Applications for the LeadBoston Class of 2021 are now open. Click here to apply.

Who should participate in LeadBoston?

Since 1991, LeadBoston has competitively selected more than 1,000 individuals as LeadBoston participants. Representing the gamut of Boston’s professional, racial, ethnic, faith, and gender diversity, LeadBostonians are typically leaders with 15 to 30 years of experience and who have the ability to influence change within their organization. Participants are sponsored and financially supported by their employers. LeadBoston is not an introductory workforce training program, and participants are required to have professional experience prior to participation.

Click here to access the full LeadBoston information packet.

What happens at LeadBoston?

The LeadBoston year (January through November) provides participants with a unique opportunity to explore the complexity of Boston’s inequities through an inclusive leadership lens. Each month, participants gather virtually to discuss pressing issues and trends and hear first-hand from civic leaders, community organizers, business people, and academics. Through curated content and responsive programming, participants gain direct insight into key institutions and levers for change, strengthening their skills as leaders committed to advancing equity within their organizations and the broader community. The program includes opportunities to connect with classmates, as well as access to networking, educational, and social opportunities with LeadBoston’s extensive alumni network.

Does LeadBoston meet in person?

LeadBoston is committed to ensuring the safety of its staff and participants. Determination of whether in-person meetings will be added will be evaluated periodically and based on state guidelines.

LeadBoston monthly program structure:

  • Week 1: Self-paced, topical pre-work
  • Week 2: A live four-hour facilitated virtual session
  • Week 3: A live 90-minute facilitated follow-up session
  • Week 4: Flexible opportunities to connect and network socially

Monthly program days include:

  • Meetings with policymakers, corporate leaders, and academics
  • Visits to Boston’s civic institutions, schools, health centers, corporations, correctional facilities, and residential neighborhoods (Tentative and subject to COVID-19 safety guidelines)
  • Candid explorations of Boston’s inequities and how local leaders can make a difference
  • Activities that strengthen the connection of the cohort and build individual and group leadership abilities.

How does LeadBoston explore topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion?

LeadBoston looks broadly at systemic inequities and how they impact and are impacted by Boston’s institutions, neighborhoods, and industries. We foster skills that enable leaders to analyze root causes of diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges, then devise interventions that address those challenges. After LeadBoston, 93% of participants report that they are advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organizations.

How is my participation financed?

As a LeadBoston participant, you are asked to make an individual contribution of $300.

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to bring a completed employer commitment form with them. We request that your employer support your participation at the following levels based on the type of organization:  

Self-funded and self-employed participants are asked to contribute the full sponsorship amount of $6,500.

All fees and tuition are non-refundable.  Accommodations and flexible payment plans are negotiable upon request.

Applications for the LeadBoston Class of 2021 are now open. Click here to apply.