Emerging Leader Fellowship Program

The Emerging Leader Fellowship brings together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows 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 2017 Program

As the name suggests, this program is aimed at those who have chosen urban district management as a career path. 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 own organization one day, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.

Where: New York City at the ICSC Leadership Center
When: June 11-16, 2017
Applications: The application process is now closed for the 2017 program. Applicants interested in the 2018 program should contact Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development, at carolyn@downtown.org. The application process for 2018 will open at the end of October.


Congratulations to the 2017 cohort!


Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program Attracts Top Urban Champions

The International Downtown Association has selected 28 of the industry’s brightest professionals for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program. These senior staff members hail from 4 countries and 17 provinces or states, including London (UK), Dartmouth (Nova Scotia), Washington DC, Salt Lake City, Louisville, Dallas, Santa Monica, and Malmö (Sweden).

“The International Downtown Association is looking to build the future of our industry, and these accomplished executives are the shining stars of our profession,” said David Downey, President and CEO of IDA. “With this program, we’re educating and inspiring the next generation of leaders.”

The program, which takes place June 11-16 in New York City, features intensive instruction delivered by IDA partners at Baruch College, City University of New York, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and Coro New York Leadership Center. Technical in-the-field training will be provided by professionals within several business improvement district organizations across the city. The event takes place at the ICSC Leadership Center in New York City, with field visits provided by several local BID leaders.

“The smashing success of our inaugural Fellowship program in 2016 underscored how critical this training is to our growing industry,” said Downey. “This is the only program of its kind created specifically for urban place management professionals. IDA is looking to further illustrate the importance of our industry by raising up leaders with the necessary skills to champion inclusive city building.” Congratulations to the 2017 cohort!

Read or download the full 2017 Press Release

Interested in marketing your products or services to this prestigious cohort?
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