Fifteen emerging leaders were chosen through a rigorous application and selection process from a pool of nearly 100 applicants.
Participants represent organizations from a wide range of sectors including government, nonprofit and business with representation from the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai.
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation congratulates Lance Parker, 2013-2014 member of our Board of Trustees.
Lance Parker is a senior vice president, acquisitions & dispositions and the principal broker for A&B Properties, Inc. He is responsible for the acquisition and disposition of all commercial real estate assets in Hawaii and continental United States, and has direct management of all licensed real estate activities for A&B. Prior to A&B, he provided commercial real estate advisory and brokerage services on a national basis at Grubb & Ellis. Lance has a bachelor’s degree in finance with a major option in real property management and development from the University of Southern California and currently serves on the board of Historic Hawaii Foundation.
Key Program Elements
Omidyar Fellows begin the leadership program in early-October and will use The Leadership Challenge by James Kozes and Barry Posner as the primary resource throughout the program. The Fellows learn from presenters and each other around a variety of topics that form the basis of the program’s curriculum. Each Fellow is assigned an executive coach as coaching provides a framework and guidance on all elements of the program as well as the Fellow’s overall successes and challenges. Coaches and staff also help to design Individual Learning Excursions meant to push the boundaries of the Fellow’s comfort zone and engage in deep learning in an unfamiliar environment. Fellows then return and put what they’ve learned into action through a collaborative solutions process.
The context for transformative learning is community. The ability of a group of emerging leaders to form a learning community is vital to the experience of leadership development.
Individual coaching is the single element of greatest impact for leadership development. Typically occurring during 60-90 minute one-on-one meetings or phone calls every two to three weeks, sessions are confidential, goal-oriented, and customized to each Fellow’s leadership demands.
The curriculum designed for the Omidyar Fellows incorporates a range of disciplines for a range of learning styles in a manner that is experiential and outcomes-driven. The unique cross-cultural competencies required of those leading in Hawaii are integrated throughout.
Individual Learning Excursion
An individually tailored off-island experience helps to meet the unique learning goals and professional development plan for each Omidyar Fellow. There are also opportunities for shared learning, as Fellows debrief the experience with the group.
Conversations with Leaders
Informal conversations outside the monthly sessions with military, civic, business, community, and government leaders give Omidyar Fellows an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of leadership in Hawaii.
Collaborative Practice Project
In small groups of three to five members, Omidyar Fellows identify and address a critical issue of interest to them and create an action paper with recommendations. Each group is assigned a project advisor and shares the results of its work with the entire class.