Leadership Institute Retreat

*APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2017*

Applications are now closed for the next leadership institute development retreat. Thank you for your interest, and stay tuned for more information to be shared on our home page soon! This year's application deadline was August 31st, 2016.

Who Should Apply?

The Leadership Institute seeks emerging leaders with disabilities who meet the following criteria:

  • 5 -10 years of management and/or leadership experience demonstrated in one or a combination of professional, civic or community service contexts.*
  • Self-identifies as a person with a disability (both apparent and non-apparent disabilities, defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities).
  • Is a resident of the Chicago region (this includes six counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry Counties).
  • Is committed to becoming engaged, or expand current engagement, in the civic life of metropolitan Chicago, and is seeking the possibility of voluntary participation on a board, commission, or other leadership position in public, private or non-profit sectors.

With personal leadership characteristics such as:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Strategic thinking
  • Gets results
  • Brings different groups together and has a commitment to collaboration
  • Wants to learn from others
  • Is comfortable engaging with people across cultures and across disabilities
  • Willing to self-disclose and be a visible and vulnerable learner/leader in an intensive group learning setting
  • Has a vision for leveraging participation in the Leadership Institute for longer term leadership in the Chicago region

Eligible candidates will commit to the full time of the leadership development retreat. This includes two sessions of varying lengths that will take place in the first months of 2017. These sessions will run: 3 days (Thursday – Saturday), 2 days (Friday & Saturday) with a break of 4-6 weeks between each session. More details will be posted soon, but a basic commitment to this timeline is essential to eligibility.

Tuition for the program is $1500 per person. Included in tuition: accommodations services, training, meals for the duration of the training including some dinners, any lodging and transportation required and coordinated by our program. Scholarships will be available to accepted Fellows for whom financing tuition presents a barrier to participation.

*Note: Those with recently acquired disabilities who have more management experience and are interested in exploring the intersection of their disability identity with leadership are encouraged to apply.

For questions regarding the information above or assistance with the application in general, please contact Robin Burnett, rburnett@cct.org.

NOMINATION FORM

Online nomination forms can be found here.

If the link above is not accessible, use the Word document download version and email as an attachment to Robin Burnett, rburnett@cct.org, or mail a hard copy of both the application form & resume to:

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership
Attn: Robin Burnett, Program Manager
c/o The Chicago Community Trust
225 North Michigan, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60601

Download Nomination Form here

Optional Download Application Form

NOTE: If for some reason the link above is not accessible, please use the downloadable version of our application form below. You will need to complete this form, and submit along with a CV or Resume. You may send electronically to Robin Burnett, rburnett@cct.org, or mail a hard copy of both the application form & resume to:

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership
Attn: Robin Burnett, Program Manager
c/o The Chicago Community Trust
225 North Michigan, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60601

Complete applications with a resume or CV, and 2 Nominations must be received by August 31st, 2016.

Download Application Form here

Members Network

Following final selection of the 16 Fellows for the next retreat, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership may offer select applicants who are not identified as Fellows, the opportunity to join the Members Network. Members are entitled to attend, as well as help plan, quarterly networking and educational events, and participate in the Civic Connections program. ADA 25 Advancing Leadership staff person will contact those identified to join the Members Network following the selection process.