A Program for Today’s Changemakers

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

The 18-month program offers hands-on training, personalized coaching, community-based support and practical experience.


  • Unite with a diverse group of leaders from across the U.S. and learn from each other.
  • Gain skills to engage varied voices and bring people together around shared goals and solutions.
  • Join a global alumni network of fellows with resources and support to effect real change.


  • Expand leadership skills for navigating differences and strengthening communities.
  • Learn powerful ways to advance racial equity and racial healing.
  • Tap into your strengths and emerge with a stronger self-awareness and emotional intelligence.


  • Put new knowledge and skills into action through class and cohort activities and in your day-to-day work.
  • Become a champion for children and families to advance equitable policies and practices.
  • Get fully equipped to lead transformational change in communities.

“This fellowship really opened me up to understanding that it’s not just about serving our local population but about championing racial equity and changing systems in place.”

— Class One Fellow

The Program Flow

All-Class Sessions

In these core sessions, fellows meet in large and small groups, as well as individual sessions to build self-mastery, deepen understanding of racism and equity, and gain knowledge and skills relevant to community engagement and leading in place.

Community Cohort Convenings

Between all-class sessions, fellows participate in a smaller community cohort, where they go deeper on issues specific to their communities and practice new knowledge and skills.

Professional Coaching Sessions

Each fellow is paired with one of the Center for Creative Leadership’s global cadre of executive coaches. One-on-one coaching sessions guide fellows in bringing class material to life on their leadership journey.

All-Class Closing Ceremony

At the end of the program, fellows reconvene to celebrate their journey and successes throughout the fellowship and beyond.

What Alumni Fellows
Are Doing

Upon graduation, fellows join a powerful network of peers leading transformative change in their communities.

Israel Flores

Early Childhood Specialist: Helping Latino children thrive in Michigan

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Cyndi Nguyen

New Orleans’ First Vietnamese American City Council Member

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Tim Keller

Albuquerque’s New Mayor: Prioritizing equity and economic opportunity

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Corey Wiggins

NAACP Executive Director: Advancing racial justice in Mississippi

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Stay connected to meaningful change.

Follow the fellows’ journey, learn alongside them and receive updates about future application opportunities.

WKKF Community Leadership Network