The Nomination & Application Period is Now Closed
The biggest opportunity of your career might only be an application away.
We’re looking for 12 exceptional next-generation changemakers who are ready to rise to meet today’s toughest challenges. The American Express NGen Fellows program, a program 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.
My NGen experience has been truly life changing. I have built a national network of lifelong friends. Our cohort has been challenged by one another, our facilitator, and IS staff to disrupt the status quo and build systems of change. As a result, I show up for the community I serve in a much more intentional and dynamic way.
– Kenya Collins, 2018 Alum
The NGen experience provided a whole new framework of leadership that has been transformative in how I see myself as a change agent in our society. The program helped articulate a clear vision for leadership, grounded in equity, with tangible skill development that has positively affected how I show up at work and lead our public policy work. I’m so immensely grateful to have an enriching and rewarding experience to develop close friendships with my cohort.
– Seyron Foo, 2018 Alum
The NGen Fellows Program filled this gap for me and other mid-career professionals like myself, by designing an experience that leveraged our blossoming talent, deepening our capacity to lead change, and expanding our network by connecting us with other emerging nonprofit leaders across the country. I’ve changed both professionally and personally as a result of the NGen Fellows. The lessons I learned through the program have impacted the way I support communities, the way I approach my work, and even in the way I perceive success.
– Terri Seay Bryant, 2018 Alum
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