Workforce Systems Leadership Program – Applications Open for 2020-2021 Cohort

Workforce Systems Leadership Program – Applications Open for 2020-2021 Cohort

Through a strategic partnership with Coro New York, WPTI’s Workforce Field Building HUB has launched a 24-member cohort training program, for leaders from government, community-based organizations, academia, and the private sector to advance leadership skills, cultivate a deeper understanding of New York City’s workforce system, and create change at the systemic level. 

As you all know, the COVID-19 situation has complicated delivery of services across the workforce system. In spite of this, we are continuing to recruit for the 2020-21 cohort of the Workforce Systems Leadership Program (WSLP), a partnership between The Workforce Field Building Hub at Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) and Coro New York, with the cohort scheduled to begin in late May. Applications are currently due by April 13, 2020. If any dates change, we will inform you immediately.


This 10-month training brings together emerging and senior leaders from across the workforce field to respond to the changing workforce development landscape, drive innovative practices, and improve service delivery for low-income New Yorkers seeking employment and career opportunities. WSLP provides our city’s workforce systems executives with new knowledge, skills, resources, and a multi-sector network—while building a pipeline for leadership in the field.

We competitively select 24 leaders each year from community-based organizations, government agencies, foundations, post-secondary and career and technical education institutions, unions, and other organizations to form a diverse, cross-sector cohort of changemakers. Participants learn and share best practices, interview experts in the field, explore challenges in the workforce development system, and apply their learning in real-time to achieve desired outcomes of a project they identify.

The program is deeply collaborative. Those selected will join a long-lasting, supportive network of leaders committed to system change and to better serving low-income job seekers. 

When: Designed for busy professionals, the next cohort for this 10-month program will begin in May 2020. Participants will meet once or twice each month for strategy days, leadership retreats, and training. Click here for the 2020 program calendar.

Cost: There is no cost to participate in the program, thanks to the generous support of our private funders Ira W DeCamp Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mizuho USA Foundation, NYC Department of Small Business Services, Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable $100 materials fee is required.

To Apply: Click here for an application. The deadline to apply is April 13, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Justin Collins, Assistant Director of the Workforce Field Building Hub, at We hope to hear from you.