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Leading From Within is pleased to share our learnings and insights coming out of the evaluation report of our Emerging Leaders program after it’s first four years. Click the button here to view:

Developing the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders
in Santa Barbara County

At Leading From Within, we have a passion for investing in nonprofit and other social sector leaders. The goal of the Emerging Leaders program is to empower, elevate, and connect the next generation of nonprofit leaders in Santa Barbara County.

Emerging Leaders is a 10-month (one full day each month) program that assembles a select cohort of emerging social sector leaders from Santa Barbara County and guides them through a rigorous, relevant and applied curriculum. Thanks to the continued support of the Santa Barbara Foundation, we will be welcoming a seventh cohort of participants and launching our Emerging Leaders 2019 program next January.

Imagine a Place to Grow

Unique to Emerging Leaders,  this program combines a professionally relevant curriculum with support in making deep connections with peers, mentors, and community leaders. Emerging Leaders is designed to help participants increase their leadership impact in their organization and the sector at large. In Emerging Leaders, you will discover, grow, and be energized. You will move forward with new resources & approaches for your own leadership journey.

Consider a Meaningful Experience

Emerging Leaders has been intentionally designed to provide a powerful professional development opportunity for emerging nonprofit leaders, including:

  • Cutting edge tools and research on management and leadership, presented by experienced facilitators
  • Approaches & skills to foster impact, effectiveness, collaboration and sustained commitment
  • Knowledge and insights about the distinctive characteristics and dynamics of nonprofit organizations
  • Connections with community leaders and resources
  • One-on-one executive coaching and peer coaching which support you in customizing what you learn to meet your individual development objectives
  • A new circle of colleagues with a common purpose — to support each other’s leadership beyond the program

To Learn More

  • Read all the information about the program on this website
  • Speak to some of the 19 current participants and 80 alumni of our Emerging Leaders program
  • Attend one of our October Information Session in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria
    • Santa Barbara Info Session | October 3rd at 9-10:00 AM | RSVP
    • Santa Maria Info Session | October 4th at 9-10:00 AM | RSVP
    • Santa Barbara Info Session | October 25th at 9-10:00 AM | RSVP


Applications for our 2019 Cohort are now open! Applications and materials are due November 2nd by 5:00 pm.

We’re here to help.  If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact our Operations Manager, Sarah at or 805-770-3232.

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