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Resilient Leaders

Resilient Leaders

After its successful first year, CBEY and Tsai CITY are again partnering with Echoing Green on our Resilient Leaders initiative. This professional and personal development program trains the leaders of tomorrow to find innovative solutions to the toughest social and environmental challenges of our time. Facilitated by Keno Sadler, VP of Echoing Green, the Resilient Leaders program will present diverse approaches to building community and having tough 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 understand the power of our own story, the biases that come with that, and how you can use it to understand others motivations and connect with others.

A cohort of twenty students selected from across Yale’s campus will meet every other Thursday from 5 PM - 7 PM on the following 2019 dates:

Jan 24
Feb 7
Feb 21
March 7
March 28
April 11
April 25
May 9th

We expect all cohort members to be fully present at all sessions, and complete commitments including:

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

Students will have the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of peers from across Yale’s graduate schools and the college.

Application information

Application deadline is 01/18/2019

Please follow this link to find more information and to submit your very short application by January 18.

Thank you for your submission and good luck!

If you have any questions, please email Onyeka Obiocha at or Donovan Ervin 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 and Tsai CITY

People & Partners

Donovan Ervin

Climate Finance Officer at Hive Fund for Climate & Gender Justice
MBA 2020
Master of Environmental Management 2020

Cass Walker

Executive Director at First Southwest Community Fund

Onyeka Obiocha

Director of Innovation at Dwight Hall at Yale