Cooperative Leaders and Scholars Institute

CLSI applications are due Friday, August 17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If you still plan to nominate an applicant, email Greg Irving by noon on Friday, August 17, so your nominee has time to complete the application. 


Participants in the Cooperative Leaders & Scholars Institute will attend the full Co-op Impact Conference as well as participate in exclusive orientation and networking events designed specifically to meet their interests and broaden their understanding of the impact co-ops have on the economy. The Institute includes:

  • Orientation and networking sessions (requires early October 2 arrival)
  • Access to all conference sessions and social events, including Hike the Hill
  • Travel stipend
  • Shared accommodations at the Sheraton Pentagon City Conference Hotel

What is it?






This cross-sectoral program is designed for:

  • Promising and committed cooperative employees and board members, ages 18-35
  • Post-secondary students recognized for their demonstrated interest in cooperatives and credit unions.

Who Should Attend?




  • Provide a sponsorship for leaders from your co-op, organization or sector, and/or for general Institute attendee support. Your $1,600 sponsorship covers IMPACT registration, airfare and accommodations in Arlington, VA for one attendee.
  •  Identify and nominate prospective Leaders & Scholars to help NCBA CLUSA build a robust and diverse cohort representing the cooperative community





I think it was really successful for me. I was part of a panel about cooperators across generations. Being able to learn from the successes of group like the rural electric cooperatives, how they were able to scale, and what the worker cooperative movement can learn from it as well as what we can contribute to this conversation in terms of our focus on sustainability, racial and gender and immigrant justice led in addition to the economic aspects I think is really valuable.
— Anh-Thu Nguyen, Director of Special Projects, Democracy at Work Institute
I’m really interested in bridging that generational divide and helping to find who among the leaders of the cooperative sector today are interested in helping to support the young people who want to build the next generation of the cooperative movement.
— Nathan Schneider, University of Colorado