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Support is available through the fellowship program for those seeking more equitable communities. Photo: Pixabay.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Center for Creative Leadership open applications for WKKF Community Leadership Network fellowship

The program emphasizes equity and racial healing.


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Helping leaders connect, grow, and lead transformative change toward a more equitable society, the WKKF Community Leadership Network fellowship program is an 18-month fellowship that highlights the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's DNA, which is based on community engagement and collective leadership.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), recently announced the opening of the application process for local leaders in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans to participate in 'Class Three' of the fellowship program.

Paul Martínez, WKKF’s chief leadership and human capital strategist, stated:

Our founder, Will Keith Kellogg, recognized that investing in local leaders and authentic engagement of communities is essential to creating the equitable conditions necessary for children and families to thrive.

An opportunity for leaders

The WKKF Community Leadership Network Scholarship is intended for fellows who stand out for being:

  • Passionate about bringing the best of themselves to create equitable conditions for children, families and communities.
  • Invested locally in their communities, with a desire to connect with others in their Tribes, cities, states and beyond to work collectively for greater impact.
  • Intentional about deepening their understanding of racial equity, racial healing, community engagement and collective leadership to drive transformational change in communities.
  • Experienced or interested in early childhood education, health, food systems, workforce development, family economic security, or other fields that advance racial equity and children’s well-being.

“This fellowship is a manifestation of his vision. Every class of fellows deepens their knowledge and expands their skills to serve their communities in phenomenal ways,” added Martínez.

The fellowship 

Offering hands-on leadership development, one-on-one coaching, peer networking, and hands-on experience, the program also allows fellows to participate in multi-day sessions with all participants, and meet with a smaller community cohort. Participants will also have one-on-one chats with an executive coach.

The fellows also become part of W.K. Kellogg Foundation Global Leaders Network to support continued connection, collaboration, and collective action. This network of global fellows includes more than 1,100 change agents from Latin America and the Caribbean, Southern Africa, and the United States.

“It is a great privilege to partner with the Kellogg Foundation in stewarding the WKKF Community Leadership Network. We are honored to know and work with such a talented group who are committed to creating a brighter future for our children through an innovative approach to leadership,” said Martin Schneider, CCL president and CEO. 

Since 2018, CCL has directed and managed the program, featuring a 50-year track record of incorporating cutting-edge, proven leadership research into programs that elevate participants' individual priorities and goals.

Fellowship applications are being accepted online at through April 10, 2023.


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