GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group Inc.), the world’s leading platform for professional learning, today launched the second year of its Social Impact Fellowship with a call for applications. (The application is available here.) The GLG Social Impact Fellowship gives curious and ambitious nonprofit and social enterprise leaders access to peer-to-peer learning from GLG’s membership of 400,000 experts and thought leaders. GLG again made the announcement from the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, an annual gathering of business, political, and philanthropic leaders to discuss economic and social challenges, which GLG cosponsors.
“Our mission is to transform the way the world’s top professionals share expertise, learn, and make decisions. We launched the Social Impact Fellowship to make this kind of learning available to the best and brightest innovators in the social sector and we’re a year smarter about how to do it,” said GLG CEO Alexander Saint-Amand from Los Angeles. “I look forward to growing our learning community with the second class of Fellows.”
Fellows are creative problem-solvers who have already demonstrated that they are among the most promising and gifted social sector leaders; they are ready to move beyond the advice and mentorship typically provided by board members and donors. Fellows join GLG’s community of leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations and consulting firms, who learn every day from academics, current and former C-suite executives, scientists, policy specialists, former public sector leaders and other professionals. Fellows and their teams work collaboratively with GLG to leverage the breadth and depth of GLG’s membership to inform strategic decisions and increase impact.
“We are looking for Fellows who exemplify curiosity, passion, and perseverance, and who have a clear vision for their organizations,” said GLG Director of Social Impact Jennifer Field. “Our Fellows are eager to learn and to grow professionally and personally – and they set that example for their teams.”
The inaugural 2014 Fellows (listed here) were chosen from a diverse group of leading early-stage and emerging nonprofits and social enterprises. The competitive selection process was based on organizations’ missions and models and on applicants’ articulation of how GLG’s resources would help them increase efficacy and scale at key moments in their organizational growth. The 2014 Fellows and their organizations tackle a range of social challenges around the world – from community health and entrepreneurship to extreme poverty in Africa and disaster response in the U.S. (Watch a video of the 2014 Fellows here.)
Applicants must be the Founder, Executive Director, President, or CEO of a nonprofit or social enterprise with an innovative model creating demonstrable social change. Organizations must have a multi-year plan in place, be 2-10 years old, and have an annual operating budget over $1 million. Applicants must be eager to learn from the world’s leading professionals, from GLG, and from each other.
The application is available online at glgsocialimpact.com/application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with acceptances for the 2015 class announced this summer.
About GLG / Gerson Lehrman Group
Headquartered in New York City, GLG is the world’s leading platform for professional learning. Business leaders, investors, consultants, social entrepreneurs, and other top professionals rely on GLG to learn in short- and long-term engagements from a membership of more than 400,000 experts. Clients partner with GLG to address their most complex strategic challenges, make better business decisions, and advance their careers through conversations, mentorships, small group convenings, surveys, and other interactions—all within a rigorous compliance framework. Global, technology-driven, and nimble, GLG’s approximately 1,000 employees work in 22 offices in 12 countries. For more information visit www.GLG.it.
About GLG Social Impact
GLG Social Impact connects social sector organizations with experts across industries and geographies for perspectives and expertise to accelerate the impact of their work, including through the GLG Social Impact Fellowship. GLG Social Impact partners with leading social sector organizations around the world, including the Clinton Development Initiative, Endeavor, the Bridgespan Group, and the Julliard School, among others. To find out more, visit www.GLGSocialImpact.com.