Leadership RI has been a recognized leader among organizations of its type from the beginning in 1981. At that time, there were only a scattering of community leadership programs across the United States, while today there are hundreds. LRI has been an innovative pioneer, serving as a model and mentor for many of the groups that have followed. The Core Program is not a starting point for leadership development, but rather a process for leaders to refine and enhance their commitment to shaping Rhode Island’s future. Graduates join Leadership Rhode Island’s network of 2,600+ alumni, and gain access to 700,000+ leaders through a National Leadership Network. The Core Program provides a return on investment for individuals, their organizations, and the community at large. Congratulations from all of us, Leigh!