How will sending an employee to LeadBoston benefit my organization?

The knowledge, skills, and connections acquired through LeadBoston will benefit both your employee and your organization.

  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the city of Boston, knowledge they can put to work in strategic decision-making for your organization.
  • Participants will strengthen their skills in communication, management, and complex problem solving, enhancing their efficacy in their management role in your organization.
  • The LeadBoston Alumni Network is over 1,000 members strong, representing socially responsible leaders from every sector. Your employee will have access to this network and the ability to connect your organization to leaders and collaborators across Boston.

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

What kind of employee will benefit from LeadBoston?

LeadBoston is designed for mid-to-senior level professionals with 15-30 years of work experience. See profiles of the current LeadBoston class. 

Employees that have demonstrated the ability to to influence change within your organization, your broader professional sector, or in the larger Boston community may be strong candidates for LeadBoston. Professionals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and people of all genders are especially encouraged to apply. Admission is both selective and competitive in order to maximize the benefit to the individual participants and to the cohort class.

What is the structure of the program?

LeadBoston is an 11-month program that includes:

  • An overnight advance one weekend in February
  • Full program days one Wednesday per month from January through November
  • 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
  • Activities that strengthen the connection of the cohort and build individual and group leadership abilities

What is the cost of sending an employee?

There is a $2,000 – $6,500 sliding scale fee based on the type and size of the the sponsoring organization, as detailed below:   

Corporation (for profit)

  • 15 employees or more: $6,500
  • Fewer than 15 employee:$3,500

Non-profit Organization or Public Agency

  • 100 employees or more: $6,500
  • Between 15 and 99 employees: $3,500
  • Fewer than 15 employees: $2,000

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 via our online application form. 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. 

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