Leadership Columbus is excited to launch NxGen (formerly of Relā), a 10-month leadership development program focused on helping diverse professionals with 10 years’ experience or less become more self-aware servant leaders.

CLICK HERE to sign up for a Zoom info session about NxGen!

We believe that empowering the next generation of leaders is one of the most important parts of community trusteeship. The NxGen program is designed to equip emerging leaders with the necessary tools for growth and development in both their personal and professional lives. This program is ideal for professionals who are in their first or are desirous of their first management role.


  • Servant Leadership 101
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism
  • Navigating the Workplace
  • Performance Management



Launch Event:  The NxGen program begins in January 2022 with a two-day, mandatory Launch Event, held on January 27 and 28. This overnight event creates connection within the group and establishes the foundation necessary to begin the NxGen developmental journey.

Monthly Workshops: Participants engage in monthly workshop days (dates and times to be released very soon) in content areas mentioned above.

Personal & Professional Development Plan: We work with participants to develop an insightful and useful development plan, taking into consideration their employer’s goals and insights gained from their assessment, and their own aims during the duration of the NxGen program.

Assessment: An Emotional Intelligence 360 Assessment is administered prior to program launch. Participants are debriefed as a group to understand the assessment tool and then one-on-one to understand their own results.

Coaching: One-on-one EQ coaching is conducted to better understand the Emotional Intelligence 360 Assessment result and how to apply the new-found knowledge to their own development plan as well as their personal, and professional development in general.

Capstone Project: NxGen participants assist a local nonprofit organization address a systemic barrier or opportunity within their organization.


Mandatory Launch Event: January 27-28, 2022

Monthly Workshops: February 2022 – October 2022

Mandatory Capstone Graduation: October 2022

Specific dates will be released on this site very soon. If after you submit your enrollment form, you cannot commit to the dates published, you can withdraw your enrollment. 


Leadership Columbus continues to abide by all City of Columbus Covid mandates for masking and social distancing. We will make every effort to communicate changes to our policies as needed. Currently, all monthly workshops are planned to be in-person with masks required, with virtual support available for those who 1) test positive for Covid 2) otherwise feel uncomfortable meeting in person. For those joining any session virtually please note: your full engagement is expected, and the same attendance requirements are in place. No recordings will be made.

Participants who miss more than one monthly workshop will not graduate. Habitual tardiness will count as absence. Once final dates are released, if you cannot attend a mandatory event, please consider rearranging your schedule or enrolling for a future year.

$4,985 (tuition assistance available for those who qualify – see enrollment form)