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

What are the benefits for the sponsoring employers?

Employers that support an employee’s participation in LeadBoston:

  • Equip leaders with the skills needed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organization
  • Strengthen leaders’ ability to understand stakeholders’ needs, solve challenging problems, and make better business decisions.
  • Broaden organizational access to key leaders, institutions, and professional contacts via the powerful LeadBoston network
  • Reward high-potential individuals and prepare them for greater leadership responsibilities

Sending an employee to LeadBoston makes Boston a better place to live, work, and thrive. Employers who sponsor participants will benefit from increased employee engagement and loyalty.

Your organization will be in good company, joining these civic-minded organizations that sponsor LeadBoston participants:

American Heart Association
Biogen
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Police Department
Boston Public Schools
Boston Red Sox
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Bunker Hill Community College
City of Boston
City Year
Deloitte
Eastern Bank
Eaton Vance
Goodwin Procter, LLP
Holland & Knight, LLP
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
LeClairRyan
Massachusetts General Hospital
MBTA Transit Police
Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
National Grid
Neighborhood Health Plan
Reebok
Santander Bank
State Street Corporation
Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department

Who participates 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.

See profiles of the current LeadBoston class.

Download the full LeadBoston information package.

What is the structure of the program?

LeadBoston is an 11-month program that follows a 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.

Note regarding COVID-19: 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.

What is the employer’s commitment?

Employers support their employee’s participation by allowing them time to fully engage in program days, encouraging the development and implementation of an action plan, and covering the cost of participation. There is a $2,500 – $7,500 sliding scale fee based on the sector and size of the participant’s employer. Flexible payment plans are available.  

Participants are also expected to contribute a $300 personal tuition. All fees and tuition are non-refundable.  Flexible payment plans are negotiable upon request.

How and when should my employee apply?

Leaders can apply for LeadBoston through our website right now. The application form consists of short personal and demographic questions, and will ask you about your leadership philosophy and reasons for applying to LeadBoston. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis and are encouraged to apply early as admission is competitive. 

Applicants who pass the first round will be invited for an interview with a LeadBoston alum. The interview is a great way to learn more about the program while the interviewer gets to know you.

Due no later than 5 business days after the interview is the employer commitment form. The form states that the employer will support participation in LeadBoston and finance the participant’s tuition. Applicants receive the employee commitment form after filling out a LeadBoston application.

Refer a leader

Do you think a leader at your organization would be a great fit for LeadBoston? Please make a referral! Simply provide their contact information and we will follow up.

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