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Strengthening the Bay Area

A fellowship for emerging and established changemakers.

Lead Bay Area:
Coro’s New Mid-Career Leadership Program

Are you ready to seize the moment and join an exciting new generation of leaders working to contribute to a better, stronger, more equitable Bay Area?

The Bay Area faces complex, urgent challenges. We need leaders with the capacity to collaborate across sectors and cities so that we can create new approaches to strengthen our region’s economic, civic, and social fabric.

Lead Bay Area convenes mid-level and early-executive leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors for an intensive, part-time leadership training fellowship. Fellows will expand their leadership skills and cultivate a thriving professional network over the course of 8-months and 110+ hours of rigorous in-person and virtual training. 

Lead Bay Area Fellows will learn the leadership skills necessary to succeed in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. They will emerge with a robust, cross-sector network of colleagues committed to each other’s growth and development in pursuit of improving the Bay Area. 

The Lead Bay Area Fellowship engages two concurrent cohorts of 24 mid-career and early-executive leaders from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors for intensive in-person and virtual leadership development seminars and networking.

  • Orientation and welcome: opening 2-day non-residential retreat.
  • Training and experiential practice in applying Coro’s proprietary leadership tools.
  • Access to decision-makers and influencers across sectors.
  • Confidential peer coaching circles to work on real-time leadership challenges, identify areas for growth, and expand capacity to lead change.
  • Bay Area Issue Days: Explorations of current, hot-button topics that are selected and organized by small teams of Fellows.
  • Access to Coro’s robust alumni network and opportunities to connect with other Coro cohorts.
  • Closing retreat and graduation.

Coro values diverse perspectives, identities, and world views represented in programming and program participants. We believe that all Fellows benefit from having many facets of diversity represented in their learning experience.

Lead Bay Area Fellows will reflect the make-up of our region, representing a wide array of backgrounds and lived experiences. Lead Bay Area candidates should be ready to engage productively with different perspectives and in personal reflection.

Lead Bay Area Fellows are emerging and established changemakers who:

  • Live and/or work in the Bay Area.
  • Are hungry for personal and professional development.
  • Are seeking to expand their professional and personal networks.
  • Have a minimum 7 years of professional experience.
  • Want to better understand the issues facing the Bay Area and take action to address those issues.
  • Are committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable Bay Area.
  • Commit to meet for all scheduled in-person and virtual program activities.

Lead Bay Area Fellows will:

  • Increase their leadership skills and confidence in navigating professional challenges.
  • Break out of their industry and sector silos. 
  • Gain access to decision makers and influencers across sectors.
  • Learn tools to understand and tackle adaptive challenges with a supportive, cross-sector network of peers.
  • Prepare to level-up in their careers or for a professional transition.
  • Move beyond the headlines to understand the complexity of pressing issues facing the Bay Area.
  • Feel empowered to do their individual and collective part to improve the Bay Area.

Lead Bay Area Fellows will meet in-person and virtually from September 2021 through May 2022. Click here to see program dates for Cohort 1 & Cohort 2. In the application, applicants are invited to select which cohort dates they prefer.

Tuition is $5,000. Need-based scholarships are available to professionals working in the nonprofit and public sectors. Submit your request for assistance with the application form.


Applications for Lead Bay Area are now closed. Please fill out our interest form to be notified about future deadlines.

Interest Form

Questions & Contact

Erika Carlsen
Senior Director of Training