“I personally have found ways to embody my own power that feel good to me. I have brought in more money (a lot) to my organization. I have created alliances that could be game changers for my field. I can see internally where I get scared of my own authentic brilliance, where I have played small, and I can see how I cannot continue to serve my communities in the way that they deserve if I continue to move in that way. I know for myself, I can never be the person or the way I was before TLC, and I am only half way through the year. Seeing myself reflected in the power, the humanity, the sheer caliber of leadership in my peers in the circle has shifted everything for me.” – Kristiana Huitrón, Executive Director, Voces Unidas for Justice

The TLC Fellows are the most important catalyst for sparking change throughout our movement ecosystem 

Fellowship Overview:

The TLC fellowship sparks transformation within individuals, organizations, collaborative spaces, and the larger ecosystem.  We recognize that unless we work at all four levels, leaders of color will not operate in conditions of sustainability or success.  The TLC fellowship is not a “leadership development program” because strong and powerful BIPOC leaders already exist throughout our ecosystem.  TLC gives fellows an opportunity to root their leadership practice in healing and racial justice; raise their leadership profile; build a powerful network; and make ecosystem level change together.  The TLC Fellowship includes:

    • 15-months of programming, including multi-day healing retreats and monthly day-long sessions
    • $5,000 individual stipend to support leadership journey
    • Individual and peer coaching
    • Opportunities to build relationships with local and national funders
    • Unique TLC-leveraged funding/grant opportunities for fellow organizations
    • Access to a powerful network of TLC alumni, staff, and board members

Criteria & Cohort:



For the third cohort of TLC fellows, we are inviting black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) leaders who serve in an Executive Director role for a Colorado based organization. This can include Co-Directors, State Directors, etc. The cohort will include 15-20 BIPOC leaders and will start in March 2020. 

Fellows must also:

    1. Work in organizations currently working to build power with low-income people, working people, or people of color across a range of strategies (community organizing, building electoral power, advocacy/policy, culture change, food/land justice, etc.)
    2. Be invested in building a social justice movement in Colorado across organizations, communities, constituencies, sectors, etc.
    3. Be committed to supporting one another’s leadership, holding the best intentions for each other, and being open to resolving conflicts that exist or emerge.
    4. Be willing to engage in conversations about race, power, privilege, and intersections of identities.
    5. Be able to attend all of the monthly sessions and retreats in the 15 month period.  Sessions will be virtual until conditions are safe to meet in person.

A team of TLC alumni will review all applicants to select the right mix of leaders in the cohort, and will then ask candidates to go through an interview process to ensure readiness and commitment.  If you have any questions filling out this application please contact: tania@transformativeleadershipforchange.org

Cohort 3 Calendar

TLC Fellowship Selection Timeline:

January 18th: Application Deadline
Mid January – Mid February: Fellowship Selection Process
Late February- Early April: Fellowship Invitation and Selection Announcement
May 28th: Fellowship Program Launch

Fellowship Dates for 2021-2022

May 28th: Full Day (Virtual)
June 25th: Full Day (Virtual)
July 30th- August 2nd: Retreat
August 27th: Full Day
September 23 & 24th: Full Day (Virtual Coaching Training)
October 29th: Full Day
November 26th: No Meeting- Peer Coaching Sessions
December: No Meeting- Peer Coaching Sessions 



January 28th: Full Day
February 25th: Full Day
March 25-28: Retreat
April 29th: Full Day
May 27th: Full Day
June 24th: Full Day