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.

The Connect New Mexico curriculum is designed to offer young professionals an 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 Re-Connect New Mexico learn about the 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. Attendance at all sessions is required to complete the program. Connect New Mexico involves 50-60 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, materials, and speakers.  A limited number of scholarships are available for those requiring financial assistance. A request for scholarship assistance does not affect selection into the program.

2022-2023 Connect New Mexico Program Session Dates

September 21 – 24, 2022
Session 1 – Los Alamos

November 16 – 19, 2022
Session 2 – Las Cruces

January 17 – 20, 2023
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 will be open from March – August 31st, 2022. Depending on the date of your application submission, acceptance letters will be sent on (or before) May 1st, July 1st, or August 1st, 2022.