CLP Participants

In general, CLPers are participants who care about New Haven and who have some stake in the common good and a commitment to making New Haven all that it can be.

Specifically, over the years, 63% of participants have come from nonprofits, half of whom are the top leaders of their organizations (executive director, CEO, etc.) and another 30% of whom come from the ranks of program directors or supervisors. Foundation leaders have represented 15% of participants, with business (14%) and governmental officials (8%) constituting the rest of the participants. If you don’t see yourself in one of these categories but are working in other ways to make New Haven a better place, we do want to hear from you.

Selection Criteria

Most importantly, we select participants in order to ensure that each cohort is a microcosm of New Haven. Our goal is not to meet a quota but to create a more powerful experience for participants by having many different voices in the room. We are mindful and intentional about representing the diversity that exists in New Haven, including race/ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, and faith traditions (or absence thereof).

Personal Aspirations, Shared Benefit

“I want to grow in knowledge and understanding. I want to come into the realization of who I am as a leader and be confident in that role.”

“I hope to establish a cohesive, authentic, trusting support network with a shared vision of improving our schools, bringing jobs to New Haven and improving health and justice.”

“I intend to: Learn how to be a catalyst for collaboration among disparate groups toward creating a better and more unified community.”

“I hope to be part of a group experience that will allow us to stretch and imagine new ways of being.”

“My intention is to strengthen ourselves, our learning, our work, and our community”

“My life’s work – and that of my staff- is about challenging authority, and those in power. It is very unnatural to be someone who actually has some authority now. Being the “leader” still feels a little like wearing a suit that doesn’t quite fit, or shoes that aren’t broken in. My hope is to figure our what being a leader means for me and how to be comfortable in my own skin. My intention is to be open.”

“That I can embody the paradox of ‘being enough’ and desiring to be more; that our cohort will fill up with each other’s ‘enough’ and become more effective instruments of peace and change in our community.”