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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

Chamber Fellows Program

(formerly named the Executive Leaders Institute)

The Greater Boston Chamber Fellowship for Advanced Leaders is a six-month leadership program for senior-level professionals. During the program, Chamber Fellows explore the topic of leadership through a deep dive into a civic issue facing the business community. Working with our academic partner, MIT Sloan School of Management, and an experiential partner deeply connected to the issue of study, Fellows will engage in a leadership curriculum and complete a capstone project at the program’s end that offers reflection and recommendations.

2019 Theme: Transportation

Experiential Partner: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

The 2019 curriculum will be focused on the region’s pressing public transit needs and opportunities. We will reflect on the complexity of leading the MBTA through a transformative time for the organization and the region, including behind-the-scenes tours and forums with MBTA executive staff.

Curriculum elements:

  • Learn from experts at MIT Sloan School of Management about systems thinking, distributed leadership, and managing through crises
  • Network with peers who are facing similar challenges at the executive level
  • Engage in an experiential learning component by completing a capstone project on a real-world leadership challenge

Expected outcomes:

  • Adaptive and reflective leaders
  • Sophisticated influencer
  • Business leaders with deeper, broader connections

The Executive Leadership Institute provided new perspectives I instantly applied to my company. The collective brain trust – both with my classmates and our instructors at MIT – are immensely invaluable. - Carla McCall, Co-Managing Partner, AAFCPAs

Eligibility: Each year, the Chamber Fellows program accepts up to 40 senior executives who hold high-level management responsibilities within a Chamber member organization. 

Successful Chamber Fellows Candidates Are:

  • Advanced leaders with 15+ years of management experience
  • Considered high-performers on the executive track
  • Seek to understand external issues facing businesses today both locally and globally
  • Interested in developing new relationships
  • Open to exploring new points of view

Selection process:

  1. The Chamber solicits and accepts online nominations from members during a rolling nomination period starting in October. Individuals may nominate themselves provided their organization is a Chamber member. A nomination does not guarantee selection into the cohort.
  2. Once a nomination is submitted, we will invite the nominee to complete an online application during the application period between October 1 and are due by December 14. 
  3. A selection committee will review the application to ensure a well rounded cohort and let candidates know of decisions by January 7.


  • The Chamber Fellows program begins in January and runs through June. [See the PDF for program details]
  • Tuition is $6,000, which includes sessions, course materials and meals and access to the Chamber’s winter/spring Executive Briefings series.
  • Participants who are accepted commit to monthly sessions that range from a full day session at MIT to a 90 minute sessions. 
  • Companies that send candidates commit to supporting the candidate's participation so they can fully engage with their peers and the content presented.

See Chamber Fellows Details & 2019 Program Schedule (PDF).

View the list of 2019 Chamber Fellows participants (PDF).

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