Journeying Together

Journeying Together

The WKKF Community Leadership Network with the Center for Creative Leadership is an innovative fellowship for local leaders to connect, grow and lead transformational change on behalf of children, families and communities. The 18-month fellowship brings together 80 inspiring and diverse leaders from the Kellogg Foundation’s priority places of Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans.

As part of the program, each fellow has the opportunity to choose an accountability partner from a different priority place to walk beside them over the 18-month fellowship. At this year’s gathering in Battle Creek, Michigan, we spoke to several accountability partners at the start of their journeys together. See

Leadership as a social process

Leadership As A Social Process

“For something to be sustainable, lasting and impactful, it’s never done on an individual level.”

~Paul Martinez, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

In Western culture, leadership is often associated with hierarchy, individualism and scarcity, placing one perspective at the center of the work with the expectation that others follow. As the world’s challenges become increasingly interconnected, this concept of leadership doesn’t meet the demands of our time. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, takes a radically different approach, promoting that leadership is a social process – one in which collaborative direction, alignment and commitment are at the forefront.

Paul Martinez is the chief leadership and human capital strategist at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he focuses on executive coaching, organizational development and capacity building within the leadership team, as well as fellowship and

Meet Class Three Fellows

Meet Class Three Fellows

“Our founder, Will Keith Kellogg, would be inspired to meet this new class and see how his vision of investing in local leaders is being realized.” ~ Paul Martinez, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

In July 2023, the W.K. Kellogg

Class Two Reunites In-person in New Orleans

Class Two Reunites In-person in New Orleans

“We are a powerful force. I have said that throughout this journey, starting in Battle Creek to here in New Orleans three years later.”

~ Reena Evers-Everette, Class Two fellow with the Mississippi cohort

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Reflections on the Fellowship

Reflections on the Fellowship

“The fellowship has allowed me to finally realize I am great at what I do!”

~ Celeste Sanchez Lloyd

Fellows are responding to the critical needs of communities, while stepping into the possibilities and leading transformational change toward an equitable society.

As part of a WKKF Community Leadership Network virtual gathering panel, fellows

Understanding Identities for Deeper Connections

Understanding identities for deeper connections

“I am from Lahore, Pakistan; Lucknow, India; and Jacksonville, Florida. I am from Awadhi cuisine of the Nawabs to bologna sandwiches and mint jelly.”

~ Sameen Piracha

For many of us, the opportunity to learn more deeply about the experiences of people who are

We Belong in Solidarity

We Belong in Solidarity

“When we are healers ourselves, as leaders, then we can spread that healing to more people as we try to build racial solidarity and racial equity in the United States and abroad.”

~ Kristyna Jones

WKKF Community Leadership

Leading Across Differences: Mississippi Flag

Leading Across Differences:
The Mississippi Flag

“Every individual deserves respect and dignity. Individually and collectively, people have the capacity, the power, the right and responsibility to effect social change.”

~ Medgar Wiley Evers

For 126 years, the intentional symbol of white supremacy known as the Confederate Battle flag loomed over the people of Mississippi, emblazoned prominently upon the state flag. Generations of activists have fought for its removal. Finally, in July 2020, a perfect storm of global outrage and community strength came together, resulting in the passing of historic legislation calling for the flag to be removed and a new design to be created.

WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows with the Mississippi cohort — Dr. Bryon D’Andra Orey, Patrick Weems, Zakiya Summers and Reena Evers-Everette — remember the work of those who came before and reflect on the strategies that led to this change finally happening.

Recognizing the flag’s traumatic impacts

“Changing the flag has been my life’s work,” shared Dr. Bryon

Reena's Leadership Journey

Fellow Spotlight: Reena Evers-Everette

“It’s extremely difficult when people expect you to step into the shoes of icons.” ~ Reena Evers-Everette

Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, has carried the legacy of the civil rights movement into her work, making

A Youthful Perspective on our Future

Young leaders inspire the WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows with their stories of activism and mobilization to advance racial justice

WKKF Community Leadership Network