Intensive, Week-long Leadership Institutes

More information about the Winter 2023 Leadership Institute to be held in the Philadelphia, PA area will be posted soon. If you would like to be notified when we open applications for this Institute, please add your name to the list here.

While some generic non-profit management and leadership courses are available nationally, none exist that are specific to leaders in the complex and changing field of intellectual/developmental disabilities services. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities recognizes the responsibility to respond to this emerging crisis partnering with 18 major intellectual/developmental disability organizations; we offer a range of development opportunities for emerging leaders in the intellectual/developmental disabilities field. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities is best known for our intensive, week-long Leadership Institutes which are offered nationally, internationally, and virtually.

The Leadership Institutes are co-sponsored by:

The ANCOR Foundation, The Council on Quality and Leadership, Human Services Research Institute, The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, and Qlarant.

The logo of The ANCOR Foundation 
The logo of The Council on Quality and Leadership 
The logo of Human Services Research Institute 
The logo of The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services 
The logo of The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals 
The logo of Qlarant 

Why a Leadership Institute?

A crisis is looming in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities. Fully two-thirds of current CEOs and executive directors of nonprofit organizations and an equal number of government senior managers, anticipate remaining in their positions for five years or fewer. Many leaders of disability organizations are reaching retirement age and there is not a next generation of leaders prepared to move into these positions. In a recent study of intellectual/developmental disability organizations by The University of Delaware, over 50% of the CEOs surveyed did not have a succession plan for their organizations. Almost without exception, the leadership crisis has been a major topic of focus at recent conferences for intellectual/developmental disability professionals.

What do Leadership Institutes Offer?

The Leadership Institutes run by The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities offer a select group of future leaders from organizations across the United States and internationally, the opportunity to come together with a renowned faculty of national experts on progressive supports for people with disabilities. The Institutes support the development of skilled leaders who are passionate about quality, have the leadership, management and financial skills needed to run solid not-for-profit businesses and government agencies, are capable of assembling top-notch teams of caring staff, and have a solid commitment to progressive values that assure lives of meaning and impact for people who choose to receive support. The Leadership Institutes emphasize participation and collaboration. Extensive reading and structured assignments are required. Written assignments and individual and group participation during the week are essential.

A highlight of the course for past participants has been the relationships that are built over the week-long experience. Participants will leave with a network of colleagues and enduring relationships with some of the most influential leaders in the field.

The focus of the Leadership Institutes is on supporting participants to determine and set direction to move their organization to a high-performance model and build a lifetime network of peers and leaders to sustain career growth.

Applications are now open! Click here to apply.

To learn more about the Leadership Institute, e-mail Kristen Loomis at