A Program for Today’s Changemakers

The WKKF Community Leadership Network prepares leaders to rise to the challenges of our time.

From the Kellogg Foundation’s earliest days, founder Will Keith Kellogg articulated a formula for enduring change that includes investing in local leaders and authentic engagement of community. The WKKF Community Leadership Network is the manifestation of Mr. Kellogg’s vision. This 18-month fellowship program offers hands-on development, personalized coaching, peer networking and practical experience.


  • Unite with a diverse group locally and across the U.S. to learn from each other and foster lasting relationships.
  • Build a powerful multicultural, multi sector collaborative within your community to effect enduring change.
  • Join a Global Fellows Network of 1,100+ that facilitates connection, collaborative learning and collective action.


  • Understand your leadership identity and emerge with greater self-awareness, personal mastery and effectiveness in leading others.
  • Gain skills for engaging varied voices, navigating differences and bringing people together around solutions.
  • Learn essential ways to advance racial equity, racial healing and collective leadership in communities.


  • Get fully equipped to lead transformational change that benefits children, families and communities.
  • Integrate self-care practices that generate compassion for yourself and others and that build resilient leadership.
  • Put new knowledge and skills into action through class and cohort activities and in your day-to-day work.

“This fellowship has given me the confidence that I am a leader, that I can be a leader in my community. It’s also given me the confidence to show what leadership is to others, so I can bring them into the process.”

— Kahlida Lloyd, New Orleans, class two fellow

An Immersive Experience

Through a variety of activities, the program builds leadership self-mastery, understanding of racial equity and systems, and tools for authentic community engagement – all to support leading in place.

All Class Learning Sessions

All fellows come together for six in-person, multiple-day gatherings, plus three virtual sessions. In these all-class sessions, fellows learn from inspirational speakers and meet in large and small groups, as well as one-on-one with their coaches to deepen understanding of the WKKF’s DNA of racial equity and racial healing, community engagement, and leadership development.

Assessment and Self-awareness

From leadership assessments and conversations with their coaches, fellows learn how they’re showing up and ways to tap into their strengths. Reflection and journaling throughout the fellowship also increases fellows’ self-awareness to becoming more compassionate and effective leaders.

Professional Coaching and Community Support

A series of one-on-one personalized sessions with a Center for Creative Leadership executive coach guide fellows in bringing class material to life on their leadership journey. Fellows also benefit from having a CCL team coach for their place-based cohort, as well as meeting with WKKF staff and former fellows.

Peer Community Networking

In place-based cohorts, fellows go deeper on issues specific to their communities and practice applying the WKKF’s community engagement framework of cooperative planning, intelligent study and group action. Place-based cohorts collaborate to tell the story of their community and the children who live, go to school and play there, culminating in a group presentation to the class.

The Global Fellows Network

Through the Global Fellows Network, leaders continue to connect across different cultures, sectors and geographies for collaborative learning and collective action long after this fellowship. Spanning 44 countries with 1,100+ leaders from WKKF’s 17 fellowship programs over the years, the Global Fellows Network facilitates opportunities to meet and partner with other leaders; share ideas and innovative approaches; and work together to accelerate change that benefits children, families and communities.


Founded by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is dedicated to supporting thriving children, working families and equitable communities. Embedded within all the foundation does is a commitment to racial equity, developing leaders and engaging communities in solving their own problems. WKKF supports work throughout the United States and with sovereign tribes, and in Mexico and Haiti, concentrating up to two-thirds of grantmaking in priority places: Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans in the U.S., Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, and in Central and South Haiti. For more information, visit wkkf.org.


The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) seeks to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society across the globe. A top ranking executive education firm worldwide, CCL brings more than 50 years of experience, research and best practice to connect the challenges leaders face with the essential skills they need to be successful. Since 1970, CCL has helped transform more than one million leaders and thousands of organizations in 160 countries. CCL manages the WKKF Community Leadership Network as a grantee of the Kellogg Foundation. For more information, visit ccl.org.

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