • Access new board opportunities

Each year MLP introduces its new members, 52 passionate people ready to engage and grow into vital leadership roles in the local nonprofit and civic community, to its highly integrated curriculum. Participants are immersed in opportunities that prepare and nurture innovative thinkers to inspire and lead civic organizations. The initial 12 full-day series over a seven-month period, is an engaging curriculum shaped by current events, city growth, advancement goals, and the services that are needed by a dynamic, constantly emerging region — the nation’s 7th largest city.

Experts in the fields of History & Government, Criminal Justice, Bioscience & Healthcare, Growth & Economics, Technology, Arts & Communication, Environment, Military Impact, Education, Human Services, and crucial Board Skills Development are featured throughout the 12 full-day program. This direct engagement allows MLP participants to gain an in-depth understanding of the educational, economic, cultural, civic and governmental fabric of our city, and surrounding municipalities. It also gives them a backstage pass to experience the full depth and breadth of these issues along with direct connections to establish important networking relationships.

Application and Selection

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