The American Express NGen Fellows program, part of the American Express Leadership Academy, offers a transformative opportunity for changemakers, age 40 and under, to strengthen their leadership capacity, hone their change-making skills, and build connections with some of the social sector’s most influential leaders. Every year the NGen Fellows program selects 12 individuals to participate in a nine-month leadership development program.
The program centers on six core results and by the end of the Fellows experience changemakers will have furthered their practice of adaptive leadership, self-awareness, racial equity, system change, developing a network of peers, and using a results based frame.
Six Core Results
Articulate self-awareness of your purpose, influences, values, leadership styles, assets, and support needs as leaders, and use that awareness to engage and collaborate effectively
Understand how to use a results based, data-driven practice to define impact, develop strategies, measure performance, and be accountable for results
Develop an analysis of system change levers, such as public policy, needed to achieve one’s results, and tools and tactics for moving those levers
Develop a practice of racial equity to analyze and address disparities in terms of the who, what, and how of your social change work
Build adaptive leadership skills to engage difficult conversations; solve sticky, complex problems with others; and manage change
Develop a network of peers who support your leadership and results, and gain access to influential leaders who can support your development and impact
Meet the 2020 Fellows
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Projects from Previous Program Years
2018: NGen Fellows / Upswell LA
Our 2018 American Express NGen Fellows program cohort had the opportunity to lead a workshop discussion about retaining next generation leaders of color at Upswell LA on November 14.
2017: NGen Speaks
NGen Speaks, the 2017 American Express NGen Fellows' project, is a podcast series featuring emerging nonprofit leaders grappling with complex, sometimes controversial issues. Each leader brings an authentic voice to the conversation, based on personal views and lived experience.
2016: Gender Equity in the Charitable Sector
As part of their collaborative project, the 2016 American Express NGen Fellows wrote Gender Equity in the Charitable Sector, a guide designed to be used to understand the issue of gender equity in the charitable sector, reflect on what gender equity means for the future of the sector, and act from a personal, organizational, and sector-wide level to support and promote gender equity.
2015: The Necessary Challenge
The 2015 American Express NGen Fellows cohort explores the difference between the belief in transformative innovation both within and through the social sector, and the reality of attempting to create and maintain a culture of innovation in the (mostly) nonprofit space in The Necessary Challenge. The report includes findings and recommendations on how the social sector might mitigate barriers and encourage stronger, more sustainable innovation within the sector.
2014: Strategies for Talent Diversity
The 2014 American Express NGen Fellows partnered with the National Audubon Society to refine and improve the organization’s diversity and inclusion goals of attracting, retaining and advancing leaders of color. They documented the effort in a case study, Strategies for Talent Diversity