All application materials, including recommendations, must be submitted online by 11:59 PM PDT Friday, July 16, 2021.

The Successful Applicant

The program assembles a unique and diverse cohort of high-potential leaders. Scholars most successful in the program share certain characteristics:

  • Civically minded: Acts to improve society.
  • Open to feedback: Seeks, mindfully accepts, and actively responds to assessments of their behavior and performance.
  • Accepting of diverse points of view: Welcomes opportunities to interact with and learn from others with different backgrounds or perspectives.
  • Meaningful professional experience: Has breadth and depth of professional experience — typically 10+ years — and will build on the PLS experience for years to come.
  • Demonstrated leadership: Presents an established record of engagement and leadership. (PLS is not an introductory course in leadership.)
  • Influence: Is in a position to implement the change they desire.
  • Committed to the program: Can fully participate in a rigorous and intense six-month program.

Approach to Leadership

The PLS program challenges Scholars to develop their leadership skills in an environment in which individuals’ experiences are seen as strengths and are respected, supported, and valued. Within this welcoming and inclusive climate, Scholars are expected to do the following both in and out of the program:

  • Engage in deep reflection about their personal leadership development, including acknowledging habits of exclusion and creating new habits of inclusion.
  • Commit to meaningful interactions with others whose life experiences and perspectives are different than their own, even if those interactions are uncomfortable.
  • Include diverse perspectives in the framing of challenges and consideration of responses.
  • Work to ensure the full participation of others in influencing change.
  • Seek understanding with others, especially when they disagree.

Application Process

Throughout this application, you will be required to provide personal background information (academic, professional, etc.), responses to essay questions, recommendations, and a summary of your Personal Leadership Project.

Following a thorough review of each application, we will invite a group of applicants to interview for final selection into the program. Finalists will be notified by mid-September if they have been invited to participate in the interview process. Interviews will be conducted via videoconference in late October, and final acceptance decisions will be made before the end of December 2021.

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP PROJECTS

You are required to apply with a Personal Leadership Project (PLP) that you will work on throughout the program. This project may represent the next step in an initiative on which you are already working, or the first step in a new project. The project should provide you with the opportunity to apply the skills and competencies learned throughout the program. We expect Scholars to have adequately thought through many of the important elements required to achieve a significant outcome by the end of the program:

  • Focus on a socially relevant initiative.
  • Have an achievable six-month goal, even if the project itself will be achieved over a longer timeframe than six months.
  • Leverage the Scholar’s existing knowledge and experience.
  • Benefit from participation in the program.

All application materials, including recommendations, must be submitted online by 11:59 PM PDT Friday, July 16, 2021.

2022 Program Schedule

Module One:      January 18 – January 22, 2022
Module Two:      February 17 – February 19, 2022
Module Three:   March 10 – March 12, 2022
Module Four:     April 7 – April 9, 2022
Module Five:      May 12 – May 14, 2022
Module Six:       June 8 – June 11, 2022

The PLS program team will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and will follow CDC guidelines as the safety of all participants is our top priority. We will keep applicants informed if we decide to alter the program in any way. We plan to host all modules in-person, but applicants will be kept informed of any changes to the program via email and the program website.

More questions? View Application FAQs.

All application materials, including recommendations, must be submitted online by 11:59 PM PDT Friday, July 16, 2021.

Leaders are not born, they are made.

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2022 Applications Now Open

All application materials, including recommendations, must be submitted online by 11:59 PM PDT Friday, July 16, 2021.

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