The Fellowship for Education & Talent Development annually selects 20 chamber of commerce executives and senior staff to participate in a nine-month professional development program designed to assist them in improving education and talent development outcomes in their communities.
Through interaction with chamber peers, ACCE staff and national experts, participants expand their professional network and build a support system to guide their education and talent development work, now and into the future. The fellowship is a deep dive into the cutting edge theories, approaches and best practices in the talent development space, through a combination of in-person meetings, expert consultations and peer engagement. Throughout the program, fellows develop and execute a plan for specific education and talent development objectives in the form of a regional action project (RAP). For more information about the Fellowship, contact Edgar Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To meet past fellows, use the links below:
-Click here to view the roster and regional action project summaries for cohort 1.
-Click here to view the roster and regional action project summaries for cohort 2.
-Click here to view the roster and regional action project summaries for cohort 3.
-Click here to view the roster and regional action project summaries for cohort 4.
Applications for the sixth cohort of fellows will open May, 2019 and will be posted here.
Q: If accepted to the fellowship, is there a cost to participate?
A: Upon acceptance to the program, fellows’ chambers pay a $1,000 commitment deposit, which is refundable upon completion of the program. All other expenses associated with participation (travel, meals, etc.) are covered by ACCE.
Q: I’m not a CEO, can I still apply?
A: The Fellowship for Education & Talent Development is available to chamber CEOs and senior staff. Anyone who holds a leadership role in the chamber industry and is passionate about improving education and talent development outcomes is encouraged to apply.
Q: What are the expectations for the Regional Action Project (RAP)?
The RAP is designed to capture the work that fellows advance in their own communities during their time as a fellow. Fellows identify a topic for their RAP during their first in-person meeting, then outline the major challenges and opportunities, develop strategies to address these issues (that might include a timeline, costs, organizational and leadership needs, and outcomes) and finally report on what they learned in the final meeting of the fellowship. The RAP is not intended to be a finite product, but a living document which details the fellows’ work to date.
Q: I wasn’t accepted to the Fellowship program this year, what else can I do to get involved?
For starters, apply again next year. In the meantime, email Edgar Castillo at ECastillo@acce.org to be added to the Education & Talent Development Division (ETDD) and discuss other learning and consultation opportunities offered by the ETDD.
Last updated: 5/1/2018