Applications are now open for the Opportunity Fellows Program. This program, announced during the OFN Conference in Atlanta, will train a diverse cohort of CDFIs leaders to create transformational change and address inequities in access to capital in underserved communities.
The program will be offered for one cohort of Fellows in 2017, and for another cohort in 2018. The first cohort of 24-27 Fellows—comprised of executive leaders, mid-career leaders, and emerging leaders—will develop the skills and perspective to:
- Create transformational change and innovation toward the vision of opportunity for all
- Develop skills to facilitate greater equity and inclusion for racially and ethnically diverse communities
- Lead innovation and change in their organizations, their communities, and the CDFI industry
The program will be conducted in BBVA Compass' headquarters city of Birmingham, AL, with two three-day sessions in March and September. During the sessions, participants will engage in interactive activities and experiences, and will learn from other leaders in microfinance. Fellows will spend time with Birmingham community leaders in racial equity to understand the patterns and causes behind the growing inequity in racial and ethnic minorities.
Submit your application and resume by December 23. Each applicant must also submit a letter of support from your CDFI by the December 23 deadline. Decisions will be announced in early February.