LEADS is expanding to the North Shore! In collaboration with Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) and other high-profile partners in the region, LEADS will host a diverse, cross-sectoral group of leaders from greater Lynn, Salem, Peabody and Beverly in a 10-month leadership development fellowship anchored by faculty from Harvard Business School. Graduates of the North Shore LEADS Fellowship will join the growing LEADS Network, an expansive state-wide platform for collaboration and change-making.
North Shore LEADS is a collaboration with Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF).
Also in partnership with:
Essex County Community Organization (ECCO)
Latino Support Network
Lynn Business Partnership
Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development
New Lynn Coalition
North Shore Community College
North Shore Chamber
Enterprise Center at Salem St./North Shore Alliance
The United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimack Valley
WHO ARE THE LEADS FELLOWS?
LEADS fellows are diverse, cross-sectoral leaders, already working in positions of influence and committed to making positive change in the greater Lynn, Salem, Peabody, and/or Beverly communities. Fellows are nominated by community partners selected by a North Shore based selection committee. A full listing of previous Fellows in the Merrimack Valley can be found under the network tab.
WHAT IS THE TIMING OF THE NORTH SHORE LEADS FELLOWSHIP?
LEADS plans to run two cohorts in the North Shore, one in 2022 and one in 2023, working with a critical mass of leaders to make community and regional impact. Nominations for the first cohort will take place over the winter of ’22, with the selection scheduled for the spring of ’22 and program kick-off in August of ‘22.
WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM?
The LEADS Fellowship is an applied academic learning experience using a variety of learning methods, including Harvard Business School case methodology. Topics include strategy, leadership, cross-sectoral collaboration, teaming, systems thinking and innovation among others. Classes are taught primarily by faculty from Harvard Business School as well as other recognized content experts. In the second half of the Fellowship, LEADS fellows self-select into cross sectoral teams around system-level challenges at the local or regional level. LEADS facilitates a process to define the problem and create actionable solutions. The fellowship culminates in a “pitch day” where project teams compete for seed funding to jump start the implementation of the projects.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
The Fellowship consists of 8 modules over 10 months, including a three-day, two-night offsite. Most of the other modules consist of a full day of programming (usually a Thursday or Friday), and an evening networking event, with approximately 3 to 6 hours of preparation in advance of each module.
WHAT IS THE COST?
LEADS tuition is $8,000 for the fellowship year, but with the help of subsidized funding from the state and LEADS, no participant will pay more than $4,000 out of pocket. Tuition costs are allocated on a sliding scale, depending upon the individual’s particular situation. Nobody accepted into the fellowship will be denied participation based on economic hardship.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
LEADS is currently accepting nominations through its local partners, elected officials, and selection committee members. Each nominee is expected to engage in a 45-minute meeting with members of the selection committee to learn more about the program, discuss regional priorities and express their interest in participating. For follow up questions, contact:
Derek Mitchell, President