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Sheila C. Johnson fellows are diverse and talented emerging leaders working to address disparities in predominately African American and other underserved communities in the U.S. The fellowship is open to entering master's degree and mid-career degree students at Harvard Kennedy School. Fellows are committed to achieve social change despite significant odds and leaders who want to strengthen their ability to transform communities. Awarded students receive full tuition, health fees, and a $10,000 annual stipend during their full course of study at Harvard Kennedy School (one or two years). The Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship is made possible by the generous gift of Sheila C. Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts.
Sheila C. Johnson leadership fellows will create a vibrant network of students and alumni committed to advancing knowledge, collaborating on solutions to pressing problems, and building leadership capacity in their communities, their nation, and the world. The fellows are part of the Center for Public Leadership's (CPL) community of graduate fellows and participate in a robust year-long co-curricular experience designed to strengthen their fellowship cohort and expand relationships with other CPL fellows in supporting their leadership goals.
The cocurricular program includes:
Domestic students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply, including students also pursuing degrees in areas such as business, medicine, law, education, and public health. Applicants will be considered based on their excellent academic credentials and a demonstrated interest in developing leadership skills with a focus on reducing disparities in African American and other underserved communities in the U.S.
Sheila C. Johnson is CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, a hospitality company she founded in 2005.
Johnson has long been a powerful influence in the entertainment industry, starting with her work as founding partner of Black Entertainment Television. She has served as executive producer of four documentary films, including Kicking It; A Powerful Noise; She Is the Matador; and The Other City. Her newest film Lee Daniels’ The Butler, opened in fall 2013.
Johnson was named global ambassador for the humanitarian and anti-poverty organization CARE and has served as a member of Accordia Global Health Foundation’s International Council. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
She serves on the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and is also a board member of the Sundance Institute, the Tiger Woods Foundation, and the ANNIKA Foundation. Most recently, she has served on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association.
She received a BA in Music from the University of Illinois, as well as honorary degrees from numerous other institutions.
2014-2015 Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship profiles
Applications for the 2014-15 academic year are now closed.
Applications for 2015-16 academic year will be available in the spring of 2015. All applications are submitted through MYFAID.
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