Learning & Networking

Strengthen and Extend Your Capacity

A key element of ILLC’s mission is to help leaders drive change within their communities. Leadership can be lonely, and ILLC nurtures transformative leaders by providing a platform for peer exchange and action-oriented learning, 

ILLC’s learning experiences were developed one experiment at a time. As the NLI alumni network grew beyond the fellowship program, ownership of educational design and implementation transitioned to the Alumni. The ILLC Board (formerly the Alumni Steering Committee), Planning Teams, and individual Alumni continue developing a range of approaches to engage, connect, and reinvest in leadership growth for our community of leaders. Below is a brief overview of the ways ILLC members can challenge and support one another’s personal learning agendas. As a community, we aim, over time, to share the learning into the extended community informal learning.

Virtual Learning and Audio-conferences – With the understanding that in-person experiences are not always an option, virtual learning seeks to find ways to connect and create meaningful peer exchanges from one’s home or office. ILLC offers a series of web- and phone-based activities to test ideas, build trust, support and draw support from peers, avoid burn-out, stay focused on leadership, and reaffirm our commitment to improving our respective communities. Our most popular format is the 90-minute audio conference focused on a specific subject, and often featuring a guest speaker.

Alumni Peer Application Groups (APAGs) – designed to provide an extended experience of peer exchange and learning opportunities based on the needs and interest of individual participants. APAGs are designed to be a small group experience and can be formed an anytime. Individuals interested in forming or participating in APAGs should use Slack, this website, the Summit, or other NLI gatherings to express an interest and recruit others.

NLI Summit – a multi-day immersive gathering available to all alumni, separate from other conferences, the goals of the Summit are to balance content, reflection and preparation for action. It builds on the bonds created via NLI to reinforce our role as leaders for the public good.

Learning Day – this one day meeting will be held annually, prior to the ASTC conference, to strengthen the connectivity of ILLC members, within and across cohorts, and encourage the sharing of real-world leadership lessons.