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Omidyar Fellows accepting applications for 2013


The Omidyar Fellows — a program launched in May 2012 by the Hawaii Leadership Forum — has opened applications for its 2013 class.

Applications for the rigorous and comprehensive leadership program are now being accepted online through June 30, 2013.

Developed by Bill Coy, director of leadership learning for the Hawaii Leadership Forum, the Omidyar Fellows curriculum is tailored to meet the unique and diverse needs of participants.

The customized program includes a kickoff event and series of orientation activities, one full-day session each month, executive coaching, and conversations with current leaders.

In addition, Fellows learn new skills, network with peers, self-reflect, and participate in personal growth opportunities.

“Last year we were fortunate to receive more than 150 applications from many engaged and dedicated individuals seeking leadership development for the benefit of not just themselves, but their organizations and their communities as well. We were impressed by the strong representation from all islands and sectors and the overall level of understanding and commitment to Hawaii,” said Kalei Stern, director of Omidyar Fellows.

“We look forward to engaging with the community and the next generation of leaders to build a strong second cohort of Fellows,” Stern said.

Omidyar Fellows is looking for applicants who represent a wide range of sectors including government, nonprofit, for-profit businesses, and labor unions.

The ideal candidate for the Omidyar Fellows is someone who has:

* Demonstrated, as a leader, the courage, commitment, passion, and capability to get things done

* Solved complex problems within an organization or community

* Developed a working style that incorporates problem solving, original thinking, collaboration, and innovation

* Earned leadership responsibilities beyond his/her years of employment based on track record of accelerated achievement

* Demonstrated engagement in the community beyond professional responsibilities

* Arrived at an understanding of Hawaii’s cultural, social, and political contexts

As the current inaugural class nears the halfway point of the 15-month program, the Omidyar Fellows program hopes to build upon the momentum of its first year and bring these exciting opportunities to a new group of up to 15 up-and-coming local leaders.

The program is designed with the goal to inspire and equip emerging leaders with the skills needed to affect positive, lasting change in Hawaii.

According to Colton Ching, a current Omidyar Fellow and vice president of energy delivery at Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., the program is already succeeding.

“Through the Omidyar Fellows program I have learned important lessons on leadership and developed lifelong friendships with my cohort that will be invaluable in my professional career,” Ching said.

The 2012 fellows will be graduating in November 2013. Selected participants for the second Omidyar Fellows class will be announced in September, and their program will begin in October 2013.

The Hawaii Leadership Forum is a newly created nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing leadership in and for Hawaii. The Forum receives funding from the Omidyar Ohana Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.

The first initiative of the Hawaii Leadership Forum, Omidyar Fellows is a rigorous leadership development program designed to equip emerging leaders from across the state with the skills they need to forge Hawaii’s future. Tapping the talent that already exists in Hawaii, the program aims to support young leaders with skills and relationships to help Hawaii prosper.

EBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and his wife Pam, are active philanthropists guided by a common set of values — a deeply rooted belief in humanity, and a conviction that the world thrives when we prioritize treating others with compassion, dignity, and a respect for diversity.

Working across many sectors and geographies, the Omidyars have contributed more than $1 billion to causes ranging from economic advancement for the underserved and human rights to technology for improving kids’ health.

To fulfill their mission Pierre and Pam are deeply engaged in the organizations they founded, including: HopeLab, Humanity United, Omidyar Network, and Ulupono Initiative and Omidyar Fellows in their home state of Hawaii.

While each organization across The Omidyar Group has a specific focus, they are united in that they all aim to create opportunities for people to improve their quality of life and that of their communities.

Omidyar serves as a trustee of Tufts University, Santa Fe Institute, Punahou School, and as a commissioner for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. He is also CEO and publisher of Honolulu Civil Beat.

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