NxGen is 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.

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 2023 with a two-day, mandatory Launch Event, held on January 26 and 27. 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, January 26 – Friday, January 27, 2023 (This is an overnight event)

Monthly Workshops:

  • Tuesday, February 14
  • Tuesday, March 14
  • Tuesday, April 11
  • Tuesday, May 9
  • Tuesday, June 13
  • Tuesday, July 11
  • Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Tuesday, September 12

Mandatory Capstone Celebration: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 (This is an evening event)


Participants who miss more than two monthly workshops will not graduate. Habitual tardiness will count towards an absence. If you cannot attend a mandatory event, please consider rearranging your schedule or enrolling for a future year.

$4,985 ($4,735 if enrolled before August 31, 2022)

A Note on Tuition Assistance:
We encourage all applicants to seek tuition payment/reimbursement from their employer. In cases where the full cost of tuition is a burden for either the employer or the individual, a limited amount of tuition assistance is available. Tuition assistance is based upon demonstrated need and is limited to no more than 50% of the tuition cost. Leadership Columbus also offers a limited number of Diversity Scholarships, which are awarded by the Selection Committee based on completing an additional application. If you are employer sponsored and apply for tuition assistance, Leadership Columbus will ask for additional information from your employer to aid the Selection Committee in awarding tuition assistance dollars. Eligibility for tuition assistance includes, but is not limited to, self-paying individuals or individuals sponsored by a nonprofit organization.

Enrollment for NxGen is now closed. It will reopen in July 2023 for the NxGen Class of 2024.