Annually, 16-20 emerging leaders, all of whom have a disability that is visible, invisible or acquired, are selected from a competitive process and actively participate in this year-long program as a Fellow. Our Fellows represent the diversity of our region and are passionate about growing as leaders and making change in our communities. They work in all sectors—corporate, government and nonprofit—and vary in age, race, ethnicity, and sexuality.
The Institute centers disability identity to explore leadership skills, civic engagement, and understanding of self and others. This immersive experience features monthly programming including sessions led by Disability Lead Members, panels featuring local and national disability leaders, and opportunities to expand networks.
Fellows also work closely with a mentor and develop a leadership plan specific to their goals for future advancement in civic and professional roles. Additionally, there are opportunities to engage in communities of practice and to participate in exclusive programs to accelerate civic engagement in the nonprofit and public sectors.
The 2024 Institute applications are open! Apply by the early bird deadline of September 15, 2023 to guarantee an interview. The final deadline to apply is October 6, 2023.