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 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.

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What is the structure of the program?

View the 2020 calendar for LeadBoston, a 10-month program that includes:

  • An overnight advance one weekend in February
  • Full program days one Wednesday per month from January through October
  • Informal class gatherings throughout the program year
  • Graduation in November with a keynote speaker
  • Alumni networking events during and after the program

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
  • 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 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.  Flexible payment plans are negotiable upon request.