Leadership United

Leadership United is a comprehensive community leadership and board development program of United Way of Central Indiana. During the term, participants commit to approximately 5 business days of training. But training isn’t all Leadership United offers. Participants will complete service work and will become part of a nonprofit board as part of their experience.

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  • 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 a board fellow with a local community-based organization
  • 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 strategies


Topic Areas
Topics covered throughout the six-month program include:
  • Board Basics, Fiscal & Fiduciary Responsibility, and Fundraising and Marketing
  • Topics related to the United Way of Central Indiana priority areas: Basic Needs, 2-Gen work through Family Opportunity Initiatives, Public Policy & Advocacy, Social Innovation in philanthropy and Equity Initiatives for all people in our community
  • Leadership assessment, personal vision of community leadership, and cultural competencies


Time Commitment & Our Commitment to You
The program cohort meets approximately once every 3 weeks for a six-month span from January to June (Spring Session) or from July to December (Fall Session). There will be two all-day sessions which will be in person (to be determined with COVID restrictions), with the remainder of the sessions being morning only and conducted virtually. Gaining board service insight through the board fellowship experience is an integral part of this program and will run for the length of the program, requiring you to attend board meetings where you will apply what you are learning in a hands-on way.

Our commitment to you is that you will walk away from this experience with more insight into the issues affecting Central Indiana and prepared to serve on a nonprofit board, as well as learning about and developing new parts of your own leadership skill set.

How to Apply

Application Process
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


Connect with Strong and Effective Leaders


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