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REDI Leadership Program

Building More Inclusive Organizations is critical to success and to the people they serve.

NeighborWorks America’s REDI (Race, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) Leadership Program is designed to assist a more diverse leadership pool of high-performing mid-career professionals in reaching their own, and the field’s, potential. To promote greater diversity among NeighborWorks Organization leaders, NeighborWorks America has developed a leadership diversification program as part of a larger focus on diversity and inclusion in the field. 

Program Overview

This program will:
  • Assist high-performing professionals from diverse backgrounds in the development of networks and leadership capacity to be as prepared as possible to take over top executive-level positions at NeighborWorks organizations and to strengthen the capacity of the field
  • Prepare participants to effectively lead and develop strong community development organizations
  • Build an individuals’ capacity to become even more effective in their his or her roles and more deliberate in their contributions to the field
  • Impart the key lessons and tools from the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program
  • Prepare strong, diverse talent and equip leaders to help communities thrive
  • Include 15 participants from chartered NeighborWorks organizations 


Fifteen participants of diverse backgrounds from NeighborWorks Organizations will participate in this pilot program. Participants will be high-performing professionals that are preparing to soon enter a senior executive-level position (generally a CEO/ED position).  The program will strive to ensure that the class represents the broad diversity of our NeighborWorks communities.  Admission is competitive. 
  • This program is open to all high-performing professionals from NeighborWorks Organizations
    • By “high-performing”, we mean professionals that have already demonstrated the skills and experience to make significant contributions to an organization and that are ready to perform at the top leadership levels of NeighborWorks Organizations
  • NeighborWorks America aims to create a diverse cohort, with particular focus on people from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are generally underrepresented in leadership positions in the NeighborWorks network and the community development field

Program Elements

  • The program is expected to begin in May 2017 and conclude December 2017 with 3-4 in-person sessions
  • Monthly coaching sessions with executive coaches throughout the course of the program 
  • Structured peer group work
  • Participant will address an organizational challenge that will also help the participant grow professionally 
  • The program is based upon the key tools and approaches of Achieving Excellence and infused throughout with opportunities for new perspectives and solutions related to equity and inclusion
  • Networking and increased visibility in the NeighborWorks network and the field
  • Introduction to the NeighborWorks network, structures and leadership


  • Participants will be expected to attend and participate in all of the in-person sessions and their peer groups meetings
  • Participants will be expected to fully commit themselves to working on a challenge that is organizationally and personally transformative, and to fully make use of the executive coaching
  • While NeighborWorks America cannot guarantee participants will be appointed to leadership positions, it will empower individuals to become the best candidates they can be by cultivating their leadership skills, confidence, and networks. 

Application and Nomination Process

The deadline for program applicants has passed for the 2017 class.


  • Application deadline: Monday, April 10, 2017 
  • Applicants notified of decisions: April 21, 2017
  • In-person sessions: 
    • Minneapolis NTI: Sunday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    • Philadelphia NTI:  August 17-18, 2017 (tentative)
    • Washington, DC NTI: December 11-12, 2017 (tentative)
  • On-going: Coaching calls 

Expected costs for organization:

  • In order to facilitate your participation in the events for this pilot program, NeighborWorks America will cover round-trip airfare or train fare and related lodging.  
    • Single-room accommodations will be provided in accordance with NeighborWorks policies
  • For the events that take place in conjunction with NTIs: 
    • Your participation in this meeting will not require the use of a Training Slot.
    • If you would like to attend other courses at the Training Institute during this week you may do so at a registration rate of $475. 
    • If staying additional nights to attend courses, you would be able to do so at the group hotel rate for NTI participants and you would be responsible to cover those costs.  
    • Participants or their organizations are responsible for covering any incidental expenses.
For more information: Contact Christina Deady at