The Rockwood Fellowships

Transformational Leadership Training for Sectors and Regions

Rockwood Fellowships convene leaders within a given issue area, or geographic region in order to catalyze more powerful and engaged learning communities and partnerships. Designed as a longer term, multi-retreat experience, each Fellowship program identifies 18-24 influential leaders to engage in intensive training and receive tools in transformational leadership.Through the Fellowship's design, leaders build relationships of trust and foster collaboration enabling stronger impact on the sector, or movement level.

Rockwood Fellowships are created in association with foundations and network organizations wishing to support leadership development and partnership building within a given field or geographic region.

Foundations interested in working with Rockwood to design sector-specific leadership cohorts should contact Stacy Kono, Director of Programs.

"Rockwood has helped me more comprehensively understand the California immigrant rights movement and forge stronger relationships with partners. It has give us the opportunity to create a set of shared values and collectively practice them." ~ 2013/14 Fellowship for a New California leader.

Through our sector-based Fellowship model, Rockwood has convened leaders engaged in:

"This Fellowship was the best gift I have ever given myself. I feel renewed and filled with purpose. I feel loved and held up and challenged. I will never forget my experience with everyone in my cohort." ~ 2013/14 LGBTQ Fellow

"I leave the Fellowship with vital connections to dynamic and innovative LGBTQ movement leaders, a deeper understanding regarding how institutionalized racial and other discrimination inhibits our progress, and a renewed commitment to authentic leadership in the LGBTQ movement." ~ 2013/14 LGBTQ Fellow

Program Elements

Fellowship architecture is customized in partnership with leaders in the field and funders.

The elements of a Rockwood Fellowship include:

  • Fellows participating in a five-day Art of Leadership or Art of Collaborative Leadership training led by nationally recognized facilitators.

  • Personalized 360-degree self and peer leadership surveys designed to identify strengths and areas for improvement across a range of skill sets.

  • Hands-on training in assessment and evaluation tools for leadership development and collaboration, including a take-home workbook.

  • Professional coaching for ongoing leadership support.

  • Virtual learning through "take-home" practices (e.g. readings, conference calls) to anchor and reinforce learning throughout the year.

  • One or more training retreats for the cohort where Fellows learn advanced leadership and collaboration skills, and have an opportunity to build alliances and initiatives within their issue area.

 "In the first training, I was able to connect with others outside of my discipline, and learn new strategies for advocacy. In the second training, I was thrilled to see how others were using their visual/artistic acuity to make positive social change. This was particularly inspiring because the power of the arts to affect change is not readily recognized, or given credibility." ~ 2012/13 Arts and Culture Fellow.


Individual Fellows receive expert training to:

  • Create, communicate and sustain a powerful vision

  • Enhance listening and speaking skills

  • Understand how to identify and manage power dynamics

  • Mediate organizational and sector conflict productively

  • Manage others for higher-level performance

  • Establish personal habits that support career-long health and sustainability

  • Develop healthier coalitions and organizational cultures that value and celebrate difference

The Fellowship learning community experiences:

  • Increased leadership among participants

  • Bolstered collaboration and partnership in their sector or region

  • Applicable tools and skills for their organization's and network's effectiveness.


Stacy Kono
Director of Programs and Innovation
(510) 251-2500 x113

For more detail about a specific Fellowship, please click on the links in the right sidebar.