The Emerging Leaders Program is a 10-month, immersive, professional development experience for rising stars from the business, nonprofit, and government sectors who demonstrate leadership potential and are committed to supporting inclusive environments in their organization and community.
The Emerging Leaders Program inspires talented, high-performing professionals with experiences that empower them to deepen their community impact.
Program Content and Benefits
Emerging Leaders Program Participants grow in three primary areas:
Learn Transformational Leadership Skills
Skill development focuses on the tangible and intangible practices that strong leaders use to inspire and create change. Participants build these competencies by working with expert leadership coaches who guide them through monthly topics and exercises that are integrated with the Learning Day curriculum.
Increase Civic Engagement
Each month participants gain a deep understanding of a different community issue through a combination of:
Emerging Leaders will be hands-on with a small group of classmates, applying their developing skills while working with a San Mateo County nonprofit.
Build Cross-Sector Relationships
The Emerging Leaders Program elevates and empowers participants by connecting them to one another, and to organizations that provide opportunities for systemic change.
The program creates opportunities for participants to develop meaningful relationships with their cohort, and to collaborate throughout the program and beyond.
Participants learn from, and gain exposure to, speakers who are influential across SMC, and they leave the program as part of a valuable alumni network with ongoing connection opportunities.
Benefit My Organization
Program graduates bring their clear sense of purpose to everything they do. They have learned and practiced leadership tools and mindsets that will activate change with a clear vision, outcomes, and team agreements, and, in so doing, will inspire collaborative problem solving.
They champion inclusion, remaining consistently present to the importance of diversity to their organization’s success.
Through valuable connections to the people, organizations, and services across San Mateo County, they collaboratively resolve issues, address needs in our communities, and help everyone to thrive. They bring new relationships and a better understanding of how to meet the needs of all people in San Mateo County.
We welcome and encourage high-performing, professional candidates from diverse backgrounds and organizations who live and/or work in San Mateo County.
September 14-15, 2023
October 20, 2023
November 17, 2023
December 8, 2023
January 26, 2024
February 23, 2024
March 22, 2024
April 19, 2024
May 10, 2024
May 31, 2024
June 1, 2024
Joint Session with the Leadership CORPS Program
Candidates are selected through a highly competitive application process. Leadership CORPS applicants must:
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