GDUCI Executive Director Lela Klein was named a finalist for the prestigious Echoing Green fellowship. Each year, Echoing Green receives thousands of applications for a two year immersive leadership development program that provides seed-funding and hands-on support. 73 next-generation innovators have been chosen as finalists, and Lela is thrilled to be among them. In late April, Lela traveled to New York for two days of finalist workshops and interviews. Excitingly, our fellow Cincinnati social entrepreneurs Allen Woods and Derrick Braziel of MORTAR/ Brick Pop-up Shops are also finalists.
"Each year, Echoing Green evaluates thousands of applications in order to identify high-potential social change leaders from around the globe.
We believe these 73 next-generation innovators have the talent and drive to launch bold new ideas for solving some of today’s most pressing and entrenched problems around the world.
We are eager to bring this remarkable group to New York for connections and interviews as Finalists for the Echoing Green Fellowships – our two year immersive leadership development program that provides seed-funding and hands-on support, and embeds them in the Echoing Green network. Ultimately, the investment we make in selecting the 2017 Fellows will be from this group of dedicated entrepreneurs, who will go on to join our unparalleled community of 700+ innovators." (From the Echoing Green 2017: Social Impact Talent Report. Click link to see more info on Lela Klein and Allen and Derrick from Mortar.)