Emerging Leaders Program

Turn "collaboration" into a powerful business force

Nominations for the 2018 - 19 program will be accepted mid-January 2018. Stay tuned!

The UMass Boston Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) provides a transformational leadership development experience through the collaborative leadership model - a process built on teamwork, trust, and respect for diversity of thought.

Collaboration is the key to learning from diverse perspectives, for breaking down silos, and for achieving better business results. But, no one said collaboration is easy. It is a leadership skill that needs to be learned and practiced in order to make your organization better.

The ELP brings 40 - 50 rising leaders from the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors together to build collaborative leadership capacity for their respective organizations through 90+ hours of action learning facilitated by subject matter experts with diverse peers, path to leadership speakers, and team projects.

Several outcomes of the program are:

  • Fellows gain confidence to enact the collaborative leadership model within their organization
  • Fellows are able to lead while encouraging leadership in others
  • Fellows form deep, durable, and diverse relationships with peers across sectors and industries
  • Fellows become more aware of important social justice issues resulting in civic engagement

Additional Information:

The program starts in September with a week-long leadership immersion session followed by monthly leadership forums through April.

Forums are scheduled to start at 8:15 am and run until 5:00 pm.

Fellows must be nominated by someone in a senior leadership position in his or her organization. The nomination form is available from January to mid-April each year. The nomination deadline is mid-April. Nominees are invited to apply. The application deadline is late-May. 

The fee is $7,000 and limited financial support is available to nonprofit organizations.

Look who's been accepted so far!


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What the fellows say

"Since graduating from the ELP, I look for opportunities to collaborate much more. I used to think that I had to it all myself. Now I realize that other people are willing to help me and together we can go further." - Geoff Phillips, ELP 2013

"I learned a lot about myself as both a leader and colleague. I learned how important it is to continue to communicate with people across sectors- as it is crucial that we all work together." -Julie Burke-Blanchard, ELP 2011


Center for Collaborative Leadership

McCormack Hall, 5th Floor, Room 431
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125