The CAUSE Leadership Institute (CLI), is a six-month fellowship program for high-potential working professionals that develops leaders to effectively advocate for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.
Through CLI, fellows are empowered with the knowledge, access, and network to embark on their own civic leadership paths. Fellows emerge from the program prepared to support advocate and serve as leaders of the APA community. Every CLI session addresses each aspect of the curriculum to ensure continuous exposure to the qualities that make a CAUSE leader.
CLI Fellows graduate the program with dedication to lead change in their industry and build cross-sector connections for positive change. They will have new perspectives, respect for the complicated nature of our civic landscape, and renewed vigor to lead that change themselves.
The program was co-founded by CAUSE and USC Dornsife’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to ensure a pipeline of political and civic leadership for the APA community.
Fellows must be able to commit to attending all mandatory full-day training sessions from January 2019 to June 2019. Sessions occur in and around Monterey Park, CA and Downtown Los Angeles.
Additional readings and assignments may be required in between sessions to ensure an optimal learning experience.
Each fellow is required to pay a $400 program fee ($200 upfront, $200 before graduation), $100 security deposit. Dues will go towards funding session facilities, resources, and meals.
Participants will meet with political thought leaders for candid discussions on the current state of various policy issues. These intimate, off-the-record conversations provide exclusive insight into the latest policy developments. Policy issue focuses vary by year and have included: K-12 education, healthcare, energy and the environment, workforce development, transportation, and housing.
Civic Leadership Skill Development
CLI participants meet with experts to develop essential modern leadership qualities needed to effectively advocate for our community. This may include public speaking, messaging, and cultivating individualized authentic leadership styles. Skills gained will prepare CLI participants for civic leadership after the program’s end.
CAUSE’s network gives CLI Fellows exclusive access to the movers and shakers in California. Each speaker shares their personal experiences and leadership journeys. Speakers share their own best practices on public service and civic leadership and provide deeper perspective into what it takes to lead our community. Past speakers have included The Hon. Ed Chau, The Hon. John Chiang, Rusty Hicks, Gary Toebben, and The Hon. Betty Yee.
Group Fundraising Project
Fellows develop greater fundraising skills that will in turn help raise funds for the CAUSE Leadership Institute. Almost every person, group, team, and business has had to fundraise at some point in their life. Fundraising can benefit the community by helping a group organize and come together towards a common goal. CLI is offered at a subsidized rate and we rely on fundraising methods like this to continue providing this program at this rate to our community.
Connections & Community
The CAUSE family is a network united around a shared desire to advance the APA community. Each CLI cohort is encouraged to connect with each other, the speakers, and the larger community. CLI participants are also invited to exclusive networking, political, and community events (as space allows).
Our program is highly selective and each member of our cohort is selected based on their leadership abilities, public service, and community involvement. All of our program fellows are identified and nominated by leading elected officials, select nonprofit partner organizations, or a CAUSE Board Member.
Important Dates & Deadlines
Leadership Institute Session #1
Leadership Institute Session #2
Leadership Institute Session #3
Leadership Institute Session #4
Leadership Institute Session #5
Leadership Institute Session #6
Friday, September 7, 2018
Friday, December 5, 2018, 11:59PM PST
Friday, December 5, 2018, 11:59PM PST
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019