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OUR FELLOWSHIPS

Southern California is one of the most complex, diverse and challenging regions in the nation, rife with what social scientists call “wicked problems” – those intractable, seemingly unsolvable challenges such as homelessness, equitable access to early education and health supports, expanding effects of climate change, social injustice, and many more. Response to wicked problems requires collaboration among a broad variety of stakeholders:  nonprofits, government, business and philanthropy; neighborhoods and community activists; the faith community; individuals from across cultures, ethnicities, political viewpoints and value systems.

More than 3,500 civic-minded leaders have participated in an SCLN fellowship, gaining the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to make a real impact on long-term and trending issues central to California’s future.

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Leadership
L.A.

Exploration into the systems and trends of Los Angeles County while networking across sectors

Leadership Focus

Personal leadership style, mindfulness and mission-focus

Candidates

Early career to senior-level professionals

Time Commitment

Eight-month fellowship: two-day orientation, one Friday per month thereafter

Tuition:

Includes full fellowship experience, materials, meals and transportation

Cost:

$3,950*

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Leadership Southern California

Building and strengthening cross sector collaboration to affect positive change in Southern California

Leadership Focus

Leading collaboration and strategic partnerships

Candidates

Mid- to senior-level professionals

Time Commitment

Eight-month fellowship: two-day orientation, one Friday per month thereafter

Tuition:

Includes full fellowship experience, materials, meals and transportation

Cost:

$4,950*

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Riordan Leadership Institute

Intensive preparation to affect community change through service on nonprofit boards

Leadership Focus

Adaptive leadership

Candidates

Early to mid-career professionals

Time Commitment

Eight-month fellowship: one Saturday per month; six-month field experience with nonprofit board (approximately 10 hours per month)

Tuition:

Includes full fellowship experience, materials and meals

Cost:

$2,500*

*Member Benefits

Members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce or SCLN's alumni network recieve a 10 percent discount on program cost.