Leadership Development

Greater Boston’s talented workforce isn’t just a driving force of our economy. It’s our competitive advantage.

We help our members invest in that talent through comprehensive leadership development offerings designed to connect and grow strong leaders who lead both inside and out of the office. Our leadership development programs offer a unique blend of classroom and experiential learning that allows participants to:

  • Build meaningful, long-lasting connections
  • Learn from our region's most influential leaders
  • Think critically about key business, policy and civic issues facing Greater Boston

Nominations for our 2020 class is now closed. They will reopen in October for the 2021 cohort.

Boston’s long-term success depends on the preparedness of the next generation of leaders. Our Boston’s Future Leaders (BFL) provides emerging leaders (under the age of 40) a year-long professional development platform, where they gain exposure to established public, private, and nonprofit leadership practices, access to our region’s leaders, experiential behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, and a cross-sector network. Participants graduate with the skills, experiences, and connections they need to lead Boston into the future.

Boston’s Future Leaders helped me become a strong leader. It allowed me to spend time investing in myself and my career.

-Smriti Mishra, EnerNOC

“Boston’s Future Leaders granted me the opportunity to meet, engage, and network with young professionals across sectors, which broadened my view of Boston and how businesses can work together for the greater good.”

–Caitlin Beresin, ML Strategies, LLC

“Boston’s Future Leaders is an exceptional opportunity to develop thought leadership, enhance connections, and recognize your personal impact!”

–Nicola Rigby White, National Grid

Program highlights include:

  • Three full days at Harvard Business School, learning from world-renowned faculty top in-demand skills, including corporate social responsibility, strategic planning, effective management, and authentic leadership 
  • A “behind the scenes” tour of one of Boston’s most influential places of business and the opportunity to provide recommendations on a challenge or opportunity through a leadership challenge hackathon
  • Opportunities to connect with peer emerging leaders from across industries and senior executives through exclusive programs and events 

Participants will gain: 

  • Socially-conscious and civically-engaged leadership skills 
  • Effective management techniques 
  • Deeper, broader connections across the city with region’s leaders and peers 

Successful candidates are: 

  • Under age 40 at time of application 
  • Employed at a Chamber member company 
  • Committed to contributing to the long-term success of the region 
  • Dedicated to full participation in the sessions 


  • Tuition is $5,000, which includes all programs, materials, and meals. 
  • Participants who are accepted commit to full attendances at all monthly sessions (February – December).
  • Companies that send candidates commit to supporting the candidate's participation so they can fully engage with their peers and the content presented. 

 Selection process:  

  1. Submit nominations online, for candidates who meet the criteria and commitment noted above. Individuals may nominate themselves provided their organization is a Chamber member. A nomination does not guarantee selection into the cohort.
  2. Nominees will receive an online application.
  3. A selection committee will review the application to ensure a well rounded cohort and let candidates know of decisions.

See BFL 2020 Details PDF (PDF).

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