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Network Leadership Training Academy


5th Annual Network Leadership Training Academy


 Build, Manage, and Evaluate Effective Networks

 Wednesday, April 26 to Friday, April 28, 2017

 Click here for registration information

Early Registration Fees Ends March 17 & Event Registration Ends April 17!
Be sure to register early- limited spaces available. Last year’s NLTA was full a month before the event.

Location: University of Colorado Denver- Lawrence Street Center, Terrace Room-2nd floor (1380 Lawrence Street, Denver CO 80204 )
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Do you engage in partnerships as part of your work? Are you a member of a community collaborative made up of organizations focused on a goal? Have you built up a network of partners to help you reach your organizational and professional goals? Are you looking for a place to learn more about how to do this kind of work effectively?
Many people today find themselves engaged in the “network way of working”- either as a member, funder, stakeholder, or leader/backbone of a cross-sector community network. These networks are often developed as a way to leverage the collective knowledge and resources of multiple organizations and communities to address complex social problems. However, traditional approaches to managing these processes primarily include practices that hinder our ability to foster new ways of working across boundaries. Learning to be an effective network leader requires skills to build, manage, and evaluate networks of people and organizations.
The annual Network Leadership Training Academy (NLTA) is a 3-day interactive workshop for network leaders and members from across sectors to develop skills that reflect the adaptive and innovative needs of managing a diverse group of stakeholders. The NLTA creates a space for conversations about network leadership, activities to learn and demonstrate ideas and skills, and practical tools to more effectively manage your individual organization in a network context and lead inter-organizational networks. The event is hosted by the Center on Network Science at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs.

View this year's tentative agenda, and read testimonials from past attendees.  For questions and information on transportation and block rooms at nearby hotels, please visit our FAQ's page or contact us at

 What will you do at the NLTA?

The NLTA training will be dynamic, practice-oriented, and highly interactive. Drawing on the latest theory, research, and practice, the objective of this training is to enhance the skills of network managers so they can be highly effective both in managing their individual organization in a network context and in managing and leading networks themselves.  

 The agenda for the 2017 NLTA is packed full of opportunities for attendees to share their own experiences and skills in small and large group activities, interaction with the leading trainers and thinkers in networks leadership through presentation and consultation, and topic specific panels and workshops to develop a "network of networkers".   Click here for more information about the agenda/breakout sessions. 

By the end of the training, participants will learn how to:

•Understand more clearly and better assess the logic of and rationale for networks
•Better understand why networks develop and what conditions influence their form and success
•Better understand their own networks, how they operate and how they are structured
•Have a basic understanding of social network analysis concepts and methods
•Work more effectively with other organizations in their networks
•Work more effectively with members of their own organizations who are working in a network setting
•Improve the benefits of network involvement for their own organization while minimizing drawbacks
•Be a more effective leader of and manager in a network
•Meet other practitioners working in networks in your sector
•Learn about PARTNER ( to effectively evaluate networks and use network analysis to strategically align goals with outcomes, leverage resources, and strengthen networks.

IMG_3715.JPGThe large-group core trainings will be led by experts in the area of partnership development, network effectiveness, and evaluation of interorganizational collaboration. Specific breakout workshops are led by an experienced practioners as an opportunity for small group conversations, interactive activities, and skill building with other with similar interests and challenges. Together, these trainers compose a team of experts that are well-versed in the topic area, have years of experience translating research to inform evidence-based practice,  and are committed to improving the way people can utilize networks to reach outcomes. For profiles of the trainers from the 2017 NLTA click here

Network Leadership Problem Solving Expedition
Additionally, the Network Leadership Problem Solving Expedition is a new activity this year that will engage small groups of participants in working together throughout the training to address a common community issue using a network leadership perspective. Each NLTA session will spark ideas, build skills, and offer tools to identify strategies and solutions to address their group issue. Groups will come together on the last day to present their process, solutions, and what they learned about working in collaborative networks that can be applied practically to their work.

 Registration Information

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2017 Early Registration Prices*:

  • $625 for Private Organizations
  • $575 for Public/Nonprofit Organizations
  • $325 for Students
  • $150 University of Colorado Student
  • $175 Daily Rate

Included with your registration: attendance all three days, all materials, breakfast and lunch for three days, and one evening reception.  Fees do not cover travel or housing.

*Early registration pricing ends Friday, March 17 and will increase by $50 after this time. Event registration will close April 17.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received via email to If we receive a cancellation notice after April 17, 2017, a partial refund will be issued ($150 deduction from registration fees for administrative costs). You can transfer your registration to someone else without penalty.

Discount codes are available for the following. Please email prior to registering to receive the discount code.

•Teams of 3 or more ($50 off per person)
•PARTNER users ($50 off)
•Colorado Nonprofit Association Members ($100 off)
•Denver Young Nonprofit Professional Network Members ($100 off)
•NLTA Alumni ($100 off)
•Current AmeriCorps Members

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Amounts will vary depending on the number of requests.  Please fill out this form explaining your scholarship request by Friday, March 10

Please note you will need to register and pay for the NLTA. Any scholarship awards will be sent as a reimbursement check towards your registration fee after the event. If you have any questions, please email

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