Program Cycle and Timeline

Each year, we host up to four info sessions around the Twin Cities Metro Area. We’ve completed our information sessions for the 2020-2021 BCLI program year – keep an eye out for next year’s information sessions to be posted here!


BCLI Informational Video

Below is a recorded webinar of a BCLI Information Session from the past – you can check out our 13-minute informational video of the PowerPoint used in our information sessions below:

Here are the slide decks from this year’s info sessions

BCLI 2020 Info Session 5.21.2020 Slide Deck

BCLI 2020 Info Session 6.2.2020 Slide Deck

2017-2018 BCLI Info Session Video


The Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) runs from October – April, supporting one cohort each year.

BCLI Fellows are required to complete additional readings, watch videos, attend commission meetings and conduct online discussion forums with their cohort members. The total BCLI time commitment (including assignments and training days) total approximately 80 hours. All fellows are given a stipend of up to $500 to honor this time commitment.*



 Nomination Packets Due                                   Friday, June 12th, 2020

2020-2021 BCLI Sessions

Dates in 2020

Orientation Thursday, September 10, 2020, 5:00 – 8:00pm

Welcome Dinner Friday, October 9, 2020, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Sat. Session Training 1 Saturday, October 10, 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Sat. Session Training 2 Saturday, November 21, 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Issue Series 1 Thursday, December 3, 2020, 5:30 – 8:00pm

Sat. Session Training 3 Saturday, December 12, 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Dates in 2021

Sat. Session Training 4 Saturday, January 9, 2021, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Issue Series 2 Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:30 – 8:00pm

Sat. Session Training 5 Saturday, February 13, 2021, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Issue Series 3 Thursday, March 4, 2021, 5:30 – 8:00pm

Sat. Session Training 6 Saturday, March 14, 2021, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Graduation Event Thursday, April 1, 2021, 5:30 – 8:00pm



Click here to learn how you can join us at our Thursday Night Issue Series.

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*Stipends are pro-rated based on participation and attendance.