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San Rafael Leadership Institute

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The San Rafael Leadership Institute (SRLI) is Marin County's premier leadership development program for professionals seeking to make a difference in their community, expand their network, and understand Marin from the ground up. SRLI has been offering a singular opportunity to develop leadership and team-building skills while learning about current issues that impact Marin County for nearly 30 years. The program brings together many of Marin's policy makers and provides participants the chance to build relationships with key stakeholders in the county.

The Institute meets once a month from October through June. Each full-day, monthly session is held at a different location in and around Marin, exposing participants to local business, community centers and government facilities. 

Each year's class conceives of and carries out a Class Project, an integral component of the SRLI experience. The skills achieved in this group setting, which include leadership vision, facilitated debate and decision-making, are geared to assist future leaders in mastering collaboration and collective problem-solving. Previous projects have included the renovation of a nursery school garden, fundraising for San Rafael first responders, and developing a commuter toolkit for businesses. 

We are not currently accepting applications for Leadership Institute.

Applications for the 2017-2018 program will be available in Spring 2017. To be notified of when applications are available, please email Leslie Piper (or call 415-454-4163 x103) to be placed on our contact list.

Download the 2016-2017 Leadership Institute Brochure

Thank You to Our Leadership Institute Partners

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Testimonials from San Rafael Leadership Institute Graduates

"I absolutely recommend the San Rafael Leadership Institute. The program proved a great source of knowledge on how the community functions and how we, as a business, can operate more effectively within the community. The sessions were relevant and interesting and the networking was excellent. I found the entire program completely worthwhile and enjoyable. The benefits far exceeded the minimal cost of this well-run program."
Steve Fox, Chief Financial Officer, EO Products

"The San Rafael Leadership Institute experience has broadened my understanding of how our community functions. We can’t be involved in every aspect of the community, so these class sessions introduced me to new areas like our educational system and agriculture and expanded my understanding in familiar areas like nonprofits, foundations, government and the arts. A full day a month is a big commitment, but worth every minute."
Yvonne Roberts, Development & Marketing Director, Whistlestop

"For me, the San Rafael Leadership Institute was a nine-month window of opportunities to forge meaningful connections, to better comprehend what goes on in our community, and to see how we could make a difference. Every month a new topic, a new experience, a new contact – they were all top notch. From the speakers to the places you will visit, to the caliber of your classmates, and the variety of subjects you will be exposed to, some of which may be life-changing experiences, you will be happy you joined the program."
Fermin Alvarez, Program Manager, Renaissance Center of Marin