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 inclusion in their organization
  • Strengthen leaders’ ability to understand stakeholders’ needs, solve challenging problems, and make better business decisions.
  • Broaden employees’ 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 and a broadened network of local leaders.

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

American Heart Association
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Police Department
Boston Public Schools
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Bunker Hill Community College
City of Boston
City Year, Inc.
Eastern Bank
Eaton Vance
Goodwin Procter, LLP
Holland & Knight, LLP
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Massachusetts General Hospital
MBTA Transit Police
Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
National Grid
Neighborhood Health Plan
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 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.

What is the structure of the program?

LeadBoston is 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 exploration of Boston’s inequities and how local leaders can make a difference
  • A combination of experiential learning, facilitated dialogue, expert speakers, and peer learning

What is the cost of sending an employee?

There is a $2,500 – $7,500 sliding scale fee based on the type and size of the sponsoring organization, as detailed below:   

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 when applications open in July.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and qualified candidates will be asked to come in for an interview. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to bring a completed employer commitment form with them as well.

To be contacted when applications open, please complete the form located below.

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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.