Leadership Columbus is excited to launch NxGen (formerly of Relā), a 10-month leadership development program focused on helping a diverse cohort of 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 in the content areas mentioned above.

Personal 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: Thursday & Friday, January 27-28, 2022

Monthly Workshops: Most workshops are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. *Please note there are weekly sessions in August.

  • February 8: 8:30am-11:30am
  • March 8: 8:30am-10:30am
  • April 12: 8:30am-1pm
  • May 10: 8:30am-11:30am
  • June 14: 8:30am-12:00pm
  • July 12: 8:30am-4:00pm
  • *August 2, 9, 16, 23: 8:30am-10:30am
  • September 13: 8:30am-12:30pm

Mandatory Capstone Graduation: Wednesday, October 12, 2022


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, 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 two monthly workshops will not graduate. Habitual tardiness will count as absence.  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)