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Cooperative Leaders and Scholars Institute Applications Now Open


The Cooperative Leaders and Scholars Institute (CLSI) is now accepting applications for its 2020 cohort. The Institute is October 5 - 10, 2020 in Washington DC.


CLSI is an opportunity for young co-op employees, board members, or post-secondary students to participate in a national cooperative conference and gain exposure to co-op industry and thought leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders.


Over the course of the program, CLSI, participants will:

  • Meet and engage with peers at CLSI orientation and community dinners

  • Participate in a one-day, pre-conference course on cooperative management from Saint Mary's University on October 6

  • Attend the full Co-op IMPACT Conference from October 7 - 9

  • Have access to networking sessions with cooperative mentors, thought leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders

  • Attend the Cooperative Festival Reception on the National Mall on October 9

  • Participate in the Co-op 5K (optional) on the morning of October 10.


Participants also receive a $500 travel stipend and shared accommodation at Marriott Metro Center in Washington, DC.

Applications must be submitted by July 2, 2020. To submit an application, visit cdf.coop/clsi. All applications must include a letter of recommendation. Contact Greg Irving for more information, or to sponsor a participant.

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