Omidyar searching for future leaders

LIHUE — The Omidyar Fellows started recruiting for the 2014-15 program, which aims to cultivate, train and educate emerging leaders by providing them with the skills and relationships necessary to make positive, lasting impacts on Hawaii.

Kalei Stern, director of the Omidyar Fellows, said she hopes to keep recruiting Kauaians. 

The Omidyar Fellows program launched in 2012 with 13 people in the first cohort, including Marissa Sandblom, vice president of Grove Farm Company. That group is currently engaged in a collaborative solutions project studying examples of leadership in controversial issues that have impacted Hawaii.

The second cohort of 15 people started the program in September 2013. Kauai’s representative in that group is Scott McFarland, interim CEO at Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.

The fellowship program includes a comprehensive curriculum that unfolds in three phases, according to a release. 

The first three months allow the fellow to be introspective and reflective about their personal leadership style. 

The second phase is about leading a department, team and organization or company, and the final months are about community leadership, networks and engagement. 

Applications for the next group of Omidyar Fellows are due Monday, June 30. Candidates must have 10 years of experience, a clear trajectory of increasing responsibilities towards leadership and be committed to staying in the islands and making a difference locally. 

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