We deploy 3 concurrent strategies to Catalyze, Cultivate and Connect leaders to amplify their skills and talents in service of thriving, equitable and resilient communities.
The core of the program is a transformative, seven-month executive education experience hosted at Harvard Business School and taught by HBS faculty and other pre-eminent thought leaders from around the state. The curriculum is designed to elevate the skills and leadership of LEADS fellows to advance personal, organizational and community development with a heavy emphasis on applied learning.
Throughout and beyond its conclusion, LEADS fellows are engaged and supported in the development of on the ground cross-sectoral projects for the benefit of local or regional communities. LEADS provides support and connectivity to other key stakeholders across the region and state to put ideas into action.
With periodic network-wide events, LEADS fellows build social capital and networks with individual leaders and cohorts across Greater Boston and Massachusetts, leading to fruitful mutual connections, ongoing exchange of ideas and access to greater resources to affect change in their local communities.
DEVELOPED WITH EXPERTISE
LEADS is directed by a dedicated group of experts with decades of experience delivering executive education, catalyzing transformative start-ups and working in Gateway Cities. The program was successfully piloted in Lawrence, Mass. in 2018–2019 and has expanded to host cohorts in Lawrence, Haverhill, and Lowell in 2020–2021, in collaboration with the Lawrence Partnership (Lawrence), Lowell Plan (Lowell), and Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce (Haverhill).
The concurrent delivery in all 3 communities allows for the development of an impact cluster, recognizing that many structural issues must be dealt with at the regional level. The Merrimack Valley Impact Cluster (Lowell, Haverhill, Lawrence), is strategically supported through a partnership with the Essex County Community Foundation, providing supplemental programming and networking development to amplify regional opportunities.
LEADS has recruited 69 high impact, cross-sectoral leaders across the three communities to participate in the program, which will run from August 2020 through March 2021. Participants are strategic thinkers and actors, already in positions of influence, eager to make new connections and develop new capability to further themselves, their business/organizations and their communities.