Empowering leaders for civil impact.

What is the Civility Leadership Institute?

The Civility Leadership Institute (CLI) convenes a diverse group of leaders from around the country for a year of training, learning, and crucial conversations. Participants gain deeper understanding from each other while discussing important topics impacting our world today. CLI cohort members will begin their year-long journey by attending the Civility Summit in Little Rock, AR on July 24-25, 2024. After that, the class will meet virtually once a month (schedule below). During each session, participants will work through an exciting curriculum, hear from dynamic nationally recognized speakers, and strengthen their relationships with each other.

CLI graduates will receive a  certification in Renew America Together’s Civility Framework, learn to identify and fight disinformation, undergo TypeCoach Influence Training and be invited to participate in enrichment programming. Upon program completion, members will be welcomed into the CLI Alumni network to continue building relationships with one another, receive an invitation to attend enrichment curriculum, celebrate progress and accomplishments, and host/attend special events. 

Who should apply for CLI?

Anyone that feels that our program will help you make an impact in your community. We hope to have a diverse class in order to provide our participants with a unique and impactful experience. Renew America Together knows it is our differences that make our country stronger and making sure CLI cohorts reflect America is of the utmost importance. Through the application process we consider: professional fields, gender identity, education, political affiliation, ethnicity, geographic location, age, and more.

Our alumni members include community leaders, law enforcement, mayors, educators, business leaders, grassroots activists, congressional staffers, nonprofit executives, students, etc.

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  • Attend in-person Civility Summit in Little Rock July 24-25, 2024.
  • Attend all virtual sessions taking place one day each month for five months with six months follow-up. (schedule dates below)
  • Participate in survey measurements during and after the program

Application & selection process:

  • Complete application to the Civility Leadership Institute (CLI) before the March 31, 2024 deadline. (Rolling applications accepted for limited time post-initial application window)
  • Participate in any additional follow up regarding the application (including scholarship questions, interviews, etc.).
  • CLI Cohorts will consist of approximately 30 participants.
  • Cohort 4 will be announced in June.

Investment per participant:

  • $995 tuition (this includes all virtual sessions, hotel, food, and entry to Little Rock Civility Summit)
  • Several full and partial scholarships available through the general online application.
  • Payment is due upon acceptance into the program.


Participants will:

  • Engage in the year-long Civility Leadership Institute program.
  • Hear from and interact with nationally recognized speakers on a monthly basis.
  • Recognize their communication, leadership, and influence styles as well as adapt to positively impact others.
  • Learn to communicate topical issues with civility through our civility framework.
  • Learn tools to identify and fight disinformation in the digital age. 
  • Apply learnings to specific situations through project work.
  • Co-create solutions to organizational and societal problems with fellow participants.

In-Person Civility Summit:

  • CLI tuition includes hotel, activities, and meals during the Civility Summit.
  • In-person curriculum based sessions. 
  • Networking meals/dinners with facilitators, staff, and alumni members. 
  • You will receive CLI materials and supplies (curriculum workbooks) book club literature, swag and more.
  • Featured speakers and hands-on activities on topical issues.

Upon graduation participants will:

  • Through the train-the-trainer model, participants will be certified to teach the Civility Framework and disinformation curriculum to others. 
  • Receive professional certificates of completion from Influence training by TypeCoach.
  • Join the CLI Alumni network. 
  • Invitation to attend continuing monthly enrichment sessions with General (ret.) Clark & other Renew America Together (RATO) featured speakers.


Session 1: July 24-25, 2024
Civility Summit in Little Rock, Arkansas

Session 2: August 16, 2024
9am – 4pm central

Session 3: September 20, 2024
9am – 1:30pm central

Session 4: October 18, 2024
9am-1:30pm central

Session 5: November 15, 2024
9am-1:30pm central

Session 6: December 20, 2024
9am-1:30pm central

January – June 2025 enrichment sessions with featured speakers will be held each third Friday of the month from 12:00pm- 1:30pm central.

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