A cohort of up to 15 individuals with diverse professional experiences and backgrounds will be selected from across the state.

We’re looking for a diverse range of individuals who are willing to commit significant time and effort to improve their futures and the future of Hawaii.

Candidates should be ready to engage in an executive-level curriculum, have at least ten years of professional experience leading and engaging others, and be able to contribute to the learning process with their own perspectives. They should be willing and able to make a full commitment to the Forum of Fellows, a collective of Hawaii-based leaders committed to working together towards a shared vision for our island home. Candidates must be willing to serve the mission of the Forum: to strengthen the well-being of Hawaii — its people, communities, and natural ecosystems — through the practice of unified servant leadership and the recognition of our individual and collective kuleana to generations past, present, and future.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate how their achievements hold the promise of  extraordinary leadership for Hawaii in the decades ahead.  

Individually, an Omidyar Fellow is someone who has:

  • Demonstrated, as a leader, courage, commitment, passion, and impact
  • Addressed complex problems within an organization or community
  • Developed a working style that incorporates problem solving, original thinking, collaboration, and innovation
  • Earned leadership responsibilities beyond his/her years of employment based on track​record of accelerated achievement
  • Demonstrated engagement in the community beyond professional responsibilities
  • Arrived at an understanding of Hawaii’s cultural, social, and political contexts
  • Garnered the full support of his/her current employer

Who is the ideal candidate for Cohort VII?

The best candidates are those who will lead here in Hawaii and understand that leadership is a very courageous undertaking. We seek mid-career professionals who have been entrepreneurial in their career and have had the experience and drive to be disrupters and transformative catalysts within organizational leadership and outside of formal roles. Successful
applicants must be able to articulate their own motivations and vision for the future of Hawaii.

We seek strategists, leaders, and collaborators who represent organizations and communities that are considered significant in the state, by size, profile, example, or potential for replication. They will be leaders who will contribute in a significant way to the profile, impact, and goals of the Forum of Fellows.