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 2018-2019 BCLI program year – keep an eye out for next year’s information sessions to be posted here!


BCLI Informational Video

If you missed the 2017-18 BCLI Information Sessions – you can check out our 13-minute informational video of the PowerPoint used in our information sessions below:

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 15th, 2018


2018-2019 BCLI Sessions

Dates in 2018

  • Orientation                                                                        Thursday, September 12th, 5:00 – 8:00pm
  • Launch & Welcome Dinner                                               Friday, October 12th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Session 1: Racial Equity Lens                                           Saturday, October 13th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Session 2: Thursday Night Issue Series #1                    Thursday, November 8th, 5:30 – 8:00pm
  • Session 3: Economic Development & Land Use           Saturday, November 17th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Session 4: Thursday Night Issue Series #2                   Thursday, December 6th, 5:30 – 8:00pm
  • Session 5: Workforce Development                                Saturday, December 15th, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Dates in 2019

  • Session 6: Thursday Night Issue Series #3                    Thursday, January 10th, 5:30 – 8:00pm
  • Session 7: Affordable Housing                                          Saturday, January 19th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Session 8: Thursday Night Issue Series #4                    Thursday, February 7th, 5:30 – 8:00pm
  • Session 9: Transportation Justice                                   Saturday, February 16th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Session 10: Thursday Night Issue Series #5                  Thursday, March 7th, 5:30 – 8:00pm
  • Session 11: Health Equity                                                  Saturday, March 16th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Graduation                                                                           Thursday, April 4th, 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.