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

The Connect New Mexico curriculum is designed to offer young professionals the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills, learn how New Mexico systems and structures work and explore the critical issues facing our state. The curriculum has some elements of the Core Program and Local Government Leadership Program and focuses on leadership skill development. In addition, young professionals in Connect New Mexico learn about the statewide operations of a variety of systems and structures in the state. This process encourages participants to cultivate new ideas and techniques and to develop solutions to some of New Mexico’s most pressing issues. Participants are also introduced to recognized leaders who provide insight into a wide-range of issues and topics.

There are three sessions of the Connect New Mexico Program conducted each year. Attendance at all sessions is required to complete the program. Each year, Connect New Mexico involves 35-40 young professionals, ages 25-40, from throughout the state. Each applicant must be nominated by a Leadership New Mexico graduate and there will be a strong focus on the four areas of diversity when selecting the class: i.e. gender, ethnicity, business sector and geographic location.

Tuition for the program is $1,600 and covers all 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 are available for those requiring financial assistance. A request for scholarship assistance does not affect selection into the program.

2019 / 2020
Connect New Mexico Program Session Dates

September 25-28, 2019
Wednesday 4:30 p.m. through Saturday 12:00 noon

Los Alamos

November 13-16, 2019
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. through Saturday 12:00 noon

Las Cruces

January 14-17, 2020
Tuesday 5:30 p.m. through Friday 9:00 p.m.

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