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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 6-months and 80+ 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 a cohort of 30 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 in the Bay Area and virtually from October 2023 through May 2024. View the schedule here.

Tuition is $5,000. Need-based scholarships are available to professionals working in the nonprofit and public sectors. 


We will be accepting applications in 2024.


Past Participants

Click here to meet our 2022-2023 Lead Bay Area Fellows

Click here to meet our 2021-2022 Lead Bay Area Fellows

Questions & Contact

Claudia Paredes
Senior Director of Training


Angel Lau
Recruitment and Revenue Manager


Know a great candidate for the program? Nominate them here!

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