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2015 American Express NGen Fellows Application Now Open!

Looking to take your career to the next level? Learn and grow with a cohort of peers through the American Express NGen Fellows Program, a year-long leadership development program.

It's Your Turn | Independent Sector is now accepting applications for the 2015 American Express NGen Fellows Program. This prestigious opportunity immerses a select cohort of emerging leaders in a comprehensive, year-long program that develops leadership capacity, strengthens professional networks, and elevates accomplishments to the national level. | Registration closes May 1, 2015.

Hear from our 2014 NGen Fellows on why you should apply

Clayton Lord, VP of Local Arts Advancement at Americans for the Arts, enjoys working side-by-side with leaders from diverse professional backgrounds.

Dwayne Marshall, Director of Programs & Partnerships at the Southeastern Council on Foundations, sees value in the Fellows program's focus on leadership development

Kristen Cambell, formerly of the National Conference on Citizenship, sees the Fellows program as a way to find  and focus in on your professional strengths.

Sunil Oommen, Managing Director of Major Gifts at Amnesty International USA, says that the opportunity to network with other emerging leaders in our Fellows program provides insight on his career goals.

Apply to be an NGen Fellow

Apply now for the 2015 American Express NGen Fellows Program!

Applications are due by May 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applications are open only to employees of Independent Sector member organizations.
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Welcome 2014 Fellows! IS announces 2014 American Express NGen Fellows. Read about our 2014 cohort of exceptional nonprofit leaders

Independent Sector is delighted to announce the selection of the 2014 cohort of American Express NGen Fellows. Over the course of the next year, these accomplished and innovative leaders will collaborate with other talented leaders age 40 and under, interact with established mentors, and contribute to Independent Sector's work on nonprofit impact and leadership.

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Recognizing that the leaders we need tomorrow are making important contributions today, Independent Sector introduced the American Express NGen Fellows Program to elevate, cultivate, and develop leaders age 40 and under at IS member organizations.

The Fellows program is a cornerstone of NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now, a leadership development initiative that builds the capacity of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders age 40 and under to have significant impact on society's toughest challenges.

Who are the Fellows?

American Express NGen Fellows are a diverse cohort of emerging leaders age 40 and under from Independent Sector member organizations who are selected to participate in a twelve month comprehensive program that develops their capacity to lead in turbulent times, strengthens their professional networks, and elevates their accomplishments on a national level.

The Fellows program began in 2009 and has selected twelve fellows each year (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013). During the twelve month program, these accomplished and innovative leaders build personal and professional networks, learn adaptive leadership skills, and impact the sector through work on a collaborative project. Fellows engage with other talented emerging leaders, interact with established sector leaders, and contribute to Independent Sector's work on nonprofit impact and leadership.

Each cohort of Fellows participates in the following program components:

  • Networking and learning at the Independent Sector National Conference and NGen Pre-Conference;
  • In-person workshops in Washington, DC focusing on group-building and adaptive leadership;
  • Conference calls throughout the year that build relationships and explore adaptive leadership; and
  • A collaborative project that highlights issues of concern to next generation leaders and draws on the talents and experiences of the group.

How are Fellows Selected?

American Express NGen Fellows are selected from diverse and talented staff age 40 and under at Independent Sector member organizations. Applications for the 2015 American Express NGen Fellows Program are open  through May 1, 2015. Applicants must be a member of an IS member organization at the time of application, complete three short essay questions and have two references submit a letter of support.

Applicants are evaluated against the selection criteria by a committee comprised of emerging and established leaders of IS member organizations. Those selected will be contacted to confirm their participation in the program, and those not selected will also be notified.

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