INW x Lead for America
Training the Next Generation of IDEAS Leaders
INW Co-Founders Dan Egol (Executive Director) and Minjon Tholen (Board Chair) facilitated two interactive workshops on IDEAS for Lead For America’s inaugural class of Hometown Fellows
Equity in Action is a core value of Lead For America. Understanding that serving communities holistically requires intentionality around IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Social Justice, Lead For America requested INW’s training support in preparing its first cohort to lead with these values at their core.
Approach and Solution
Over the course of two half-day sessions, INW facilitated interactives workshops wherein Lead For America’s hometown fellows:
Collectively defined each value in the IDEAS framework
Applied their understanding of these concepts by connecting their definitions to various facets of the fellowship program as well as to Lead For America’s Convergent Leadership Model
Explored unconscious bias and the ways it could manifest during their fellowship experiences, particularly with respect to community-based research, communicating with various stakeholders, facilitating town meetings, and program development
Derived empowerment from centering their lived experiences and collaborating during these workshops as a community of young-changemakers aligned in their commitment to IDEAS-centered change in their home communities.