Leadership United

Leadership United is a comprehensive community leadership and board development program of United Way of Central Indiana offered each year from September through May. During the nine-month term, participants commit to approximately 10 business days of training, or roughly one day per month. That translates to an impressive 75 hours of leadership and board development training.

Class of 2019 Application Deadline: June 30, 2018

  • What to Expect
  • How to Apply
  • Nominate a Candidate

What to Expect

Program Focus Areas
Leadership United will focus on three main pillars that will be used as building blocks for the program curriculum:
  • Board Education: Learn from experts in the field of leadership and board development, then serve as an intern for a local nonprofit board
  • Community Issues: Learn from subject-matter experts about the community’s most pressing needs
  • Leadership Development: Participate in learning experiences centered around interactive activities, group problem solving, team building and evaluation


Topic Areas
Topics covered throughout the nine-month program include:
  • Board Basics, Legal & Ethical Decision-Making, Marketing and Communications, Public Policy
  • Topics related to the United Way of Central Indiana priority areas: Education, Financial Stability, Health and Basic Needs
  • Leadership assessment, personal vision of community leadership, cultural competency


Time Commitment
The program will meet 12 times over the course of 9 months. The attendance policy permits two total absences to be eligible for graduation and all three full-day retreats are mandatory. Participants are also required to complete 20 hours with a board internship (all class members are matched/placed with a nonprofit board).

How to Apply

Application Process
Applications are open from May 1 - June 30.
This is a competitive program, so be sure to:
  • Take the time to read over the full application before you begin
  • Answer each question fully and thoughtfully
  • Proofread!
  • Carefully consider the time commitment and program purpose before you submit your application
  • Apply as early as possible




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Nominate a Candidate

Nominate someone for Leadership United
Recommend a professional you think could benefit from the Leadership United Program. Provide their name, email and company and we'll reach out to let them know you recommended them.

Consider recommending a member of your team, a colleague, a friend or a family member who:
  • Has a desire for active involvement in the community, particularly on a Board of Directors
  • Keeps a pulse on community needs and trends
  • Has an interest in continuing their development


Program Purpose

Are you looking for a way to increase your knowledge of Central Indiana community needs? Are you looking for an opportunity to serve as a leader on a nonprofit board or committee?

Our community needs strong and effective leadership. Network with other like-minded leaders and apply your strengths and experience to the causes you care about most.

Program Highlights

Leadership United mixes experiential learning, on-site agency visits and access to subject-matter experts to create a comprehensive and meaningful experience. Highlights include:

  • Participating in a poverty simulation
  • Working alongside a nonprofit Board of Directors
  • Visiting numerous local agencies
  • Creating a vision for your community leadership

Alumni Connection

Leadership ReUnited offers continued connectivity to your class members after graduation as well as the opportunity to meet and connect with members of other Leadership United classes – a community that dates back over thirty years.

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Questions? Contact Maggie Phelps, Leadership Initiatives Manager, at maggie.phelps@uwci.org or 317-923-1466.