LeadBoston Class of 2024 Application

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Welcome to the LeadBoston 2024 Application!  At this time, applications are OPEN until Monday, October 16th.

You may pause and revisit this application at any time before submission by following the directions at the top of each application page. You will also have the opportunity to review your full application before pressing submit at the end of the application.

For any technical questions regarding this application submission, please contact Samantha Berley our Organizational Impact Senior Associate at sberley@ywboston.org. For LeadBoston specific questions, please contact Samuel Ellison, Manager of Partnerships at sellison@ywboston.org.

Thank you for your interest in LeadBoston. We look forward to reading your application.

-The LeadBoston Team

At YW Boston, we want to make sure that we are addressing you in the ways that you prefer and that are most inclusive. We therefore ask for both your first and last name, and welcome you to share your preferred name and your pronouns. Learn more.

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Applicant Demographics

At YW Boston intersectionality is central to the work that we do. The section below is a first opportunity for you to share some information about your identity as we work to build a cohort that reflects the diversity of the Greater Boston area. Please note that only questions with a red asterisk (*) are required, but we welcome you to share as much as you're willing.

If there are other aspects of your identity that you would like to share, or if the choices in this form do not accurately represent you, please let us know in the text box at the end of the page so that we may better recognize you and future applicants.

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Gender and Racial/Ethnic Identities
Below are several questions related to gender, race, and ethnicity. You may notice that some of these questions are repeated, once as “choose one” and again as “choose all that apply.” This is for two reasons: First, while some people might self-identify as one answer within a category, others might self-identify as several. Second, we want to honor how you self-identify and allow for broader categories that protect the anonymity of participants in smaller or under-represented groups.

While we attempt to have lists that are both representative and expansive, we know that our lists are not inclusive of all responses. Please use the open-ended responses areas to help us continue to best represent the diversity of our clients.

Gender is a category we use all the time, but can actually refer to several different socially constructed categories such as Gender Identity (man, cis, trans, woman, genderqueer, etc.), Gender Expression (e.g. masculine, feminine, neutral), and Sex (e.g. male, female, intersex, etc.).

Race, Ethnic, and Cultural Identities
Race and ethnicity are complex social constructs. Race is often determined by how you look in a certain context (e.g. the US), while ethnicity is based on the cultural groups you belong to and may be shaped by your social, religious, linguistic, and/or national affiliation.

These regions are drawn from the UN Statistical Commission.

The LeadBoston team will work their best to accommodate any translation needs.

Additional Identity Information

Interest Statement

Employment Information

Please estimate the global number of employees working for your organization. If you do not know, please take your best guess and click the checkbox in the question below.
A member of the YW Boston team will contact you to confirm the size of your organization for our sliding-scale tuition pricing.

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We will not contact your supervisor without first communicating with you.

Please answer the following questions about your current employer:
LeadBoston Tuition Information
The expected tuition amount for participating in the LeadBoston program is listed below. YW Boston uses a sliding fee scale based on the sector and size of the applicant’s organization.

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Please note, requests do not guarantee discount or admission.

Please select one of the following options:
Indicating that you are already discussing LeadBoston with your supervisor will let us know we can shortly generate an email to your supervisor confirming that you have completed the application and provide them with additional information about LeadBoston.

By indicating that I am already discussing LeadBoston with my supervisor, I acknowledge that my discussions have included: 
      • Paying the employer tuition.
      • My ability to attend all programming.
      • My employer's support developing a leadership commitment which will increase diversity, equity and inclusion at my workplace. 
A member of the LeadBoston Team will follow up with additional information. 

Commitment Statement

  • I understand that LeadBoston is a competitive and selective process and that my application does not guarantee my selection for the program. 

Tuition (if selected):
  • I understand that LeadBoston employer tuition ranges from $2,750 to $9,000, depending on my employer's size and sector. 

  • I understand that if chosen as a participant, I am expected to contribute a personal tuition of $300. 

  • Should I be selected for the program and opt to enroll, I commit to either obtain my employer's or other sponsor's financial commitment, or directly pay the entire tuition myself. 

  • I further understand that payment in full, or agreement with YW Boston on a specific payment plan, is required by the end of January 2024.

  • I understand that the tuition and all fees are non-refundable. 

Participation (if enrolled):
  • I understand that consistent participation is vital to the success of the program and my learning. I will devote the time and resources necessary to ensure my full participation. 

  • I commit to fulfilling the program commitment (an average of ten hours a month), including monthly sessions, pre-work, session feedback and programming surveys, a two-day local overnight event, and a graduation/closing celebration. Although emergencies may arise, I acknowledge that missing more than ten program hours may result in my dismissal from the program. 

  • I commit to take action to further equity and inclusion within my organization upon completing LeadBoston.

  • If I have questions about these commitments or anticipate needing an exception, I will reach out directly to a LeadBoston staff member.