The Coro Lead Programs – Lead LA and Lead SoCal – provide diverse cross-sectoral cohorts of regional professionals the leadership and management skills, create spaces to practice professional growth, and develop meaningful networks to expand their capacity for impact within their teams, organizations, and communities. This is your opportunity to activate your leadership journey!
Participants learn from 1) peer coaching, 2) experienced leadership, mindfulness, and DEI facilitators, and 3) the broader Coro, Lead Programs, and regional community through Coro’s unique blend of experiential programming to stretch professional and management skill sets through doing.
“[Coro] has challenged some of my core assumptions, introduced me to sophisticated – yet practical – applied leadership techniques, and perhaps most importantly, has provided an opportunity for me to deeply connect with a diverse group of Los Angeles leaders in a meaningful and lasting way. I’ve found the program to be extremely useful in both my professional and personal life.”
– Ruben Aronin (Lead LA 1), Senior Vice President, Better World Group; Director, California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy
About 80 hours of professional development programming from September to May meeting about once-to-twice per month. You can also expect about 10-15 hours spent outside of sessions on minimal Issue Day team group work and individual assignments.
The Programs are broken into five components:
- Orientations – Kickstart the cohort-building process and begin the Issue Day planning.
- Logic Study – Pressure-test of the cohort’s leadership skills to highlight your baseline management and professional defaults.
- Leadership Retreats – Facilitated professional, management, and leadership development skill-building sessions.
- Issue Days – Cohort curated and led explorations of a regional challenge to stretch your professional and leadership development in a real-time setting. The cohort selects both the topics (from a selection of 6 broad themes) and the teams.
- Peer Consultancy – An adaptive leadership peer coaching module to better diagnose a professional challenge and determine possible steps to test solutions.
Explore the 2022-2023 Lead LA program calendar for the dates and times of program components and the program attendance policies.
Coro’s Lead Programs prompts you to engage in deep professional and leadership reflection, empowers you with time-tested professional, leadership, and management skills, tools, and frameworks, and invites you into a community eager to collaborate with, learn from, and support each other.
“I find myself incorporating elements of Lead LA into my personal and professional life on a daily basis. This allows me to approach my work, community, and colleagues with a robust repertoire of tools and experiences to draw from. I couldn’t be happier with Lead LA and trust that this will be something that continues to give back over many years to come.”
~ Alia Kate (Lead LA 1), Founder/Owner/Designer, Kantara
The curriculum includes a wide range of professional skills-building:
- Adaptive Leadership
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB) and Anti-Racism
- Effective Communication
- Effective Inquiry and Critical Thinking
- Giving and Receiving Feedback
- Interpersonal Leadership Styles™
- Managing Diverse Teams
- Mindfulness and Gratitude Practices
- Project Management Tools
- Public Narrative Frameworks
- Self-Awareness and Self-Management Tools
- Stakeholder Analysis and Coalition Building
The Logic Study and Issue Days serve as a vehicle for you to exercise leadership and management skills-building in a real-time setting, enhancing your knowledge of the region, while also practicing your professional development in an experiential way.
The programs create opportunities for you to bring your professional work into the program.
- Personal Leadership Commitments – you will name a specific area of growth you plan to practice over the course of the program.
- Peer Consultancy – the peer consultancy case enables you to bring into the program a real-world professional challenge you are seeking to address and to seek peer coaching from your cohort.
- Exploring Tough Interpretations – an adaptive leadership module that builds on Coro’s effective inquiry, giving and receiving feedback, and effective communication tools to illuminate your resistance to change.
- What? So, What? Now, What? Stand – a concluding activity when you will synthesize the program’s impact and set commitments to continue your capacity building beyond the conclusion of the program.
Coro values diverse perspectives, identities, experiences, and world views represented in programming and cohorts; as such, the Coro Lead Program cohorts reflect the make-up of the region, representing a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, and identities.
Of past participants, 95% agree that their participation in the program expanded their professional network.
Both Lead LA and Lead SoCal are for those who:
- are committed to deepening their professional leadership capacity,
- are currently in or would like to kickstart the transition into leadership roles or positions, and
- are looking to expand their professional community.
Lead LA is best for those who:
- live and/or work in Greater Los Angeles; and
- are able to conduct most programming in-person
Lead SoCal is best for those who:
- live and/or work in Southern California (defined as San Luis Obispo, Kern, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, & Imperial counties); and
- are able to conduct the program mostly virtually (note: the Opening & Closing Leadership Retreats will be in-person).
*Coro will only be forming a Lead LA cohort for the 2022-2023 program year. We encourage those from outside Greater Los Angeles to consider Lead LA as an option for your professional, management, and leadership development. If Lead SoCal is better suited for your needs, please complete an Interest Form so we can keep you updated on recruitment for our next Lead SoCal cohort.
Multi-Perspective: You should be ready to engage productively with different perspectives and ready to engage in personal reflection.
Intentional Ambiguity: A signature characteristic of Coro programming is generating intentional ambiguity, which works to highlight your defaults, ignite your learning, and support you to lead and manage through uncertainty.
Learn by Doing: Coro views leadership as a practice; you should be ready to learn by doing with sessions as opportunities to lay the foundation; you will gain the most by taking the skills, tools, and frameworks and practicing/adapting them in your professional roles.
The Coro Lead Programs provide exceptional value to both individuals and organizations at approximately $60 per facilitated hour of leadership development training.
For the 2022-2023 programs, Lead LA tuition is $4,950. The tuition covers:
- 80 hours of expert facilitated learning, materials, and instruction
- Interpersonal Leadership Styles™ assessment and materials
- Overnight double-occupancy accommodations for the Opening Leadership Retreat (note: you can reserve a single-occupancy room for the Opening Leadership Retreat for an additional room fee of $450)
- 7 meals during the Opening Leadership Retreat
- Lunch during full-day, in-person sessions
- Closing Ceremony reception
- Issue Day Planning Stipends
- Periodic Coro and Lead Program continuing learning and networking events
- Access to Coro Lead Programs GSuite platforms, Trello, and Slack accounts
- Upon successful completion, a Coro Lead Programs certificate of completion and access to the Coro community and special alumni-only events, programming, and platforms
You may incur additional incidental expenses due to your participation, such as transportation and parking costs and additional meals outside of those provided by Coro.
Do not let financial concerns prevent you from applying. We have identified various methods to assist with the financial cost of participation.
Employer and Sponsor Assistance: 40% of 2021-2022 Lead Programs participants secured full or partial financial assistance from their employers as part of the organization’s professional development efforts. We encourage you to speak with your employer or to engage your network about potential support. We have provided a Program Benefits for Organizations FAQs to assist with employer and/or sponsor conversations.
Coro Scholarships: Coro makes available partial, need-based scholarships. If you are interested in being considered for partial, need-based scholarships, complete the scholarship questions on the application. While Coro strives to provide financial support to all accepted candidates demonstrating need, scholarships are not guaranteed.
Payment Plans: Coro has available a variety of payment plan options to spread the tuition across the program length. Plans will be communicated to accepted candidates at the time of decision.
The Lead LA and Lead SoCal Alumni Honorees not only embrace the Coro Lead Programs programming during their participation, but also embody their core elements – reflective leadership, effective team management, analytical systems thinking, and cross-sectoral collaboration – in their post-Lead LA or Lead SoCal work. The Honoree is awarded annually and announced at the Closing Ceremony.
2020 Lead LA Alumni Honoree
Elissa K. Konove
California State Transportation Agency
2021 Lead LA Alumni Honoree
Vice President, Global Philanthropy
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
2022 Lead LA Alumni Honoree
An Issue Day is a cohort-led exploration that the Lead Programs use to expand experiential learning. Its purpose is twofold: one, to engage participants’ effective inquiry, critical thinking, and leadership skills to practice team management, self-awareness, and empowered professionalism in real-time with a small group of peers, and two, to use the Greater Los Angeles and Southern California regions to expand participants’ knowledge of a public policy challenge requiring action and impact.
The Issue Day is the ultimate Lead Programs exercise, bringing in all of the tools and frameworks explored during the program to ignite a cohort-led exploration to expand their collective knowledge about the region’s policy landscape. The Issue Day process starts during the Program Orientation and runs through the duration of the Lead Programs. The cohort participants determine which issues will be explored and how to design and curate explorations and experiences for the entire cohort.
To view previous Issue Day explorations, visit the links below.
- ACLU of Southern California
- Actors’ Gang Prison Project, The
- Advocates for Human Potential
- Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
- American Jewish Committee
- Animo Pat Brown Charter High School
- Annenberg Foundation
- Arizona State University
- ArtCenter College of Design
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
- Best Best & Krieger LLP
- Better World Group
- Bridges Intergroup Relations Consulting
- Broad Center, The
- BuroHappold Engineering
- California Resources Corporation
- California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Rudy Salas (AD 32)
- California State University, Bakersfield
- California State University, Northridge
- Cause Communications
- Center for Policing Equity
- Citizens of the World Charter Schools
- City of Los Angeles, Board of Public Works
- City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs
- City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation
- City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works
- City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (CD 3)
- City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Joe Buscaino (CD 15)
- City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin (CD 11)
- City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)
- City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian (CD 2)
- City of Los Angeles, Office of District 14
- City of Los Angeles, Office of the Mayor
- City of Los Angeles, Personnel Department
- Civic Innovation Lab
- College Track
- Community Coalition
- Community Partners
- County of Los Angeles, Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships
- County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Office of Diversion and Reentry
- Discovery Cube Los Angeles
- Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
- ECMC Foundation, The
- Empowerment Congress
- Fiducia CP
- Ford Mobility
- Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
- Gather Consulting
- Hispanas Organized for Political Equality
- J.L. Edmonds Project
- John Wayne Cancer Institute & Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Providence Health System
- KIPP LA Schools
- LA Election Project
- LA Forward
- LA Metro
- LA’s Best
- Lombard Circle, The
- Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
- Los Angeles Homelesses Services Authority
- Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
- Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, The
- Manifest Works
- Mariposa Development
- Mirman School
- Morgan Stanley
- Moulton Niguel Water District
- Move LA
- Multicultural Learning Center
- My Friend’s Place
- National University
- One Table
- Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
- Pepperdine School of Public Policy
- Phoenix LA, The
- Remember Us
- River LA
- Snap, Inc.
- Southern California Edison
- Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)
- State of California, Department of Finance
- Swipe Out Hunger
- Taft College
- Taproot Foundation
- The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
- Tzunu Strategies
- United Airlines
- University of California, Los Angeles, Hispanic American Periodicals Index
- University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin Center for History and Policy
- University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education
- University of Southern California, Shoah Foundation
- U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
- U.S. Department of Justice
- Walt Disney Company, The
- West LA Community Coalition
- Whittle and Associates
- World Health Organization
Thank you to our Supporters
Thank you to the Coro Lead Programs Advisory Committee
Vice President, Stratiscope
Project Director, Play Equity Fund, LA84 Foundation
Partner & Chair of the Media & Entertainment Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Principal, Crosby Consulting
Founder & CEO, Foggy-Paxton Consulting, LLC
Senior Special Assistant & Director of External Affairs, Office of the California State Controller
*Coro Lead Programs alumni
Social Entrepreneur & Facilitator of Change; former EVP & Chief Operating Officer at the California Community Foundation
Managing Director, Smidt Foundation
Commissioner, County of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission and Chair, City of Santa Monica Planning Commission
Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Director of Marketing, Vitamin T
National Superintendent, Lifelong Learning
**Coro Southern California Board of Directors member
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