The Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program invites its Fellows on a personal and professional development journey as they become part of an emerging global community of public leaders.

Candidates between 25 and 30 years of age with backgrounds in the arts, advocacy, communications, education, engineering, environmental conservation, governance, journalism, law, politics, public policy, religion, security, social innovation, and other fields related to public leadership were invited to apply to the 2017-19 Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program.

2017-19 Program Overview

  • Year 1 (Full-time, Residential Phase): A full-time residential leadership development experience in Montreal with a dozen Sauvé Fellows from Canada and around the world.
  • Year 2 (Part-time, Field Phase): Fellows apply skills, test new ideas and implement initiatives conceptualized in residence, either alone or in collaboration with other Fellows. During this phase, Fellows benefit from ongoing leadership development support from their cohort as well as from the Foundation. Fellows are encouraged to return to their respective communities and countries during this phase.
  • Lifelong Engagement: After completion of the Field Year of the Program, Fellows are encouraged to remain active members of the growing community of Jeanne Sauvé public leaders around the world.
About the Residential Phase: August 2017 to June 2018 (Full-time)

Twelve emerging public leaders from Canada and around the world who shared a passion for public leadership, solving global challenges, and public leadership for culturally diverse societies lived and worked together for 10 months in a beautifully restored historic home in the heart of MontrealQuebecCanada.

While in residence, Fellows benefited from:

  • Interaction with a thriving network of public leaders
  • Access to resources (including the auditing of courses) at McGill University, our program’s academic home, and at Concordia University, our academic partner
  • Tailored leadership development programming with a focus on the skills necessary for contemporary public leadership, including creating change at the individual level, at the community level, and at the societal level
  • Educational group outings
  • Personal coaching in support of participants’ leadership development
  • Team coaching from experts in team dynamics research and practice
  • Guidance from academic and professional mentors at the top of their fields
  • Time, space and opportunity to develop as public leaders and to pursue individual initiatives
  • Free accommodation at Jeanne Sauvé House
  • A stipend to cover basic costs of living in Montreal
Residential Phase of the Program: Individual Leadership Development

Intellectual Exploration

With the support and guidance of their Academic Mentors, Fellows are encouraged to audit courses that allow them to explore new intellectual avenues and to round out their understanding of global issues.

Personal Reflection

With the support of their Personal Coach and the Foundation team, Fellows are invited to to reflect deeply on their leadership journeys to date, to set goals for their professional development, and to chart a course of action for the years ahead.

Individual Initiatives

We believe that providing exceptionally bright, socially engaged, emerging public leaders with the time and support to pursue their passions in a low-risk environment is an important investment in our collective future. We encourage program participants to use the Fellowship opportunity to invest in their potential by undertaking an individual initiative.

These initiatives can be as diverse as the Fellows themselves. For example, Fellows may wish to conduct original research, writing, or creative ventures. They may choose to consolidate past work, to design a new initiative, to scale up an existing project, or to experiment with a new approach to a globally significant issue that they have been working on for some time.

About the Field Phase: July 2018 to August 2019 (Part-time)

During the Field Phase, Fellows continue on their individual public leadership journeys, either in their home countries or elsewhere, and either through continued work or study. During this phase, participants:

  • Receive ongoing support from Sauvé mentors, partners, and the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
  • Continue to exchange with program participants on a regular basis
  • Report to the Foundation on how they are applying what they learned in residence
  • Benefit from Foundation support for collaborative initiatives, including through access to the 2017-19 Fellows Collaboration Fund
  • The Field Phase of the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program requires a commitment of about 10 hours per month. Participation happens remotely, via phone, Skype or email, as participants may be living anywhere in the world. Fellows who wish to collaborate more extensively are encouraged to do so during this phase.
About the Global Fellowship

After completing the program, participants continue to exchange, learn, and take action as part of a growing network of Sauvé Fellows. This global community of public leaders collaborates across cultures, countries, disciplines and sectors to address issues of global significance.

By supporting dialogue, debate, and collaboration across cultures, disciplines and sectors, the Program aims to deepen Fellows’ understanding of the public leadership challenges before us and invite Fellows to share their best ideas, to collaborate on initiatives, to test out new solutions, and to take up the difficult work of learning to harness the wisdom inherent in true diversity.

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