Next Generation Leaders of Color Program


The application period for the 2015 Los Angeles cohort of our Next Generation Leaders of Color Program has closed. Watch this space for an announcement of the new cohort in fall of 2015. 



Now in its sixth year, NGLC is a transformative leadership development program that builds leadership confidence, management competencies, and the ability to unleash organizational change. This year, we are excited to from a cohort of 20 people of color from Los Angeles health and human service organizations

CompassPoint has designed this program specifically for leaders of color committed to working with their community peers to drive social change.

View two powerful stories from past NGLC participants, who’ve shared their personal leadership journeys in video form here:

Humanity” by Angelica Resendez (2013-2014 alum)
In this video, Angelica Resendez shares what it meant to step fully into her whole self and the impact it had on her as she embraced her role as a social changemaker.

Push” by Yohana Quiroz (2009-2010 year alum)
Yohana Quiroz shares how her identity as a young mother with strong familial ties fueled her to become a driven and resilient leader.



“It's only been a week and a half since the finance session and I have gotten my organization to dramatically shift how we were going about the budgeting process, and I've started making headway in tightening communications between program, fund development, and finance. On a personal level, this training has also provided me with the skills and strategies to help my org through a tough transition period and to show my ED that I'm valuable to the organization.”

- NGLC Participant

Join the 2015 NGLC Los Angeles Cohort


Next Generation Leaders of Color  focuses on two of the critical content areas that pose significant challenges for many community-based managers and leaders. The first challenge is to supervise, develop, inspire, and influence people. The second challenge is to develop business acumen with an emphasis on financial strategy, comprehension, and literacy.

Using a multicultural framework that examines cultural dimensions in managing people and organizational finances, this program focuses on these two areas, deepening the management and leadership capabilities of individual participants, while increasing the overall health and sustainability of their current and future organizations of employment.



A cohort of 20 people of color from Los Angeles health and human service organizations will enroll in an intensive program with the following components:

360-Degree Assessment Tool

The assessment will take place at the onset of the program. It will provide participants an insight into the way others perceive their performance based on their workplace behaviors. Participants will be matched with coaches who will debrief the assessment results with them and develop their individualized professional development plans based on the results.


Inperson Seminars

Participants will come together five times over the course of the program for highly interactive learning sessions. The seminar topics will incorporate a multicultural framework that examines cultural dynamics and will alternate between leadership content and management content as participants work on their organizationally focused challenge. Expect 5-7 hours of homework in-between sessions. 

“Because of NGLC, I feel more confident and self-aware of who I     am as a woman of color in leadership.

By reflecting on my leadership journey, I was able to look ahead, which gave me the motivation to move in another direction in my career that was much more aligned with my passion, my values and my goals.

Because of this experience, I can honestly say that I am my authentic self and there's no better feeling than that.”

-  NGLC Participant

Facilitated PeerLearning Groups

Each cohort member will participate in a facilitated peer‐coaching group. Peer groups will meet over the phone for 2 hours between the in-person seminars and are designed to reinforce learning and provide real‐time problem solving and peer support towards the participant’s organizationally focused challenge.


Leadership/Executive Coaching

One-on-one leadership coaching will be made available to each participant to help them with their leadership and professional development goals regarding their self-identified adaptive organizational challenge. Coaching is optional and coaches will be matched with participants based on interest and need.


Final Cohort Gathering

To encourage and support a network of next generation leaders of color, the last in-person seminar will be a celebration of accomplishments and an opportunity to deepen the new relationships among the cohort. Alumni from other CompassPoint leadership cohorts based in Los Angeles will also be invited.

“NGLC creates a an honest and open dialogue around the challenges of being a leader of color. It opened up my own personal leadership and gave me a tangible understanding of a previously intangible subject."

- 2010 NGLC Participant



NGLC graduates report a higher degree of confidence, financial literacy, multicultural awareness, and strengthened supervisory and leadership skills. 


  • 100% of participants from the last two cohorts agreed that being part of a cohort that was all people of color had a positive impact on their learning experience. 
  • The majority of participants also report experiencing a sizable shift in their confidence to lead themselves, others, organizations and communities.
  • Most participants also described coaching as a transformative experience that boosted their self-awareness and empowered them to define and refine their own leadership practices.


For the 2010 Key Evaluation Findings Report prepared by jdcPartnerships, click here


Read more comments from past participants....

“I didn’t realize I could be a financial leader. I am able to go back to my organization and ask better questions, get better budgets, do better monitoring. It made a big difference for them and for me.”

“More than two years since I completed the program, I can see a clear connection between NGLC and the work we did at Habitat. CompassPoint did not invest in a program – it invested in me. As I grew in my own leadership I was able to become a leader in my organization. And together, we were able to create long term change in the community.”

“Before this program, I looked at other leaders and I thought they were special. Now I see that I have the tools and knowledge to join them, to speak up, to participate, and to lead.”



If you would like to be added to the distribution list for program announcements, send an email to Kad Smith.

Our special thanks to The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, and the S.H. Cowell Foundation whose support makes it possible for us to serve a diverse mix of communities, organizations, and causes through the thoughtful, committed leaders participating in NGLC.

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