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Progressive Leadership & Advocacy Network

2011 PLAN Class

2007 PLAN participants take part
in a leadership session.

The NWLC Progressive Leadership and Advocacy Network (PLAN) program supports a diverse group of emerging advocacy leaders working to make positive change for low-income women and their families.

Each year, 20 emerging policy and advocacy leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to working in a professional capacity to improve the lives of low-income women are selected, on a competitive basis, to attend the PLAN Fall Institute. The PLAN program experience helps participants become more effective advocates by strengthening their leadership and advocacy skills and in-depth policy knowledge.

PLAN is currently not accepting applications. If you have any questions about the PLAN program, please contact

Intensive Leadership and Policy Development

At the heart of the PLAN program is the Fall Institute, an intensive three-day leadership and policy institute for new participants. The Fall Institute features creative leadership, policy, and advocacy training facilitated by successful leaders and skilled trainers.

After the Fall Institute, NWLC is available to provide individualized technical assistance to PLAN members and collaborate on relevant policy and advocacy initiatives.

The PLAN Experience

"The Fall Institute was excellent. Every aspect was fantastic. Great topics, great staff, rigorous schedule ... and the building of camaraderie was amazing!"

"This experience ... gave me a deeper understanding of the issues I am working on, as well as the tools to help me do my job better."