Kellan White is co-director of New Leaders Council Philadelphia, which Knight Foundation supports to help recruit and train the city’s next generation of leaders. Photo credit: New Leaders Council Philadelphia.
At some point every leader answers the call of leadership. They are faced with a challenge, they make a choice and then they take action. Too often these actions are done in silos and though small change is accomplished, that change is not sustainable. When leaders seek out other leaders and break the silos, they accomplish real sustainable change. This is why I joined the 2013 New Leaders Council Fellowship class and became co-director of New Leaders Council Philadelphia in September.
New Leaders Council is a nonprofit that recruits, trains and promotes the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow: trendsetters, elected officials and civically engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future.
In Philadelphia, there is the belief that as a city we will do better depending on the contributions of the next generation of leaders. The New Leaders Council gives young leaders the opportunity to sharpen their skills and build their networks to effectively collaborate and create change. We do this not just in Philadelphia but in 30 other cities and regions across the United States, including Miami, Missoula, Mont., New York and San Francisco.