Longwood Gardens Fellows Program opens

Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the Longwood Fellows Program, a 13-month residential learning experience focused on building the leadership capacity of high-potential public horticulture professionals. Applications are due November 1. 

The program is open to global professionals who hold a bachelor's degree and possess a strong desire to lead in a public horticulture environment. Masters and doctoral candidates from domestic and international universities, and those who may be transitioning between careers are welcome to apply. The program begins June 2017.

Current public horticulture leaders are also encouraged to nominate individuals who have a commitment to professional excellence, have a deep intellectual curiosity, and have an interest in representing diverse perspectives and backgrounds for admission to the Program. Nominations should be submitted in writing to the Program’s director, Dr. Tamara Fleming, tfleming@longwoodgardens.org by October 1.

The Longwood Fellows Program focuses on grounding Fellows in leadership theory and practice through an immersive, flexible, concentrated program that draws on the experience and knowledge of multiple public horticultural organizations and academic thought leaders.

During the 13-month, fully funded, cohort-based residency at Longwood, Fellows delve into topical issues relevant to public horticulture today such as leadership, board relations and governance, communication skills, change management, innovation, Human resources and /talent management. A two-month international field placement provides a deeper understanding of these issues, equipping Fellows to lead organizations into a vibrant and sustainable future. Alumni of the Fellows Program join the prestigious Society of Fellows, a global network of public garden professionals.

“Since 1967, thousands of students from all over the world have participated in our education programs and have gone on to leadership roles in many of the world’s top horticultural institutions. This new Fellows Program carries with it the legacy of its beginnings, with a consciousness of the fast-growing demands on leaders in our industry” Paul B. Redman, Executive Director of Longwood Gardens

Fellows receive a stipend while enrolled in the tution-free program. Interested individuals should visit www.longwoodgardens.org/longwood-fellows for more information. 

About Dr. Tamara C. Fleming
Dr. Tamara C. Fleming is the Director of the Longwood Fellows Program. Previously, Fleming served as Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence, which she helped to establish in 2012 at the University of Virginia. Prior to becoming Director, she served as the Learning and Development Manager for the University where she was responsible for the staff leadership development programs. Fleming earned her Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and her Master of Arts in English from George Mason University.

About Longwood Gardens
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Throughout his life, Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great gardens, encompassing 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and a 4-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and cultural and community engagement. Details at www.longwoodgardens.org.    

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