Program Cycle and Timeline

Attend an Info Session!

Please join us to learn more about the program, nomination, and selection process for our 2023-2024 Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI). We will be hosting four virtual information sessions throughout July. If you cannot attend any of the information sessions, they will be recorded and can be shared upon request.

You are welcome to contact BCLI staff with any questions you may have about the process, but are also encouraged to attend one of the information sessions before nominating a candidate or applying to be a fellow.

  • Thursday, July 6, 2023, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm CDT
  • Monday, July 10, 2023, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm CDT
  • Thursday, July 20, 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT

RSVP for the information sessions on Eventbrite.

Can’t make it to an Information Session? Please contact Chai Lee to get a video recording of the virtual session at

The BCLI Commitment

  1. Fellowship runs from October through April
  2. Attend 3 hour meetings per month on zoom, launch event, and graduation (dates below)
  3. Work outside of sessions includes readings, online discussions, webinars, and commission meetings 
  4. Total time commitment (including trainings and assignments) is approximately 80 hours
  5. Fellows receive a small stipend of $500 to honor this time and commitment*




Program Dates 2023-2024

  • Orientation
    • Thursday, September 28th, 5:00 – 8:00pm
  • Launch & Welcome Dinner
    • Friday, October 13th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Sat Session 1: Racial Equity Lens
    • Saturday, October 14th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat Session 2: Econ. Development & Land Use
    • Saturday, November 18th, 9:00am – 5pm
  • Sat Session 3: Workforce Development
    • Saturday, December 16th, 9:00am – 5pm
  • Thursday Night Issue Series #1
    • Thursday, January 11th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Sat Session 4: Housing Equity
    • Saturday, January 20th, 9:00am – 5pm
  • Sat Session 5: Transit Equity
    • Saturday, February 17th, 9:00am – 5pm
  • Thursday Night Issue Series #2
    • Thursday, March 7th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Sat Session 6: Health Equity
    • Saturday, March 16th, 9:00am – 5pm
  • Graduation
    • Thursday, April 4th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

All sessions will be in-person

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

For more information, please contact Chai Lee at

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