Omidyar Fellows Offers Huge Opportunity for Hawaii’s Future Leaders


There’s been plenty of recent progress towards developing the means to cultivate Hawaii’s future leaders. Now, add the just-announced Omidyar Fellows program, which aims to create an entirely new leadership development paradigm that helps to identify and nurture Hawaii’s best of the best.

OmidyarFellows.orgIn a statement released on Tuesday, Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman, eBay, and founder, Omidyar Fellows, said, “Hawaii has a lot to offer the world, but we are often isolated from what the world has to offer us. The Omidyar Fellows program brings proven leadership practices to Hawaii’s most promising individuals, with the goal of using that knowledge to benefit our community.”

Omidyar Fellows is described as, “a rigorous leadership development program designed to equip selected participants from across the state with the skills they need to forge Hawaii’s future.”  In what appears to be similar to a masters-level degree program, the curriculum spans education, mentoring, community projects, and comprehensive coursework over the 15-month schedule.

The criteria for applicants sets a high bar, and gives some insight into the rigor of the program. For this first year, a maximum of 15 individuals will be selected from across Hawaii. Eligibility requires 5+ years working at the management level, demonstrated courage and innovation, and “leadership responsibilities beyond his/her years of employment.” Additionally, applicants must have “arrived at an understanding of Hawaii’s cultural, social, and political contexts.”

The application process also reflects the high caliber of applicants being sought, requiring an essay and letters of support from your current CEO as well as colleagues outside of your current organization.

Omidyar Fellows is the first initiative of the Hawaii Leadership Forum, which is a newly created organization designed to catalyze efforts that support Hawaii’s emerging leaders. The Forum receives funding from the Omidyar Ohana Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Think you have what it takes to be an Omidyar Fellow? The application process is now open, so sign up here.