Class of 2022 Cohorts and
Cohort Best Practices

Cohort 1:  Young @ Hart
Sami Aboulhosn
Anne Marie Farley
Danielle Hart
Ryan Kiernan
Ogechi Muotoh
Adele Navarrete
Mascot: Boss Baby
Motto: “Born Leaders”
Theme Song:  Young At Heart
– Frank Sinatra

Cohort 3:  Freedom
Allison Barlotta

Jim Chen
Syeda Maghrabi
Lara Neumark
Song Volk
Nathaniel Wilson
Mascot: Octopus
Motto: "Freedom to Explore and Share"
Theme Song: Freedom –
George Michael

Cohort 5:  Lasso Learners
Hope Cothran

Tammy Daub
Susan Duarte
Darryl Franklin
Scott Walker
Megan Whitney
Mascot: Eagle
Motto:  "Going Places"
Theme Song: Come Fly With Me
– Frank Sinatra

Cohort 2:  Mockingbirds
Virginia Barry
Connie Chang
Jennifer Dill
Miguel Dominguez
Sam Hawley
Inga Rubin
Mascot: Mockingbird
Motto: "Before I can live with other folks,
I've got to live with myself."
Theme Song: Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Cohort 4:  Aspiring "Experts"
Shane Anderson-Skeete
Julisa Edwards
Taryn Fielder
Tracy Locklin
Suzanne Law Marisa
Mascot: Eagle
Motto: "Engage and Elevate"
Theme Song: Lose Yourself –

Cohort 6:  The Sixers
Cindi Chmielewski
Andria Hill
Monique Kadnar
Sandeep Kathuria
Adam Lichtenstein
Rob Lloyd
Mascot: Owl
Motto: "Be Curious"
Theme Song: Fly Me To The Moon
– Frank Sinatra

Cohort Best Practices

What is a cohort and what can it do for me? A key feature of the Leadership Academy is the cohort -- an intentional learning community assigned to work together for the term of the Academy.   The purpose, broadly speaking, of cohort groups is to encourage a dynamic, collaborative, and supportive learning environment to carry you through the program.

You will meet with your cohort at least once between each session. Generally, cohort meetings will last 1-2 hours to allow for discussion of all the topics suggested in the Briefing Sheet. We hope that you will bond with your cohort, keep each other on track, learn from one another, act as sounding boards, and form the basis of a network that grows closer over the course of the Academy.

How to get the most out of your cohort:  Like so much of life, your cohort will give you more, the more you put into it. Your cohort meetings are a chance to flex your leadership skills; they are a practice arena for what you are learning.

Cohorts serve three important purposes: (1) educational; (2) relationships; and (3) networking.

Each cohort strikes a different balance among these purposes. Here is some general guidance from prior Fellows that may help you develop a practice that works for your cohort.

1:  Set some ground rules:

  • Affirm your commitment to the cohort process.
  • Affirm your commitment to the Academy Rules of Engagement.
  • Openly discuss your ideas on what balance to strike among the three purposes, and use what you decide to structure your cohort meetings.
  • Openly discuss other “ground rules” – such as finding a day and time that works for everyone.
  • Ideally, cohort meetings will be “face-to-face” if/when possible, realizing that the locations of cohort members and/or weather/public health conditions may not allow. If you can’t be in person, we strongly recommend you meet on video conference calls, because teleconference calls are much less effective in promoting conversation.

2:  Allow time for relationships to develop:

  • Make sure you spend time, especially at the beginning, getting to know one another.
  • Recognize that you may have to be more vulnerable than you generally are in your professional life.
  • Be mindful of being inclusive and supportive of one another during the cohort sessions.

3:  Take the cohort time seriously – do the prep work (readings and reflections), and attend the meetings:

  • Consider whether it would work best for your cohort to have a facilitator for each cohort meeting to make sure you achieve your goals for the meeting. You should also strongly consider rotating the facilitator responsibility, allowing each cohort member to exercise their leadership (and avoid overburdening any one member).
  • Be flexible:  If the cohort finds that it would be more useful to address another leadership issue during a session (i.e., an issue facing one member), the cohort can – and should – shift its focus.
  • Consider having a group chat for quick check-ins between sessions using whatever tool is preferred (e-mail, text, WhatsApp, Slack, etc.).

4:  Utilize resources provided by the Leadership Academy team, as needed, to help your cohort maximize the experience.

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