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Rockwood and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are pleased to announce the continuation of our partnership to host a Fellowship for SEIU Leaders. The Fellowship, a six-month program for 22 SEIU leaders, is one element of a systematic and comprehensive leadership development program throughout the Union. This 2012-13 initiative with Rockwood follows a pilot conducted last year.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry shares, “As an alumna of the Rockwood National Leading from the Inside Out Yearlong Fellowship, I know firsthand the transformational power of a Rockwood Leadership program. The 23 SEIU leaders that completed the first SEIU Fellowship can also testify to the power of this experience and have recommended a continuation of this program.”

Rockwood and SEIU are proud to be continuing this partnership, and extend a warm welcome to the 2012 class.


The stated purpose of the SEIU Fellowship is: to create a diverse group of 22 committed, courageous, influential officers, and senior staff who fully embrace the union’s strategic direction and are prepared to be visible and vocal leaders both as a group and as individual leaders within specific spheres of influence.

Program design includes:

  • 1 four-day and 2 three-day intensive leadership retreats
  • Daily practices to support and reinforce learning throughout the program
  • Extensive workbooks for each retreat, filled with tools and processes to use within their own organizations
  • Personalized assignments and practices to bridge learning between sessions
  • Ongoing support in applying the concepts and tools of the training through expert and peer learning
  • Professional coaching resources

The Trainers

Our programs are led by nationally and internationally-recognized thinkers, educators, and activists who are experienced in sharing the most in depth, leading insights on leadership development, collaboration and capacity building.

The SEIU Fellowship will be led by:

Helen S. Kim

Helen is an organizational development consultant, trainer and facilitator and works with social change organizations in the U.S. and internationally. Her clients include National Domestic Workers Alliance, Partnership for Working Families and Funders Network on Trade and Globalization. She is co-author of Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership, a member of the Building Movement Project, and served on the international planning committee for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). From 1991 to 2000, Helen worked at Asian Immigrant Women Advocates, organizing immigrant women workers in the garment and electronics industries and helped to lead the groundbreaking Garment Workers Justice Campaign.

Leslie Sholl Jaffe

Leslie has over 25 years experience as a consultant, leadership coach, and trainer across a broad spectrum of businesses and nonprofit organizations. Leslie is a masterful program developer —designing Leadership Development Process for a variety of public and private sector groups in addition to her program development for Rockwood. She designs and delivers specialized curriculum for the Selah Leadership Program, a Rockwood collaboration with Jewish Funds for Justice and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Some of Leslie’s current and past clients include Human Rights Campaign, The City of Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment, CodeGreen—a public private sector collaboration for Sustainability Leaders, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Ford Foundation, and Immigration Equality.