Leadership Program

SACNAS Leadership Programs

SACNAS is proud to offer multiple programs as part of our on-going leadership initiatives. Our goal is to develop the next generation of underrepresented minority STEM leaders whose leadership contributions will serve to strengthen and unify our communities at the local, national, and global levels. SACNAS leadership institutes prepare participants to assume leadership roles in the global scientific community by offering advanced strategic trainings that develop critical leadership skills.

2017 Timelines

2017 Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI)

Application Submission Window: January 24 - March 20, 2017
Institute Date: 
July  17 - 21, 2017
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, DC

Learn more about LPSLI.


2017 Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI)

Application Submission Window: March 15 - April 14, 2017
Institute Date:
July 7-9, 2017
San Jose City College, San Jose, CA

Learn more about CLI.

2017 SACNAS - Howard Hughes Medical Institute Advanced Leadership Institute (SACNAS - HHMI ALI)

Application Submission Window: CLOSED
Institute Date: 
Wednesday, June 28 - Friday, June 30, 2017
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD

Learn more about ALI.


What SACNAS professionals are saying...

"The Institute was transformative. I will highly recommend it to everyone. Thank you for the honor of being chosen to participate."
- 2010 Leadership Institute Participant

"Whenever I tell people about SLI I emphasize the quality of the Institute, the strength of the network among participants, and the focused commitment to minority leadership."
- Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Washington: Class of 2011


Watch: About LPSLI

Watch: Why Apply for LPSLI?


Overview: Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI) 

The Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI) provides premier training for motivated underrepresented minority (URM) scientists, laying the foundation for them to lead institutional transformation. In collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the LPSLI is an intensive five-day course featuring small group exercises, keynote speakers, leadership development planning, networking opportunities, and extensive community building among selected participants.

Program Goals

  • Offer an unparalleled curriculum that focuses on issues specific to the needs of underrepresented minority (URM) science leadership.
  • Establish and support a rich network of leadership-minded URM scientists.
  • Provide participants with take-away tools and individual planning to leverage leadership advancement at their home institutions.


  • Must be a SACNAS member at the time of application submission
  • Doctorate degree required
  • STEM field preferred
  • Postdocs, early career, and mid-career professionals in academia, industry, government, and non-profits are invited to apply

See our FAQs sheet and 2017 informational flyer.

Questions? Email [email protected].

Overview: Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI)

The SACNAS Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI) is a pilot program funded by the Genentech Foundation to ensure leadership development training for motivated underrepresented minority (URM) chapter students from the San Francisco Bay Area. The CLI is two full days of small group exercises, keynote speakers, leadership development workshops, networking opportunities, and extensive community building among selected participants from the Northern California region.

Program Goals

  • Provide cutting-edge leadership skills and training
  • Establish a rich network of URM peers and mentors in STEM by connecting students to Bay Area Leaders and SACNAS Professionals (including LPSLI alumni)
  • Showcase best practices for chapter success and recruitment
  • Equip students with critical take-away-tools including individual leadership plans, mentor-mentee relationships, and a comprehensive chapter manual that can be used to position their chapter for maximum success


  • Must be a SACNAS member at the time of application submission
  • Must be a member of a SACNAS Student Chapter that is located in the Northern California region (both officers & general members are encouraged to apply)
  • Must be able to provide their own transportation to the CLI location

Invited Applicants Receive

  • Hotel for two nights (two participants to a room)
  • Meals
  • Assignment to an LPSLI alumni for mentoring

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Overview: SACNAS - HHMI Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI)

Developed in partnership with HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), the Advanced Leadership Institute builds on the curriculum of the Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI) preparing LPSLI alumni for expanded leadership roles by diving into the core leadership competencies needed to become leaders in their organization.  

Program Goals

  • Provide the next generation of top-level leaders among URM STEM professionals the skills they need for advanced leadership.
  • Equip LPSLI alumni with tools based on current business approach to increase LPSLI alum presence in government, higher education, and industry.
  • Train LPSLI alumni to leverage networks to enhance their spheres of influence.
  • Prepare LPSLI alumni for future executive team leadership at an institutional level. 


  • LPSLI Alumni
  • Must be a SACNAS member at the time of application submission
  • Open to mid-career professionals with at least six years of professional experience (including postdoc fellowship)

See our 2017 informational flyer.

Questions? Email [email protected].