Emerging Leader Fellowship

Emerging Leader Fellowship

The IDA Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program that brings together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the place management profession. The fellows will learn essential leadership and place management skills and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.

Who is eligible to attend?

This program is for mid-career place management professionals who are currently employed by a place management organization as a CEO new to the industry; a senior staff member in a large organization; or an executive director of a small to mid-sized organization looking to advance their skills. If you aspire to lead an organization one day, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. This program is not for consultants or vendors who provide services to place management organizations.

How are applicants accepted?

IDA is looking to create a diverse cohort of fellows with a variety of professional backgrounds, organization size, geographies and demographics. It is important to IDA that we are successful in our efforts to have a diverse cohort. Space is limited to 30 professionals. Attendees must be IDA members.

When, where and cost?

IDAELF20 will take place June 7-12, 2020 in New York City, New York. The program costs $2750 includes program materials, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Price does not include hotel, airfare, airport transfers, or any other incidentals you may incur. Attendees will be required to stay at the IDA selected hotel during the week of the program. A room block has been secured by IDA and will be announced once the cohort has been selected. Arrival is required on the afternoon of Sunday, June 7, 2020 and departure will take place after 2pm of Friday, June 12, 2020.


Applications were due to IDA by December 10, 2019 at midnight ET. Please contact Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development, at carolyn@downtown.org with any questions about the program.

How will I know if I’m accepted?

The final cohort will be selected by mid-February.  You will be notified via email from Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development.

ELF Program

This program is a sample and subject to change.

Past ELF Cohorts

To see past Emerging Leader cohorts, click here.

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