An important update regarding ELP’s Core Fellowship programs:
ELP is going through a time of deep transition. With the departure of our Executive Director and numerous staff transitions, it’s become increasingly clear that we do not have the capacity to maintain Core Fellowship Programs as planned this year. Additionally, in recent months, our staff, fellows and facilitators have challenged us to dig deeper in our exploration of leadership. With the many ways that people’s lives have been shifting in the last 2.5 years, our curriculum and staff must be ready to respond to these changes in meaningful ways. It’s very important to us that we give our fellows a high quality experience– which to us means a program that is intentional, relevant, and responsive to the needs of our participants both in terms of content and in community building.
We have also found ourselves working with a sense of urgency and pressure in responding to all these changes, and we hear similar themes of urgency, exhaustion, and burnout from all of you in our community. This is understandable given our times! As always, our team wants to respond to our community with programs that meet what you need. And this means that for now, as we move through this stage of transition, we need to take time to reflect, plan and prepare, and staff up as we build out the next iteration of our programs.
In collaboration with the ELP Board of Directors, we have made the decision to pause our remaining 2022 Fellowship programs (including the Great Lakes Regional Fellowship). We are actively in the process of laying out our plans and timelines for returning to a full slate of programs next year. We will keep you informed along the way!
"ELP is this magical program that doesn’t expect you to be anything other than the best version of yourself - the curriculum, the balance with personal connection, with fun, and with teaching us how to practice peer-coaching." - 2020 Fellow
About the ELP Fellowship:
ELP Fellowships offer intensive leadership and skills training, national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Through immersive retreats, our curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies. With the assistance of professional coaching and peer learning, each Fellow develops a Personal Leadership Plan.
The 2022 Great Lakes Regional program will be offered in a virtual/hybrid format with the first and third retreats to be held in person at the beautiful *Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center in Oregon, OH (as conditions allow) and the second retreat offered virtually via a Zoom platform.
2022 RETREAT DATES
Retreat #1: June 9-12, 2022 at *Maumee Bay in Oregon, OH
Retreat #2: August 4-5 and August 12-13 (Virtual Format)
Retreat #3: October 6-9, 2022 at *Maumee Bay in Oregon, OH
ELP has adopted a COVID-19 policy requiring all staff, facilitators, and participants to be vaccinated unless a medical or religious exception is approved. We will also require you to provide proof of vaccination.
- What do Fellows have to say about ELP?
"I don't think I've smiled and laughed this much on a zoom call since we've been sheltering in place. So excited to meet such an awesome group to build with!"
"ELP was the most meaningful opportunity I have participated in many years. Although it proved significantly more challenging than I'd expected (I had no idea there was so much personal discovery involved in leadership development) it was proportionally more rewarding than I expected as well. ELP has not only provided me valuable professional development but also provided a forum for which to develop a deeper connection to peers in my community/region, something which I've been seeking for a long time."
"...2020 has really been a smack in the face, and I've been scared of a lot of things this year. Things in my personal life, in my professional life, and even in joining this cohort. But coming out of it, I'm not scared. I feel empowered, and self-aware, and confident in the knowledge that I have a network to fall back on whenever I need it."
"As a whole, this leadership training is different from others I’ve done because it embraces diversity in all its different forms (e.g., identity, learning styles, communication styles, life experience). Also, while the facilitators have specific lessons / learnings that they want to showcase, I appreciate that how we get there is shaped both by the facilitators and the fellows, so the process is inclusive. I like that this is one of the many ways the facilitators put theory into practice -- emergent design is a key theme in the training, and the specific activities that are used to get at different lessons can change depending on the composition, energy level, direct feedback, or other factors even within the same day. Incorporating play into work is also a key theme, and I like that many of the learnings are gained through a game or creative task..."
“Through ELP I have found a whole new supportive friend group. These folks are my family now. And we DID that, on Zoom”
"ELP has been a constant in my life during the unpredictable twists and turns of 2020. The Fellowship Program kept me grounded and focused on my long-term goals in the midst of significant personal and professional changes, and it has helped me build relationships with brilliant, passionate people across the region."
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis between March 21 - April 18.
(We recommend that you submit your application early to avoid any delays)
We're glad you're thinking of applying to an ELP Fellowship and we've tried to make it as simple as possible for you. There are three pieces to the online application process:
1. Fill out the short application survey. This should require only 2-3 minutes to complete.
2. Upload your resume. Once you have completed the application survey, you will be emailed a personalized link where you can upload your resume. Please attach your resume as a PDF or Word doc.
3. Short essay answers. Along with your resume, you will be prompted to attach a short response to the following questions:
- "What is the most significant leadership challenge that you are personally facing, either current or something that you see on the horizon?" (500 words maximum)
- "How is your work involved in efforts to protect the Great Lakes and their connected waterways or help communities improve access to Great Lake amenities?" (250 maximum)
All applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Work or reside in the 8 Great Lakes states (IL, IN, OH, MI, MN, NY, PA, WI) and engage in efforts to protect the Great Lakes and their connected waterways or help communities improve access to Great Lakes amenities;
- Have at least three years of work experience or are enrolled in graduate-level academic studies related to environmental or social change issues, broadly defined; and
- The ability to participate in all 3 retreats, complete all assignments in a timely manner, and the desire to remain an active member of the ELP Senior Fellows Network after the conclusion of the Fellowship.
- EVALUATION CRITERIA
- The nature of their work or area of expertise, including the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume and the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative questions in the application and in the interview;
- Eagerness to connect with and learn from others; willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits;
- Commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and justice within the environmental and social change fields; commitment to working with diverse constituencies;
- Awareness of the interdependence of environmental and social problems; ability to convey a coherent vision for environmental progress and interest in how their work fits in with the big picture; and their
- Ability to clearly articulate how participating in this leadership program will further their personal and professional development.
- INTERVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS
Applications are reviewed by a selection team of ELP Senior Fellows (alumni of ELP fellowships) and staff.
- Interviews: a subset of applicants are interviewed in the 10 days following the application deadline. Interviews are conducted over the phone and are approximately 25 minutes long. Interviews are also an opportunity for applicants to ask any questions about the program and the Senior Fellow community.
- Selection process: Our selection teams review the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume. We also focus on the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative question in the application and the phone interview. We aim to select the best cohort for each program - which means giving attention to the diversity and balance of the class - in terms of work (sector, issue), identities (gender, ethnicity, etc.) and personalities.
- Notification: Following the selection of the class (usually 2 weeks following the application deadline), applicants are notified of their status via a phone call and/or email. An applicant is either invited into the program (in which case they are expected to confirm within 48 hours), wait-listed, or invited to apply for another program.
The 2022 Great Lakes Regional Fellowship participation fee is $2,000*. Needs based scholarships are available and can be applied for in your application.
In addition to our general scholarship pool, we are also offering special funds to support the participation of earlier career professionals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach to Juan Lazo, [email protected]
Fellows may also choose to pay their tuition in full at the time of being selected or through a payment schedule. To learn more about creative payment options click HERE.
- Participation in 12 days of training, community building, and peer coaching;
- Training materials (digital and hard copy);
- A 360 degree leadership assessment; and
- Membership in ELP's network of over 1400 Senior Fellows - a lifelong learning community of professional and personal development, collaboration, and impact.
On the fence about applying? Check out 7 Reasons to Apply for an ELP Fellowship.
For more information about the Great Lakes Fellowship contact Juan Lazo, [email protected]