Connect New Mexico was created to offer young professionals an opportunity to develop personal leadership skills, learn how New Mexico’s systems and structures work, and explore the issues facing the state.

Connect New Mexico is a 5-month commitment. Each session focuses on leadership skill development and the opportunity to learn about the statewide operations of a variety of systems and structures in the state.

The program encourages participants to cultivate new ideas and strategies to develop solutions to some of New Mexico’s most pressing issues. Participants are introduced to subject matter experts who provide insight into a wide range of topics. Participants have the opportunity to engage in discussion, inquiry, analysis, and the development of solutions for the complex issues facing our state. The program creates a life-long bond between young professionals and provides them with tools they can take back to their communities in order to implement positive change and improve New Mexico’s quality of life.

Each year, Connect New Mexico involves 40 to 45 young professionals, ages 25-40. Each applicant must be nominated by a Leadership New Mexico graduate. There is a strong focus on diversity when selecting the class; gender, ethnicity, business sector and geographic location are all considerations.

Tuition for the program is $1,600 and covers program costs, transportation during sessions, and meals. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the session locations and hotel accommodations. A limited number of scholarships may be available for those requiring financial assistance. A request for scholarship assistance does not affect selection into the program.

2024 Connect New Mexico Program Session Dates

August 6 – 9, 2024
Session 1 – Los Alamos

October 15 – 18, 2024
Session 2 – Las Cruces

December 3 – 6, 2024
Session 3 – Roswell

To nominate someone from your community or company for the Connect New Mexico Program, contact Leadership New Mexico at 505-398-1500. If you would like to apply, please download an application and send it to


Nominate an individual for the Connect program today! Applications are due by May 31, 2023