Program

Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership

Program Details Support This Program

Application Deadline: Closed

NURTURE AND BUILD ON THE POWER AND STRENGTH OF WOMEN OF COLOR

Since 2013, Cultivate has and continues to build a cadre of emerging women of color leaders engaged in social, economic, and racial justice movements and whose collective voice and power can be leveraged to a shared vision of the Chicago region’s future. By bringing together women who lead intersecting but separate justice efforts–gender and racial equity, labor rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and immigrant rights, among others–Cultivate aims to transform these movements from the inside, fortify relationships among participants, and foster collaborations across organizations to advance a shared vision towards equity and justice for all. The Cultivate program is a one-year program supporting the personal and professional development needs of each participant.

The foundation partners hope that this work will build the institutions in which these women work by cultivating an intentional gender and racial equity lens and lead to the development of other women leaders within their organizations, especially at the community level.

1-Year Long Program

Cohort-Based Sessions

Leadership Building and Development

Personal Executive Coaching

Program Details

WHAT IS CULTIVATE WOMEN OF COLOR LEADERSHIP?

Cultivate is a joint effort of the Crossroads Fund, Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), Woods Fund Chicago, Walder Foundation, and the Chicago Community Trust. This program is limited to grantees of those foundations.

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM GOAL?

The foundation partners hope that this work will build the institutions in which these women work by cultivating an intentional gender and racial equity lens and lead to the development of other women leaders within their organizations, especially at the community level.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

By bringing together women who lead intersecting but separate justice efforts–gender and racial equity, labor rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and immigrant rights, among others–Cultivate aims to transform these movements from the inside, fortify relationships among participants, and foster collaborations across organizations to advance a shared vision towards equity and justice for all.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Sessions focus on topics of:

  • Leadership Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Movement Building

WHAT IS THE COMMITTMENT?

The Cultivate program is a one-year program supporting the personal and professional development needs of each participant. The program participants selected to Cultivate:

  • Receive up to 10 hours with a personal Executive Coach
  • Attend 7 bimonthly sessions co-created by participants

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Woman and woman identifying, of color
  • Emerging leadership positions in a nonprofit organization in greater Chicago.
  • Examples of these positions include: new executive directors, program directors, organizing directors, policy directors, lead organizers, etc.
  • Funded within the last 3 years by a Cultivate participating foundation:
  • 2-6 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector and/or in community organizing and advocacy
  • Can commit to Cultivate’s Program calendar //Links to a PDF //
  • All sessions will be held virtually until it’s safe to meet in person.
  • Can commit to participating in individual coaching with an Executive Coach for a minimum of 10 hours.

HOW TO APPLY

Application Deadline: May 25, 2021

If you are interested in becoming part of the next cohort, please click on the link below. Applications are submitted and processed through the Cultivate website.

Apply Here

For More Information
Please contact Lizette Garza, Program Manager, at lizette@crossroadsfund.org

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