Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Recommend us on Google+ Watch us on YouTube Join us on LinkedIn NLC on Reddit
New Leaders Council

March Institute, 2016

New Leaders Council Coaching Program


This year’s NLC Class will get to be part of an exciting new mentorship initiative. The New Leaders Council Coaching Program pairs NLC alumni who are leaders in the Boston community with a Life Entrepreneur (LE) group of NLC Fellows to help them make the most of Institute, build relationships, and increase their professional network. Coaches meet with their LE group twice during Institute and assist fellows in a variety of ways including, supporting fellows’ capstone projects and helping fellows maximize networking opportunities.


The first group of coaches met with their LE groups during Institute in March. Meet the coaches and hear why they got involved below.



I volunteered to be an NLC mentor because NLC provided me with tools and connected me with the people (new colleagues and friends!) that I needed to help me shape a vision for how I could contribute to a collective, progressive society. I want to make sure I can help others do the same. 
-Chris Conroy NLC Boston Class of 2013

Chris has spent the first 12 years of his career in the social impact sector, the last three year as Founder & CEO of SoGood, helping grow the business from a small nonprofit consulting firm in Boston to a nationwide marketplace with partners in six major cities. He has developed local advocacy strategies for national nonprofit brands, coached internationally recognized social impact leaders, and led large urban school districts to develop regional volunteer movements that engage thousands of volunteers. Chris is part of a small team that received the 2015 Community Partnership Award from Boston Cares, New England's largest volunteer action center; his communications work has been featured on the U.S. Department of Education's homepage. He is a 2013 New Leaders Council Fellow from the Boston Chapter and has served on the board Press Pass TV and Chica Project, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering youth to excel through media production and leadership development.




I enjoy being involved with NLC any chance that I can. I know how much I benefited from the Institute, and I know how much I benefit from being part of a growing network of talented and motivated people. While I am just starting my journey in public life, I'm glad that I can share in my experience. Mentoring is an interesting term because it implies that one is always mentoring the other, but I think the best part about mentoring is that it is never a one-way street - there is always an opportunity for mutual growth. 
-Ian Cain NLC Boston Class of 2011

Ian was born and raised in Quincy and attended Boston College High, Boston College and Duke University for his MBA. Ian has worked in the Massachusetts State Legislature and Congress and also has experience in commercial real estate. Ian currently leads business development for Luminoso, a technology company in Cambridge. Last November, Ian was elected to the Quincy City Council as a Ward 3 City Councilor. Ian made history as one of the first minorities to be elected to the Council, along with Councilors-At-Large Nina Liang and Noel DiBona.




Being an advocate in one’s community can take so many different forms. I wanted to offer my experience as simply one more reference point for the fellows and hopefully offer helpful insights into areas they may seek to explore in the future, be it the legal profession or criminal justice issues. –Dave McGowan NLC Boston Class of 2010

David D. McGowan is an Assistant District Attorney with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, currently assigned to the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit and serving as Chief of Arson and Fire Investigations. Prior to his current assignment he served in the Narcotics and Asset Forfeiture Unit, Major Felony Bureau, and Appellate Division. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Boston College. David was an NLC Boston fellow in 2010.



*The Program is currently looking for a coach from the business sector. If you are interested or have questions about mentorship coaching, please contact the NLC Boston coaching co-chairs, Laura Sidla and Linda Forman Naval, at or*

Atlanta - Augusta - Austin - Boston - Broward - Capital District NY - Chicago - Cincinnati - Cleveland - Connecticut - Dallas - Denver - Des Moines
Detroit - Houston - Kentucky - Los Angeles - Louisiana - Madison - Maine - Maryland - Miami - Montana - Nashville - New Hampshre - New Jersey - New York City
North Carolina - Oakland - Omaha - Orlando - Palm Beach - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Rhode Island - Sacramento - San Antonio - San Francisco - Silicon Valley