Resilient Leaders


At CBEY, we are training the leaders of tomorrow to find innovative solutions to the biggest social and environmental challenges our world has ever faced. The Resilient Leaders program will present diverse approaches to building community and having difficult conversations. Using a foundation of empathy, active listening, and self-awareness, we will explore the idea of resiliency in creating social change, building community, and taking action. We will work together to harness the power of our personal story, examine our perspectives and underlying biases, and develop tools to understand and connect with others.  

The Resilient Leaders program will span from Fall 2 through Spring 1. Students selected from across Yale’s campus will meet every three weeks from Nov 2nd - March 15th  (Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm).

We expect all students to be fully present at all sessions, and complete commitments, which include the following:

  • 1-3 readings for each session
  • Practice skills through action assignments between sessions
  • Complete a reflection essay at the end of the experience

In addition to connecting with other Yale students, participants will engage in intimate conversations with world-changing leaders. Keno Sadler, VP of Programs at Echoing Green, will lead the sessions, and other guests will provide insight from their experience as change agents within their respective fields.

Application information

The application deadline has passed.

If you have any questions, please email Onyeka Obiocha at


Course information

Syllabus Information

Session topics will include:

  • Communication: Power of Active Listening
  • Facilitating Difficult Conversations
  • Power Dynamics
  • Empathy
  • Finding Common Ground
  • Resilience



1-3 readings will be assigned for each session. Sessions will build on themes and issues raised in the readings.

Action Item

Each session will end with deciding on an “action item” that each participant will do before the next session. This could be attending an event, going for coffee with someone who they know has a different perspective, hosting a dinner with people they would not normally interact with, or doing something that takes them out of their comfort zone. Some of these action items will be assigned, and some will be left up to the individual.

Reflection Essay

Each participant will be required to complete a 500 word reflection essay/blog post on their experience in the program.

Program sponsors

This program is supported by:

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment

Dwight Hall

The Campus Compact Fund for Positive Engagement

People & Partners