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Emerging Leader Fellowship Program

The IDA Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program that will bring together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows will learn essential leadership and place management skills, and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.

About the 2019 Program

This program is for urban district management professionals. If you are currently a CEO or executive director of a small to mid-sized organization looking to advance your skills, or a senior staff member in a large organization with aspirations to lead your organization one day, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.

Where: New York City, NY
When: June 16-21, 2019
Cost: $2750 includes program materials, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Price does not include hotel, airfare, airport transfers, or any other incidentals you may incur.
Applications: The 2019 application process is currently closed. Please contact Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development, at with any questions about the 2020 program.

Congratulations to the 2019 Cohort!


Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program Attracts Top Urban Champions

The International Downtown Association has selected 30 of the industry’s brightest professionals for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program. These senior staff members hail from 3 countries and 17 provinces or states, including Newcastle, UK; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Milwaukee, WI; San Francisco, CA; Austin, TX; New Haven, CT; Jacksonville, FL; and Denver, CO. 

The program takes place June 16-21, 2019 in New York City featuring intensive instruction delivered by IDA partners at Baruch College, City University of New York, Times Square Alliance and Coro New York Leadership Center. Professionals from several business improvement district organizations across the city provide technical in-the-field training. The event takes place at various locations throughout Manhattan with field visits provided by several local BID leaders. 

Read or download the full 2019 Press Release


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Preliminary Program Outline

This program is preliminary and subject to change.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Arrival. 6pm: Dinner, opening reception and ice-breaker


Day 1: Monday, June 17, 2019

Module: Adaptive Downtown Leadership & Urban District Management
8:00am-8:30am: This first breakfast session begins with an opening ice-breaker where participants will get to know fellow classmates, their respective organizations and their professional goals.
8:30am-12:30pm: IInterpersonal Leadership Styles (Presented By Coro New York Leadership Center) The ILS training* allows each participant to better understand his/her own leadership style and its impact on others. Participants also gain an understanding of other leadership styles, allowing them to consider how to build more collaborative relationships with their colleagues. Participants receive a personalized booklet with a detailed assessment of their own style; they also learn specific strategies focusing on how to "flex" in order work most effectively with others on their team.
*Prior to attendees arriving, each participant will participate in an ILS Survey.
12:30pm to 5pm: Lunch and Fieldwork in NYC BIDs (TBD)
6pm-8pm: Dinner and Debrief


Day 2: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Module: Adaptive Downtown Leadership & Finance
8:00am-12:30pm: Practicing Effective Inquiry (Presented By Coro New York Leadership Center) This training introduces a series of frameworks to help participants observe and interpret what happens around them more accurately, and when needed, intervene to create change more effectively. Participants also learn strategies for asking effective questions and common pitfalls to avoid. This work equips participants with strategies for gathering information about what is really going on, and aims to increase their ability to assess the landscape accurately, gather information effectively through inquiry, consider and leverage multiple perspectives, and ultimately make better and more strategic decisions.
Noon-1pm: Lunch and Keynote Speaker
1:15pm-2:45pm: This session focuses on the funding mechanisms of business district organizations and how they are used to manage and market a downtown district or neighborhood district. This session will also include discussion around other fundraising opportunities and incorporating foundations and grants in your organizational strategy.
3:00pm-4:30pm: Taking what we learned in the previous session attendees will learn best practices of writing a budget, cash flow analysis, and the fiscal responsibilities of managing the budget. Case studies will be presented to the class for group participation and discussion.
7pm Dinner and debrief


Day 3: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Module: Adaptive Downtown Leadership & Governance
8am-10:30am: The Art of Feedback (Presented by Coro New York Leadership Center) Participants learn a protocol to assist them in giving and receiving feedback more effectively and develop strategies for having difficult conversations as part of their work. They engage in experiential activities to practice giving feedback in order to prepare to implement this protocol back in their workplaces. This module includes training on active listening and managing challenging relationships.
10:45am-Noon: In today’s world, private public partnerships are the key to the success of any downtown organization and/or business district and its leader. This session will focus on organizational structures and the importance of public private partnerships. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of who their potential partners are and what role each partner can play through real world examples between downtown leaders and social service agencies, corporate sponsors and city staff and elected officials.
12:30pm-5pm: Lunch and fieldwork in NYC BIDs (TBD)
6pm-9pm: Dinner and evening activity: This evening topic will focused around creating a vibrant nightlife and the management issues that go along with this.


Day 4: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Module: Economic Development Strategies
8:30am-12:00pm: The health of a vibrant business district relies heavily on the mix of retail, restaurant and office tenants along with a good mix of residential. This session will focus on attracting commercial investment and identifying the right retail and office mix.
12:00pm-1:30pm: Lunch and Keynote speaker
2pm-5pm: Fieldwork in NYC BIDs
7pm-9pm: Dinner and debrief


Day 5: Friday, June 21, 2019

Module: Adaptive Downtown Leadership
9:00am-12:30pm: How to Communicate Up, Down, and Across Silos to Achieve Organizational Community Goals (Presented by Don Waisenan, Baruch College) This leadership session will focus on how to communicate in various ways to achieve institutional and community objectives for livable urban centers. Focusing on the needs of urban place management professionals, this session will present the very latest research findings on organizational communication, the science of negotiation, how to present your case with impact and tell a leadership story that can build bridges with elected officials, businesses and other community stakeholders.
11:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch and recap the week
Afternoon: Departure

Note: This program is preliminary and subject to change.

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