The Omidyar Fellows Program has selected 16 Hawaii leaders across sectors to make up its newest cohort, officials with the program announced Monday.
The program, which is now in its eighth year, seeks to cultivate Hawaii’s growth by equipping local leaders with the skills and relationships necessary to collectively affect societal change. The members of this year’s cohort were selected through a rigorous application process that began in December 2019, based on their accomplishments, motivation, and ability to make positive change in the Islands.
“One thing that has become incredibly clear to all of us in the last six months is the importance and impact of thoughtful, credible, and intentional leadership,” said Bill Coy, director of Omidyar Fellows, in a statement. “We see leadership as an activity, not a role, and we have appreciated all of those who have stepped forward to diagnose the real and deeper challenges, engage others, and intervene skillfully. Cohort VIII joins us at a juncture of critical demands and remarkable opportunity.”
The members of Cohort VIII begins their 15-month curriculum in October 2020, which includes a full-day session each month; executive coaching; conversations with community, business, and government leaders; and more. The fellowship also includes an active network of 99 cross-sector leaders and change makers “committed to strengthening the well-being of Hawaii.”
The Omidyar Fellows program launched in 2012 with an inaugural cohort of 13 Fellows. The addition of Cohort VIII makes 115 total fellows for the program since its inception.
Here are the members of the Omidyar Fellows Program’s eighth cohort:
The program, which is now in its eighth year, seeks to cultivate Hawaii’s growth by equipping local leaders with the skills and relationships necessary to collectively affect societal change.