is a full-time, nine-month, hands-on training in how to make change in systems.

The process of leadership involves both diagnosis and action. Leaders are highly effective at diagnosing and then intervening at leverage points in systems in order to solve systemic problems. As actors in the very systems they are seeking to change, leaders must also be highly effective at diagnosing and intervening in themselves. In the midst of action, leaders have to be able to reflect on their own attitudes and behavior to better calibrate interventions into the complex dynamics of an organization or community. The Coro training includes four main parts: self/system diagnosis and self/system intervention, with learning outcomes tied to each part.

Weekly Seminars focus on diagnosing the self in order for Fellows to clarify who they are–their values and beliefs, their purpose and their natural talents–while also introducing skills, tools, and strategies for intervening in self and system.

Issue Days, Topic Weeks, and City as Classroom Sessions focus on diagnosing the systems that shape community issues. Fellows work together as a group to create and manage their own learning agenda using interviews and other forms of structured group dialogue. Topics have included affordable housing, transportation and workforce development, infrastructure and the environment, education, youth, and public safety. Fellows engage with various community leaders and subject matter experts to explore the leverage points where they can make change in the system.

Capacity-Building Group Projects focus on intervening in systems. A project is capacity-building when it expands an organization’s capacity to accomplish goals and achieve desired results, which may be realized after the Fellows complete their work. Projects give Coro Fellows the opportunity to co-design system interventions and collaborate with various organizations to implement and learn from the project.

Coaching Sessions focus on intervening in self in order to consistently perform at one’s best.  Learning with active support from mentors is essential for Fellows to develop confidence and competence in their work.  Coaching and other forms of mentoring are ongoing throughout the program. Fellows participate in coaching sessions with program trainers. Coro also connects Fellows with a network of mentors, often Coro alumni, who fulfill a variety of functions, including:

  • Helping participants take advantage of opportunities for professional development.
  • Guiding participants to see their strengths and navigate obstacles.
  • Protecting participants from negative career outcomes or damaging consequences in the community.
  • Supporting participants in developing and implementing their group projects

Time Commitment – The Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time program with nine months of rigorous training and activity, from August to May. As such, Fellows are discouraged from obtaining employment outside of Coro while participating in the program.

The core value- Nurture Leadership excites me the most because I believe it will awaken a sense of purpose and help me become an better leader. Patrice L. McKenzie, '15


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Pittsburgh, PA 15203