If you are an exceptional social entrepreneur or nonprofit leader engaged in building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice globally, the Cordes Fellowship provides an opportunity to participate as a full Delegate at the Opportunity Collaboration in Cancun, Mexico in October.
The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich OC with new, emerging leaders; and infuse OC discussions with a diversity of perspectives.
At the Opportunity Collaboration, I honestly learned more in the past few days than in a semester in business school. - Cynthia Koenig, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Wello, USA.
Successful Cordes Fellowship applicants are high-impact, innovative, entrepreneurial for-profit and nonprofit executives with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and poverty alleviation. Like all Delegates, Cordes Fellows are catalytic leaders who, by their actions and accomplishments, evidence pragmatic vision, passionate tenacity, multi-sectoral thinking, adaptive leadership skills, non-ideological activism and a strong ethical grounding.
Financial need is a primary consideration. Applicants from both for-profit and nonprofit organizations with adequate resources are less likely to be considered. Additionally, please keep in mind that organizations may only receive a Fellowship once and awards are extended to just one senior leader per organization in any given year.
From my learnings at Opportunity Collaboration I felt confident that it was time to start sharing my story, so I’m now sharing it across a variety of mediums. Thank you so much once again for the OC opportunity, it really was a personal and professional game changer. - Adam Braun, Founder & Executive Director, Pencils of Promise, Cambodia.
Cordes Fellows selected from non-OECD countries (developing economies) receive a $2,950 award (fully covering their OC Global registration) and pay a refundable $250 administration fee, which is returned after the non-OECD fellow attends OC Global.
Cordes Fellows from OECD countries (developed economies) receive a $2,100 award (partially covering their OC Global registration) and pay a $850 registration fee.
The Cordes Fellowship provides all-inclusive room-sharing accommodations for 5 nights, meals, full access to leadership programs, capacity building clinics, working discussion groups, agenda roles, organizational showcasing opportunities, pre- and post-event networking concierge services, transportation to and from Cancun International Airport (CUN), internet fees, onsite recreation and resort fees. Most importantly, they will spend 4 days connecting with hundreds of the world’s most passionate leaders. Come prepared to share best practices, illuminate partnership opportunities or reveal a current passion or innovative idea!
All Cordes Fellows are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare and obtaining all necessary travel documents, including a travel visa from the Mexican government, if required. The OC provides Cordes Fellows with a formal invitation letter to use with immigration authorities.
The Opportunity Collaboration was absolutely stunning! I was awestruck by the great insights on leading a superior management team and how to have good relations with donors, tackled in a brief, concise way. For the first time in my life, I flew in a plane, visited a foreign nation and attended a high-profile conference. It was a life-changing experience. Long live Opportunity Collaboration! – Wiclif Otieno, Director, Kito International, Kenya.
Applications for 2020 Cordes Fellowships are now closed. Applications for 2021 Cordes Fellowship will be accepted once we know we can safely convene a global, in-person gathering.
All 2020 Cordes Fellowship applications submitted before January 31, 2020 will be notified via e-mail regarding the outcome of their application by March 31, 2020. Once notified, Fellows have 30 days to accept the Cordes Fellowship award by registering on the OC website.
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