ProInspire Leadership Institute (PLI)

Interactive three-day workshops empowering leaders with the skills to scale impact

Program Overview

The ProInspire Leadership Institute (or PLI) offers three-day immersive workshops designed to support leaders of all backgrounds in learning, practicing, and visioning liberatory leadership.

In 2021, ProInspire launched PLI: Managing People and Power” (PLI MPP) workshops and fellowships virtually. In 2024, we’re launching a new offering: PLI: Exploring Identity” (PLI EI). Over the course of three days, participants in all PLI immersive experiences will build connections and relationships with other social impact leaders while engaging in targeted learning, sharing, and skills building. PLI is offered virtually, with pilots of in-person PLI launching in Detroit, Michigan.

I feel like I learned a ton about how to effectively deliver learning and manage conversations and create safe spaces just by watching ya’ll lead this. I think this is the most well-facilitated training I’ve ever attended. And over Zoom at that! So huge kudos to all of you for that.”

PLI offers both workshops and fellowships. The PLI BIPOC Fellowship is a program designed specifically for emerging leaders who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. Similar to the Workshop, this will be held over the course of three days. Participants in this space will have curriculum tailored to processing the experience of being a leader of color. Through the Fellowship structure, we offer a space where participants can work with others who are also navigating identity, privilege, and power while holding a marginalized racial identity.

In contrast, PLI General Workshops are open to participants of all backgrounds. PLI General Workshops are designed to reflect the opportunities that come with having a multi-racial space where people can connect with others who hold different identities. We have historically seen racially diverse cohorts for PLI General Workshops and we encourage BIPOC participants to register for whichever space feels right for them.

2024 PLI Training Dates

PLI BIPOC Fellowships | 11am-5pm EST daily

These virtual sessions are designed for leaders of color.

  • PLI: Exploring Identity | May 29 – May 31
  • PLI: Managing People and Power | July 31 – August 2

PLI Detroit | 10am-5pm EST daily

We’ll be hosting our first in-person PLI: Managing People and Power training in Detroit, Michigan at the Durfee Innovation Society (DIS) – open to participants of all backgrounds.

  • PLI Managing People and Power | August 28 – August 30

Not sure which PLI training is right for you?
Watch the video explainer from our Director Namira Anani.

About PLI MPP and PLI EI

PLI: Managing People and Power (PLI MPP)

With over seven cohorts now completed, PLI Managing People and Power is designed to engage people and project managers in ProInspire’s leading self and leading people practices for Race Equity Impact. During PLI MPP, you will explore and deepen a racial equity analysis around the power you hold when in management. By engaging in self-reflection and interactive activities with other participants, you will learn tools, practice strategies, and vision around liberatory ways to lead projects and teams.

You should register if:
  • You want to participate in a leadership development program that infuses a racial equity lens into its curriculum
  • You want to become a more effective leader and increase your self-awareness of your power on teams
  • Develop your leadership style to take a personalized approach to meet the needs of others within your sphere of influence
  • You are managing people or projects and want to build authentic, impactful connections in virtual space with one another so you can brainstorm, coach, and vision together
  • You enjoy exploring various digital tools and using virtual platforms for learning, reflection, and interaction 
  • Having a mix of in-session and before/after session learning opportunities energizes you
  • You are looking for a blend of analysis and action steps to apply in your day to day work 

PLI: Exploring Identity (PLI EI)

New for 2024, the ProInspire Leadership Institute: Exploring Identity training is designed to engage emerging leaders in ProInspire’s leading self practices for Race Equity Impact. During PLI EI, you will deepen and strengthen your leadership through storytelling and visioning around ancestral reverence, co-liberation, and thriving at all levels. Through self-reflection and interactive activities with other participants, you will practice storytelling, explore the power of ancestor reverence, identify your purpose in movement work, and better understand your relationship to rest and self-determination.

You should register if:
  • You want to participate in a leadership development program that infuses a racial equity lens into its curriculum
  • You want to become a more effective leader by creating a deeper connection to your familial and community history
  • Develop your understanding of self as a key component of having an authentic leadership style
  • You are an emerging leader and want to consider impactful questions about who you are in a virtual space with other people who are on a similar journey
  • You enjoy exploring various digital tools and using virtual platforms for learning, reflection, and interaction 
  • Having a mix of in-session and before/after session learning opportunities energizes you
  • You are looking for a blend of analysis and visioning around liberatory leadership to take back to your communities

The resources (articles, charts, video, etc.) were especially valuable because I will be able to refer back to them and incorporate them into my work and share them. The facilitation was excellent — a really good mix of styles, personalities, and strengths. Alas, I can’t shrink y’all and carry you around with me.”

PLI Detroit: Managing People and Power

ProInspire will be hosting our first in-person ProInspire Leadership Institute: Managing People and Power in 2024! PLI: MPP will be held in Detroit, Michigan at the Durfee Innovation Society (DIS) from August 28-30. Detroit is known as the Motor City, by its code name “Midnight” on the Underground Railroad, and as Waawiyatanong by the Anishinaabe peoples. We are excited to co-create a ProInspire space for liberatory management training on the ground in this historic location.

We will still be using the tools available to us through our virtual learning platform by making devices (phone/tablet) a required part of the in-person experience. In this high-technology space, participants will have a chance to learn, brainstorm, and engage with other participants in person and still see the responses virtually after the training ends.

Registration for PLI: MPP Detroit will also include a light breakfast, boxed lunches, and parking. Sessions will be held from 10 am to 5 pm for all 3 days, with spaciousness for networking, stretch breaks, and visioning. Participants from out of state are welcome to attend! Venue details will be shared with registrants shortly.


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Program Structure

ProInspire Leadership Institute (PLI) participants will engage in three consecutive full-day virtual workshops to develop key competencies and core skills needed to achieve greater social impact and further advance individual career growth. Participants are from all levels within an organization and serve in different roles.

During the immersive, they will establish a network of support and engage with their peers in coaching and skill practice. After the program ends, participants will have the option to participate in webinars on leadership development topics and join the growing and vibrant ProInspire Network for continued opportunities for learning, growth, and connection.

Your facilitation allowed people to feel safe and comfortable sharing, to be present, and for people to connect deeply with one another and build greater community during these remote work times. Not easy to accomplish in a Zoom format. I can’t wait to recommend it to my friends and colleagues.

Registration Process and Pricing

Payment Options

Program fees for PLI immersive trainings are due upon registration. Payments can be made via credit card.

Sliding Scale

Our registration fees are on a sliding scale. We offer a reduced rate for those who are unaffiliated with an organization or at an organization with a smaller budget. In recognition of historical inequities, we also have a separate fee schedule for the PLI BIPOC Fellowship program. PLI programs start at $80/day at the smaller slide of the scale and range up to $500/day at the higher end.

Our pricing varies across the different trainings we provide. Each program is in the following range:

  • Budget of $7.5 million or above: $750-$1500 depending on program
  • Budget of $5 to $7.5 million: $525-$1125 depending on program
  • Budget of $2.5 to $5 million: $375-$750 depending on program
  • Budget of $2.5 million or less: $270-$600 depending on program
  • Unaffiliated with an organization: $240-$525 depending on program

Our sliding scale supports accessibility for those with fewer organizational resources. Registration fees also include access to PLI’s robust learning portal, which includes prework, resources, participant directory, and several tools for an engaging training experience.

Refunds/Transfers

At this time, we do not provide refunds after registration. We will allow 1 transfer the same calendar year to another PLI workshop date if you can’t make the original date. Alternatively, you transfer your seat to another person of your choosing or give the seat to ProInspire as a scholarship for another participant. Please contact Ha’Na Muhammad at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Sponsoring Participants From Your Organization

Many organizations choose to sponsor multiple PLI participants as part of their professional development support of employees. Feedback from partners indicates that having multiple participants attend together adds significant value to the organization. If your organization is interested in sponsoring multiple participants, please contact Ha’Na Muhammad at [email protected].

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Meet the Team

All of our PLI trainings will be led by our Director Namira Anani (left) and our Program Manager Ha’Na Muhammad (right)! To date, we’ve graduated over 7 cohorts from PLI, and this duo is excited to welcome new leaders into our PLI Alumni Network!

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