Business Leads Fellowship Program

Training the Business Community

The Business Leads Fellowship Program is developing business leaders to be education and workforce champions in their community and better connect education systems and students to opportunity. It equips chambers of commerce and associations with the resources necessary to implement change in the education and workforce pipeline.

Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce, the program consists of virtual and in-person workshops. Topics include early education, K-12, college and career readiness, postsecondary education, and workforce development. Each workshop is taught by leaders who have put these policies into practice to bring opportunity to their communities.

To be considered for the Business Leads Fellowship Program, applicants should be:

  • Currently employed by a state or local chamber, statewide trade association, or economic development agency.
  • Currently engage in or desire to engage in education and/or workforce issues in your community.

Join the Network

Business Leads Fellows come from communities all across the country.

What You'll Learn

Through specialized training, Business Leads Fellows gain the required skills to launch successful education and workforce programs in their communities.

student professionals learning at business workshop

Historical and Policy Context

We get it – education and workforce issues are complex. With so many stakeholders, inputs, and external implications, it can be difficult to figure out where to engage. As a Fellow, you will learn the history of early childhood, K-12 education, and workforce development issues, including current policy context. You will hear from experts in each field, and most importantly, you will learn how to think about the education and workforce pipeline in your community.

Meet the Faculty

Our faculty are leaders in business, government, academia, and nonprofit management. These experts teach Business Leads Fellows about specific issues in education and workforce development and how to improve outcomes for students and workers in their local communities

Become a Fellow

Interested in opportunities to become a Fellow? If you meet the criteria, complete our sign-up form to stay informed of future opportunities.