The Core Program brings together a group of influential leaders from around the state for an educational and inspirational experience that is unlike any other.

Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program is a 10-month commitment. Each session is designed to understand and address current issues in New Mexico. Each session features speakers who are specialized in their fields. The process offers an opportunity for discussion, inquiry, analysis, and development of solutions for our state’s most pressing issues.

Core Program sessions expose participants to different regions and local issues. They experience the unique culture, weaving a broad, comprehensive understanding of a multicultural and diverse state.


Each program year includes a two-day retreat and orientation, followed by five educational sessions on the topics of:

  • Health and Human Services
  • Economic Development
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Education
  • Government, Crime and Justice, and Leadership

The Core Program is open to all citizens of the state. Leadership New Mexico selects a class each year of 40-45 leaders who represent a cross-section of the various geographic regions as well as public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Special consideration is given to ensure diversity of race, gender, and occupational background. January 1 – May 31 of each year and class participants are announced at the end of June.

Tuition for the Core Program is $3,500 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.

Core Program Session Dates

September 3 – 6, 2024
Opening Retreat – Santa Fe (Mandatory Session)

November 5 – 8, 2024
Health and Human Services – Bernalillo

January 14 – 17, 2025
Economic Development – Las Cruces

March 25 – 28, 2025
Energy and Natural Resources – Hobbs

May 6 – 9, 2025
Education – Farmington

June 17 – 20, 2025
Government, Crime and Justice, Leadership – Taos

The first Core Program session, in September, will be all day Tuesday, all day Wednesday and Thursday. The last Core Program session in June will run Tuesday evening and full day Wednesday and Thursday, with graduation held Thursday evening. All other Core Program sessions begin Thursday and end on Saturday afternoon.

To nominate someone from your community or company for the Core 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 today for the Core Program! Applications are due by May 31, 2023