Fellowship for California Leaders of Color

Rockwood’s FELLOWSHIP FOR CALIFORNIA LEADERS OF COLOR is a multi-session leadership program for nonprofit leaders of color committed to:  

  1. Creating and sustaining compelling visions for their organizations
  2. Inspiring and aligning others to work effectively towards common goals

  3. Dealing more effectively with leadership and organizational challenges
  4. Engaging with a powerful learning community of leaders of color throughout the state.

Over the course of nine months, the Fellowship is designed to teach powerful visioning, listening, speaking, presentation, coaching, team-building and feedback skills to emerging and established leaders of color working in California’s social change organizations.


Each Fellow participates in two different residential retreats, peer coaching circles and four leadership practice assignments.

Art of Leadership
The first residential retreat Fellows attend is the Art of Leadership, one of Rockwood's signature programs.

Fellows participate in the Art of Leadership trainings, over a three month period of time, in small groups of 6 leaders at a time. The Art of Leadership convenes up to 24 participants total, so it provides Fellows an opportunity to build with a multiracial community of nonprofit leaders, including white leaders, who have enrolled separate from the Fellowship.

October 24-27, 2011
November 14-18, 2011 for women leaders
December 12-15, 2011

Peer Coaching Circles
Following the Art of Leadership, Fellows form peer coaching circles to provide support to each other in managing leadership challenges back in their organizations and reinforce some of the tools from the training. Each Fellow is invited to participate in 4 hours of peer coaching.

Leadership Practices
Rockwood Leadership Practices are designed based on the expressed needs of the Fellows to strengthen the individual and organizational effectiveness work. Each Fellow is invited to participate in four leadership practice conference calls over the course of the program.

Leadership in Action: Advanced Art of Leadership: April 2-6, 2012
Fellows attend the Leadership in Action: Advanced Art of Leadership as a full cohort of 18 leaders.

The Trainers
Our programs are led by nationally and internationally-recognized thinkers, educators, and activists who are experienced in sharing the most in depth, leading insights on leadership development , collaboration and capacity building.


Rockwood’s optimal criteria for enrollment in the Fellowship include a cohort of leaders who:

  1. Are positioned in the state of California to help demonstrate new and better ways to lead and work together
  2. Demonstrate personal/professional readiness to learn new leadership skills - including coaching, feedback, communication, and personal sustainability.

  3. Manage and lead small to mid sized organizations (under $2 million budget)
  4. Interest in and ability to partner with organizations outside their region in California
  5. Are based in the following areas:
    • Alameda County
    • Contra Costa County
    • Fresno County
    • Kern County
    • Kings County
    • Madera County
    • Marin County
    • Merced County
    • Monterey County
    • Napa County
    • San Benito County
    • San Francisco County
    • San Joaquin County
    • San Mateo County
    • Santa Clara County
    • Santa Cruz County
    • Solano County
    • Sonoma County
    • Stanislaus County
    • Tulare County


With the support of the Community Leadership Project, Rockwood will cover the majority of fees and room and board costs. We ask that each participant contribute $500 for their participation in the program.


The application process is currently closed. Please sign up for the Rockwood newsletter (sign-up form located at top right of this page) or check back for updates.


Rockwood is excited to announce the selection of the 2011-2012 Fellowship Class. Please see the list here.


For more information on the Fellowship for California Leaders of Color, contact:

[T] 510-524-4000
[E] vanessa@rockwoodleadership.org

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