The National Labor Leadership Initiative

People discussing during NLLI Retreat.

The National Labor Leadership Initiative (NLLI) is an intensive year-long leadership development program for top-level national leaders in the labor movement and the broader movement for worker justice.  Launched in the fall of 2013, the NLLI grew out of a partnership between the AFL-CIO, The Worker Institute at Cornell, and top labor educators from Harvard, Rutgers, Berkeley, Oregon, UALE, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. The purpose of the Initiative is to address the strategic challenges facing the labor movement in the 21st century and to contribute to helping top labor leaders acquire and refine the framework, knowledge, skills and qualities needed to lead in a dramatically altered and increasingly combative political and economic environment.  The NLLI aims to create a community of leaders dedicated to their individual and mutual learning and development, the strengthening and transformation of the organizations they lead, and the building of a broad progressive movement that empowers working people in a rapidly changing world.

The NLLI greatly appreciates the support of the Berger Marks Foundation.