The John R. Oishei Foundation, in partnership with the Oakland, California-based Rockwood Leadership Institute, has set the dates for the second cohort of the Oishei Fellowship for Leaders of Color for October 26-30. This year’s five-day retreat will be held virtually because of health and safety considerations due to the pandemic.
We are grateful for an enthusiastic response already! With summer vacations and the ongoing constraints of the pandemic in mind, we are extending the deadline to Monday, August 24, (originally Aug 21) at midnight, to give people a few extra days to submit applications. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Demarest de Rivera @email@example.com.
Self-identified nonprofit leaders of color across a spectrum of professional experience and life are invited to apply. Like the inaugural cohort, the second group 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.
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. As the Rockwood Institute has moved all programs online, it is holding itself to its traditional high standards of excellence and has spent the last several months developing an online curriculum that is rich and rigorous.
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.
According to Karen Lee Spaulding, Vice President of Philanthropic Support at the Oishei Foundation, “As our community is challenged with the COVID-19 health and economic crisis and there is a growing call for racial equity and social justice, steadfast support of nonprofit leaders of color is required now more than ever. The Art of Leadership program is designed to fortify skills as well as create a powerful growing network that the Fellows can continue to rely on, collaborate with, and learn from well beyond the training program.”
In addition to the retreat, Fellows will also participate in a 360-degree leadership assessment, receive a comprehensive 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 but also within the international and national network of Rockwood’s 7000+ members.
The application process will open on August 1st. The process is expected to be competitive with more than 100 applications having been submitted for the first program.
The application can be accessed here. For more information, please contact Lisa Olszak Zumstein, Fellowship Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724.679.9261.