Applications are now being accepted for the Art of Leadership program through the Rockwood Leadership Institute to support nonprofit leaders of color within the Buffalo Niagara region. The inaugural cohort of the Oishei Fellowship for Leaders of Color will be comprised of 24 Fellows at no cost to the participants. The program is supported in full by the John R. Oishei Foundation.
Self-identified nonprofit leaders of color across a spectrum of professional experience and life are invited to apply.
Fellows will be chosen through an application process, vetted solely by Rockwood Leadership Institute, which will identify individuals who:
- demonstrate readiness to learn new leadership skills;
- are interested in participating in a rigorous learning experience to explore personal vision, increase sustainability, and build relationships with other nonprofit leaders of color;
- demonstrate a commitment to improving the wellbeing of all people in the Buffalo Niagara region; and
- who represent a diversity of racial/ethnic communities and a cross-section of nonprofit professional backgrounds, experiences, and sectors within the Foundation’s focus areas.
More information about the Fellowship can be found here and interested applicants should contact Sarah Demarest de Rivera at Sarah@rockwoodleadership.org.
The Oishei Fellowship for Leaders of Color will include participation in the Art of Leadership training, an intensive five-day retreat at Beaver Hollow Conference Center in November. The training teaches critical personal and organizational leadership skills, including visioning, listening, speaking, presentation, coaching, collaboration, and feedback necessary for successful, sustainable, and humane leadership.
In addition to the retreat, Fellows will also participate in a 360-degree leadership assessment, receive a comprehensive electronic workbook filled with tools and processes to use with their own organizations, and are connected with a deep network not only with the Fellows in their own cohort, both also within the international and national network of Rockwood’s 7000+ members. All training fees and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Foundation.
The Oishei Fellowship for Leaders of Color is part of the Foundation’s commitment to racial equity and is strategically aligned with the Foundation’s focus on providing resources and support to local nonprofits beyond grantmaking in the areas of leadership development and network building.