Lead LA Fellowship
Expanding LA professionals’ capacity for impact
The Lead LA Fellowship provides diverse cross-sectoral cohorts of Greater Los Angeles professionals the leadership and management skills, knowledge about the region, and a network of other professionals necessary to expand their capacity for impact within their teams, organizations, and communities.
Lead LA is the perfect Coro professional, part-time leadership development program for professionals looking to expand their professional network, gain time-tested leadership skills to enhance their work, and learn more about the Greater Los Angeles region and how they can make an impact, regardless of their professional role and responsibilities.
About 90 hours of leadership and management development programming from September to May meeting once-to-twice per month for full- or half-day sessions. You can also expect about 10-12 hours spent outside of sessions on Issue Day group work and individual assignments.
Lead LA is broken into five components:
Kickoff – begins the cohort-building process and Issue Day planning and sets the stage for what is to come across the 9-month program.
Opening Leadership Retreat – mandatory, three-day, two-night off-site retreat where the cohort engages in intensive skills foundation laying and relationship building.
Logic Study – a pressure-test of the cohort’s leadership skills to highlight your individual and collective default leadership behaviors, while exploring the unique dynamics of a part of Los Angeles.
Leadership Forums – full-day facilitated professional, management, and leadership development skill-building sessions.
Issue Days – cohort-led explorations of a regional civic challenge to stretch your professional and leadership development in a real-time setting.
Schedule a call with Coro to learn more.
Prompts you to engage in deep professional and leadership reflection.
Empowers you with time-tested professional, leadership, and management skills, tools, and frameworks.
Invites you into a community eager to collaborate with, learn from, and support each other.
The curriculum includes a wide range of professional skills-building:
Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion (DAI)
Effective Inquiry and Critical Thinking
Giving and Receiving Feedback
Interpersonal Leadership Styles™
Managing Diverse Teams
Project Management Tools
Public Narrative Framework
Self-Awareness and Self-Management Tools
Stakeholder Analysis and Coalition Building
The Logic Study and Issue Days program components serve as a vehicle for you to exercise leadership and management skills in a real-time setting, practicing their professional development in an experiential way, while also enhancing your knowledge of the region.
Schedule a call with Coro to learn more.
As a leadership and professional development institute, Coro programs, including Lead LA, aim to expand the leadership and professional capacity of our program participants in order for them to have the networks, skills, and knowledge to drive impact in their work and communities.
|LEAD LA IS NOT
|LEAD LA IS
An echo chamber for your perspectives to be reinforced, nor a classroom for passive learning
A place to experience and appreciate diversity of experiences and viewpoints and engage in productive conflict and discourse
A “quick fix” bootcamp where you will be told the answers and solutions
A place to identify personal professional strengths and areas for growth and practice skills building
A think tank in which Coro or you will be “solving” the region’s various challenges
A space to build a collaborative network of peers eager to work together – both during the program and afterward – to better understand how to address challenges facing the region and expand your toolkit of frameworks to enhance your capacity to do so
The program creates opportunities for you to bring your professional work into the program.
Personal Leadership Commitment – you will name a specific area of growth you plan to practice over the course of the program.
Peer Consultancy & Exploring Tough Interpretations – two adaptive leadership modules that enable you to understand your own resistance to change, (providing a glimpse into opportunities for enhanced impact and effectiveness), and bring into the program real-world professional challenges you are seeking to address.
Leadership Style Assessment – you’ll engage in deep reflection on your professional strengths and opportunities via the Interpersonal Leadership Styles™ assessment.
Sharing Your Impact and Vision – a concluding activity in which you will synthesize the program’s impact and set commitments to continue your capacity-building.
Expanding Your Network – through both the cohort-building journey and the Logic Study and Issue Days program components, you will have an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with other regional professionals and their organizations. Following completion of the program, you will join a Coro community totalling over 15,000 cross-sectoral leaders and professionals.
Coro values diverse perspectives, identities, experiences, and world views represented in programming and cohorts; as such, Lead LA cohorts reflect the make-up of the region, representing a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, and identities.
Ideal Lead LA candidates…
live, work, and/or serve communities in the Greater Los Angeles area,
are committed to deepening your professional leadership capacity,
are currently in or would like to kickstart the transition into leadership or management roles or positions,
are looking to expand your professional and personal network,
view leadership as an ongoing practice versus a title or role,
are interested in learning more about the region, its challenges, and how collaboration can lead to impact and change, and
are able to conduct programming in-person and meet the program attendance requirements.
Schedule a call with Coro to learn more.
Multi-Perspective – be ready to engage productively with different perspectives and ready to engage in personal reflection.
Intentional Ambiguity – 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; 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.
Vulnerability and Psychological Safety – as a necessary component of multi-perspective learning, Coro views vulnerability as a critical leadership attribute essential for unleashing learning, building authentic and meaningful connection, and for holding spaces that are psychologically safe as a precursor to adaptive, innovative collaboration. You should be ready to contribute to building a psychological safe cohort environment.
Schedule a call with Coro to learn more.
Thanks to generous support from the Coro community, Coro is able to offer Lead LA to participants for a significantly reduced program tuition of $5,750 (subsidized and discounted from $9,500). The tuition covers:
About 90 hours of expert facilitated learning, materials, and instruction
Overnight double-occupancy accommodations for the off-site Opening Leadership Retreat (note: limited single-occupancy rooms will be available for an additional room fee of $550)
All meals during the off-site Opening Leadership Retreat
Interpersonal Leadership Styles™ assessment and materials
Lunch during full-day, in-person sessions
Closing Ceremony reception
Periodic Coro continuing learning and networking events
Access to Lead LA GSuite platforms, Trello, and Slack accounts
Upon successful completion, a Lead LA certificate of completion, digital credential, 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, parking, and additional meals outside of those provided by Coro.
Organizational Assistance: Over 75% of past Lead LA participants have been fully or partially financially supported by their organizations as part of the organization’s professional development efforts. Prior to applying, we encourage you to explore potential support from your organization due to the immense benefit this program provides, not just to you as a participant, but also to the organization as a whole. We have prepared this Program Benefits Guide to assist with employer conversations.
Coro Scholarships, Discounts, & Payment Plans: Thanks to the generosity of the Coro community, Coro is able to make available limited partial, need-based scholarships. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, complete the scholarship questions on the application. While Coro strives to provide financial support to all accepted candidates demonstrating need, scholarships are not guaranteed. Coro also makes available a range of tuition discounts. Each participant can only receive one (1) discount, even if eligible for multiple (excluding the single, full-payment discount). Coro will assign the highest value discount, if applicable. Coro also makes available payment plans for tuition payments being paid by a participant.
Coro’s unique approach to leadership and professional development training delivers both immediate and long-lasting capacity-building benefits by expanding your skills, networks, and knowledge.
94% agree that their participation increased their leadership skills.
95% say they are likely to apply the tools and principles gained through their participation.
97% say they are likely to stay connected to those they met through their participation.
99% of past participants agreed that their participation in Lead LA expanded their professional networks.
“My experience in Coro’s Lead LA Fellowship exceeded my expectations in every way. I could not have anticipated the power of professional and personal development paired with experiential and cohort-based learning. With the support of the cohort, I learned to mindfully define problems, examine solutions, understand team dynamics, and practice nuanced inquiry. [Lead LA] is deeply transformative. The analytic skills, self-awareness, and relationships I gained reverberate positively in every aspect of my life.”
Robin Lindsley (Lead LA 5)
Bilingual MTSS and SEL Professional Services Manager
Coro’s programs deliver deep impact (see more in the “Impact & Testimonials” tab above and in the Program Benefits Guide) at a highly subsidized professional development rate. Lead LA enables organizations to invest in their aspiring and established managers to deliver on the organization’s mission.
Supporting team members – either financially and/or with the time and space to participate fully in Lead LA – yields strong organizational benefits by:
Increasing the skills of employees in critical positions that can be incorporated departmentally and instilled in their direct reports.
Demonstrating your commitment to the employee, increasing their feeling of engagement, which often leads to higher productivity, loyalty, and retention; and
Motivating all employees by signaling that leadership and a commitment to their work is rewarded by the organization.
“Serving mainly public agencies, Best Best & Krieger LLP has greatly benefited from the training our lawyers have received from [Lead LA]. The knowledge and background [Lead LA] has given our associates has fast-tracked them to positions of greater leadership and responsibility within the firm and with our clients. The benefits are double-fold: our law firm has become better and stronger, and the cities, water districts and other public entities with whom we work get a level of service infused with greater insight and dedication to the public good.”
Best Best & Krieger LLP
The Lead LA Alumni Honorees not only embrace the Lead LA programming during their participation, but also embody the program’s core elements – reflective leadership, effective team management, analytical systems thinking, and cross-sectoral collaboration – in their post-Lead LA work. The Honoree is awarded annually and announced at the Closing Ceremony. To read an honoree’s bio, click on their headshot.
To read an honoree’s bio, click on their headshot.
2020 Lead LA Alumni Honoree
Elissa K. Konove
Deputy Division Administrator
Federal Highway Administration (California Division)
2021 Lead LA Alumni Honoree
Vice President, Global Philanthropy
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
2022 Lead LA Alumni Honoree
Climate & Sustainability Consultant
Rhie Planning LLC
2023 Lead LA Alumni Honoree
Los Angeles County Supervisor Lindsey Horvath
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
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
California Endowment, The
California Resources Corporation
California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Rudy Salas (AD 32)
California State Senate, Office of Senator Senator Lena Gonzalez (SD 33)
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Northridge
Cenergy Consulting, LLC
Center for Policing Equity
Central City Association of Los Angeles
Citizens of the World Charter Schools
City of Glendale, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
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, Harbor Department
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
City of Long Beach
City of San Fernando
Civic Innovation Lab
County of Los Angeles, Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships
County of Los Angeles, Department of Arts and Culture
County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Office of Diversion and Reentry
County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Social Services
County of Los Angeles, Office of Supervisor Holly Mitchell (LA 2)
County of Los Angeles, Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (LA 3)
Creative Artists Agency
Discovery Cube Los Angeles
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Downtown Women’s Center
ECMC Foundation, The
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality
Ichor Strategies, Los Angeles
Jesse Gabriel for Assembly
J.L. Edmonds Project
John Wayne Cancer Institute & Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Providence Health System
KIPP LA Schools
LA Election Project
LA Promise Fund
LA Coalition for Excellent Public Schools
Lombard Circle, The
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, The
Los Angeles Unified School District, Office of Boardmember Nick Melvoin (LAUSD 4)
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Moulton Niguel Water District
Multicultural Learning Center
My Friend’s Place
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County
Para Los Niños
Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
Pepperdine School of Public Policy
Phoenix LA, The
Southern California Edison
Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)
State of California, Department of Finance
Students 4 Students
Student Movement of Justice and Opportunity
Swipe Out Hunger
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
University of California, Los Angeles Alumni Affairs/Alumni Association
University of California, Los Angeles, Hispanic American Periodicals Index
University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin Center for History and Policy
University of California, Los Angeles Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education
University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
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
Organizations listed do not constitute an endorsement of the Lead LA program or Coro.
Lead LA Sponsors
The application period for the 2024-25 Lead LA cohort will open on March 7. Complete an Interest Form below to get updates.
Early Decision Deadline: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 by 11:59 pm PT. ($575 tuition discount and first preference on scholarships)
Regular Decision Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024 by 11:59 pm PT. (Decision will be communicated on June 14, June 28, and July 3)
- Application Guide
Review the application components here.
- Program Calendar
2024-25 Lead LA Program Calendar (including the program’s attendance policy). Please review program dates and the attendance policy prior to applying.
- Interest Form
Click here to complete an Interest Form to learn more about Lead LA.
Know someone who would be great for Lead LA? Nominate them here.
- Program Benefits
Download this guide to review the benefits of Lead LA participation. This is a great resource for those requesting employer financial support and time off for participation.
- Meet the Cohorts
2023-24 Lead LA Cohort
2022-23 Lead LA Cohort
2021-22 Lead LA Cohort
- Issue Day Examples
These Issue Day Packets represent examples of past Lead LA cohorts leveraging their leadership skills to explore a civic challenge facing the region.
- Education, Workforce Development & Income Inequality
- Energy, Environment & Transportation
- Housing, Homelessness & Urban Design
- Law, Justice & Public Safety
- Public Health & Human Services
- Questions? Contact
Vice President of Growth