The deadline to apply for the 2015-16 class of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute is May 15.

NORLI is a nine-month program designed to enhance personal leadership skills and examine issues central to the advancement of the New Orleans region. Through a competitive application process, the class brings together 40 business, civic and community leaders from the 10-parish region, with a mission to promote regional collaboration by providing a forum for the exchange of diverse viewpoints and a network of relationships.

The NORLI curriculum will examine public policy, education, workforce development, diversity, criminal justice, public safety, environment and sustainability, and will focus on how all of these issues affect economic development and quality of life.

The NORLI program consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions beginning Sept. 16 and ending May 11, 2016.

The nonrefundable tuition fee is $2,750, which covers all program costs and materials, including meals, as well as all expenses associated with the retreats.

For information on the commitments and class of 2015 program dates, visit

There is a $35 nonrefundable application fee. To apply, visit