2017 session descriptions


An Inside-out approach to leadership development: The value of focusing on emotional intelligence in your fellowship
Co-facilitated by Colleen Cruikshank and abby saloma

Imagine yourself in a meeting on a contentious topic. In scenario one, the CEO affirms it is challenging, asks for the team's perspective, listens intently, and then calmly asks for support in her decision. In scenario two, the CEO hastily brings up the agenda item, cuts off team members trying to share their perspective, and gives them a directive. Which CEO's leadership is likely to be more effective? The first, of course. What the second leader lacks is emotional intelligence (EI). Often dismissed as a "soft skill," research shows that EI is a critical attribute of successful leaders. A 2016 Harvard Business Review article cited EI as one of the biggest predictors of performance in the workplace and a strong driver of leadership and personal excellence. In good news, EI can be learned. We will explore what exactly EI is, make the case for investing in the development of EI for leaders at all levels, and learn simple steps for doing so. 

Facilitator Bios:
Colleen Cruikshank

Program Officer, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Colleen is a Program Officer at the Schusterman Family Foundation, helping to create and implement leadership development initiatives like the Schusterman Fellowship, the Talent Alliance, and gatherings for the leaders of our grantee partner organizations. She brings a sense of calm, order, and joy to the Foundation's programs.
Colleen's professional background is in event coordination and business development. She graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a BA in Sociology and an informal minor in rowing. Colleen lives in DC with her h
husband, their daughter, and their dog. 

Abby Saloma
Senior Program Officer, C
harles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Abby believes that individual change drives organizational change and that leaders are at their best when they are leading from "the inside out." As a Senior Program Officer, Abby oversees the Schusterman Family Foundation's leadership initiatives — including its flagship Schusterman Fellowship program — designed to develop and support leaders who are leading change in the Jewish sector and beyond. 
Abby brings to the Foundation a breadth and depth of experience from the for-profit, non-profit, Jewish, and secular sectors. Abby was the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for BBYO, the world's leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement. Abby also serves as the Executive Director at Street Sense, a DC-based non-profit working to empower the homeless.
Abby holds a BA from Penn State, an MA from George Washington, a Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown, and is a certified yoga instructor. 

Bringing an equity lens to your fellowship
Co-facilitated by Tamara Arnold and Nigel-Ray Garcia

In an increasingly diverse social sector, are we preparing our fellows and the organizations with which they work with the proper tools to be successful? How do we prepare those with whom we work for their role in establishing an "agenda for equity and racial justice?"
Fellowship programs play a critical role in challenges facing the social sector around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This breakout session will focus on why it's important to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) curriculum into fellowship programming, and how organizations can be successful in this endeavor. Participants will explore the positive outcomes for fellows and organizations, components of successful DEI efforts in fellowship programming, and best practices and strategies organizations are using when thinking about trainings.

Facilitator Bios:
Tamara Arnold
Programs Manager, Baltimore Corps
Tamara Arnold is an educator first. As a programs manager at Baltimore Corps, she curates a fellowship experience aligned with the organization's strategic goals and mission, designing and implementing leadership development for Fellows with an equity lens. Her experience in education grounds her passion to focus on the whole person to transform the trajectories of at-risk communities.

Nigel-Ray Garcia
Programs Manager, Baltimore Corps
As a Baltimore Corps Programs Manager, Nigel-Ray Garcia focuses on building meaningful programming to drive the fellowship experience, advancing Fellows' leadership capabilities through one-on-one support, community engagement, and learning around racial justice and inequity.

Ensuring sustainability in leadership exchange programs through social network analysis
Co-facilitated by anne laesecke and Megan smith

International leadership exchange programs are important for building the skills in global leaders that allow them to positively and effectively contribute to their communities. Impact from these programs is often sustained through networks that are developed during the exchanges, and social network analysis (SNA) is a key tool for evaluating those networks. This session will provide an overview of the methodologies used by IREX programs and discuss the key findings from each program's SNA, including network health, key actors, as well as how the findings have been applied to programming to better understand the elements of programming that work and why. Session participants will have the opportunity to consider and generate ideas on when and how SNAs can be used within their own programs, identify practical application for learnings gained through SNAs, and how the analysis can be used to tell impactful stories.  

Facilitator Bios:
Anne Laesecke
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, IREX
Anne Laesecke is the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the Mandela Washington Fellowship in the Young African Leaders Initiative. Her work in M&E has contributed to programs working on youth leadership, community development, and literacy.

Megan Smith
Senior Program Officer, IREX
social Megan Smith is a Senior Program Officer in IREX's Leadership Practice, where she currently manages the Community Solutions Program (CSP). Megan has also worked in international development for over ten years, focusing on education and leadership, and a regional focus of Southeast Asia. 

equity at the heart: how do we decenter white dominant culture in our fellowships?
co-facilitated by Andrew Daub, R.D. Leyva, and Daniel velasco

As the public sector applies more energy around DEI, fellowships play a key role in perpetuating or resisting white dominant culture (WDC). This session focuses on how fellowship programs can decenter WDC for staff and participants. How can your fellowship model the inclusive leadership you seek to inspire? How might your fellowship be unintentionally reinforcing WDC? How can your fellowship create spaces for diverse participants to reflect on how they navigate WDC as leaders? In this session, we will explore tools to identify WDC and how it plays out in our own fellowship models. We'll then learn how Latinos for Education actively decenters WDC in their Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship in Boston, and how they provide space for participants to reflect on their Latinidad while also navigating WDC as leaders. We'll provide collaborative work time to generate strategies that decenter WDC in your own fellowships. 

Facilitator Bios:
Andrew Daub
Co-Founder, oneTILT

Andrew Daub is the co-founder of oneTILT, a venture that grows education managers to lead through equity and innovation. Andrew previously managed coaching initiatives at Teach for America in DC, launching a yearlong values-based leadership fellowship program rooted in equity and design thinking. A 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellow, Andrew serves on the board for One Common Unity and has consulted with EdFuel and 2Revolutions. Andrew has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and MEd from George Mason University. Andrew enjoys tennis, Oscar season, and all things Patagonia.

R.D. Leyva
Program Director, Latinos for Education

R.D. Leyva is the Program Director at Latinos for Education, where he connects Latinos to professional development opportunities, high-impact roles , and one another. Prior to this role, he served as Director of Diversity and Leadership at Teach for America, where he launched local chapters of The Collective, TFA's Alumni of Color Association. R.D. is a former math teacher and he earned his teaching certification at The University of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.S. in Interpersonal Communications from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also an inaugural Pahara NextGen Fellow and an alumnus of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Program. 

Daniel Velasco
Vice President, Strategy and Programs, Latinos for Education

Dr. Daniel Velasco serves as Vice President , Strategy and Programs, at Latinos for Education. Prior to this, he was Boston Executive Director and later North East Regional Director at Johns Hopkins University's Talent Development Secondary where he oversaw regional implementation of the largest-ever randomized control trial of secondary school reform in American history (Diplomas Now i3 validation and scale-up). He is originally from Peru and started his career as a dual-immersion teacher with Teach for America. Dr. Velasco holds master's degrees from Clark University and Harvard University, and an Ed.D from Johns Hopkins with a concentration on human capital development.

it takes two (or more): initiating and sustaining partnerships
co-facilitated by Alissa fernandez and leila pedersen

Partnerships are messy. That's why most of us prefer to go it alone, without realizing the limitations that solitude places on our success. Come learn from our successes and mistakes as we explore best practices for initiating and sustaining partnerships. In this interactive session, we will work together to make plans to increase the impact of your organization by cultivating partners across various aspects of your fellowship, such as recruitment & selection, fellow placement programming, diversity & inclusion, fundraising, impact, and alumni engagement.

Facilitator Bios:
Alissa Fernandez
Partnerships Associate, Atlas Corps

Alissa is the Partnerships Associate at Atlas Corps, a nonprofit that facilitates professional Fellowships for international social change leaders in the United States. She builds partnerships by recruiting potential Host Organizations across the country and facilitating their Fellow placement process. Additionally, she provides Host stewardship throughout their 12-18 month Fellowship and Fellow Supervisor support. 
Alissa holds a B.S. from Georgetown University where she studied Culture and Politics in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. 

Leila Pedersen
Associate Director, New America CA

At New America, Leila created and runs a fellowship that helps innovative leaders in California use storytelling and communications as tools to create social impact. She also works to establish partnerships and facilitate collaboration among social impact organizations through events and content production. Prior to joining New America, Leila established and led statewide programs at California Common Cause to support government transparency and accountability measures at the state and local level. In 2012, Leila ran voter education programs at EMILY's List, helping to elect the greatest number of women ever to serve in the United States Congress. At Progressive States Network, she developed and managed working groups of hundreds of state legislators advancing election reform and tax fairness measures. 
Leila holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied psychology and public policy. She is currently earning her Master's at the London School of Economics. 

polarity mapping: Life is a paradox. deal with it.
facilitated by Kristine Sloan

You know that "damned if I do, damned if I don't" feeling? Many of the issues leaders face are not problems to be solved; they are polarities to be balanced. Utilizing the Polarity Wisdom Framework, we explore how to manage paradox and enable structures for self and community care over time. 

Facilitator Bio:
Kristine Sloan
Interim CEO, StartingBloc

Everyone can participate in cultivating the good in our world. This fact is both terrifyingly large and absolutely actionable — and Kristine loves a good action item. Kristine is the Interim CEO for StartingBloc, a global Fellowship community that believes that the world needs better leadership. She sees leadership development as one of the strongest points of leverage across all systemic challenges. Kristine holds a Masters of International Studies specializing in Rural Development, and prior to joining StartingBloc, worked in international development for six years, founding and leading teams across the African continent and in India. 

opening plenary
Facilitated by Emily ackley

This session will serve as both an icebreaker and as an exploration of the current state of the fellowship industry, surfacing the strengths, challenges, and opportunities of our organizations and programs.  

Facilitator Bio:
Emily Ackley, Senior Program Manager, ProInspire
In her role as Senior Program Manager, Emily is charged with developing and implementing programs that support the career pathways piece of ProInspire's strategy. She currently manages the ProInspire Fellowship in Digital Finance and designs curriculum and facilitates training for ProInspire's Fellowship and Impact Accelerator programs. She previously worked as an organization development consultant and held multiple positions with Accion Internatinoal, a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with economic opportunity for all. She specializes in designing and implementing new programs, analyzing and improving organizational systems, and collaborating with diverse and global stakeholders to build and successfully advance advocacy movements. 

Unconference: A collaboration space
facilitated by Kristen Lucas

The Unconference allows us to co-create the Summit agenda as we go. Bring topics that are on your mind that don't have formal sessions, subjects that spill over and need more time, and sparks of connection with others that you want to explore further. Using Open Space Technology, a methodology that has proven successful in conferences worldwide, this session offers the opportunity to: talk with others about topics of interest to you and your organization; learn from other people's work; dig into questions you want to explore; share your ideas and lessons learned; and build relationships. It’s like a potluck dinner, where we’ll set the table and you bring the food! To learn more about Open Space Technology, you can watch this video (http://vimeo.com/69798729) or read this description (http://www.openspaceworld.org/cgi/wiki.cgi?AboutOpenSpace).

Facilitator Bio:
Kristen Lucas, Senior Program Manager, ProInspire
With over 10 years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors, Kristen leads the ProInspire Fellowship program and new program development, including the recent Impact Accelerator pilot. She most enjoys building and facilitating the professional development curriculum. Prior to joining ProInspire, Kristen worked for Teach For America, expanding organizational capacity for teams and building competency by expanding the organization’s identity- and values-based leadership development programming. Kristen holds a B.A. in Psychology from Penn State University. She lives in D.C. with her husband and new daughter, where she also enjoys farmers markets, cycling, and practicing yoga.

Summit debrief 
Facilitated by lori severens

In this session, participants from each of the breakout sessions will report back to the broader group on discussions they had. In particular, we will ask a representative from each session to share:
·     What were the most powerful 1-2 takeaways the group had from the discussion?
·    What, if any, next steps did the group discuss, and how might others get involved?

Facilitator Bio:
Lori Severens
Assistant Director of Leadership and Design, Ascend at the Aspen Institute

Lori manages the Ascend Fellowship, a values-based leadership program for diverse leaders with the vision to ensure the American dream passes from one generation to the next. Lori also oversees Ascend's strategic communications efforts. In addition to her current work on the Ascend Fellowship, she has co-designed and launched two leadership development programs for US and global leaders.
Prior to joining Ascend, Lori was the regional director for North Africa and the Middle East for an international development consulting firm based in Tunis, Tunisia. Lori has also served in a variety of positions for the U.S. Agency for International Development, both in Cairo, Egypt and Washington, DC. She began her career at the Center for Policy Alternatives, working with state legislators and advocates on economic empowerment for women, domestically and internationally.
Lori received her B.A. in history and Spanish from Mary Baldwin College and her M.A. in international relations from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with her husband, two children, and their pets.

lightning talk speakers

Jill Grana
Project Director, Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, IREX

Jill provides administrative, programmatic, and financial management oversight of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Since its inception in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship has brought 3000 talented young leaders from across 49 sub-Saharan African countries to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training designed to empower the next generation of African leaders. Jill brings a background of 15 years working on professional, academic, and youth programs for US government and private funders, and has a proven track record providing meaningful exchange programs for students and professionals from around the world. 

Philip Li
President & CEO, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Philip Li oversees all aspects of management at the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. Phil has worked with several nonprofits throughout his career, including The Century Foundation, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Changing Our World, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Coro New York Leadership Center. He was introduced to Coro as a participant through its Leadership New York program, which prompted him to jump to the nonprofit sector from his career on Wall Street. 
Phil currently serves as the board chair of Philanthropy New York, the regional association of grant makers in New York City, and as a trustee of two family foundations. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Phil has a B.A. in Economics and Biology and an MBA from The Wharton School in Finance and Strategic Planning.