The Civic Leadership Academy meets Thursday evenings and all day on Fridays, every other week for six months. The program also includes a week-long global practicum.
Discovering capacity for leadership
Fellows will examine their leadership characteristics and how to deploy them at the right time in the right context.
Fellows will define leadership, with a reference to goals and audiences.
Collecting and analyzing Data
Fellows will learn to collect and analyze different kinds of data, including the data of their own leadership experiences.
Mapping and Navigating Civic Leadership
Fellows will learn how to define the civic landscape and navigate its complexities.
Understanding the humanity of civic leadership
Fellows will explore the humanity of leadership, both within themselves and the people with whom they work.
Global Practicum to Delhi, India
To recognize leadership challenges and strategies in Delhi, India, and learn how to translate the lessons learned to the city of Chicago.
Acquiring and communicating information
Fellow will learn methods to engage audiences, elicit useful information and communicate messages effectively.
Advancing Goals with limited resources
Fellows will learn tools to help them prioritize and achieve goals given limited resources and political constraints.
Establishing policy priorities in complex communities
Fellows will learn a framework for establishing policy priorities that represent the needs of complex communities.
Understanding and activating audiences
Fellows will learn how to understand key stakeholders and increase their commitment toward established goals.
Negotiating within the civic sphere
Fellows will learn the fundamentals of negotiation and practice the techniques needed to be effective civic leaders.