I am a Senior Facilitator and Senior Fellowship Leader at The OpEd Project. The OpEd Project is social venture founded to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. They have a nonprofit and a for-profit arm (the revenues from which support their nonprofit activities). They launched with support and seed funding from Echoing Green in 2008. Their starting goal is to increase the number of women thought leaders contributing to key commentary forums—which feed all other media, and drive thought leadership across all industries—to a tipping point. They envision a world in which the best ideas—regardless of where or whom they come from—will have a chance to be heard and shape society and the world.
Working with universities, think tanks, foundations, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations across the nation, The OpEd Project scouts and train under-represented experts (especially women) to take thought leadership positions in their fields (through op-eds and much more); they connect them with their international network of high-level media mentors; and they vet and channel the best new ideas and experts directly to media gatekeepers in all media platforms. They offer customized multi-day and multi-week programs for organizations, and they run day-long programs open to the public (40% on scholarship) in major US cities. They also run year-long Public Voices Fellowship programs for top faculty at select universities. Their dynamic, game-inspired programs are built on experimental, transformational learning around thought leadership, and address big questions, including: What do you know, why does it matter, and how can you use it to change the world?
I began teaching for The OpEd Project in June 2012 as the co-leader of the year-long Public Voices Fellowships (PVF) at Dartmouth University and at Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. I’ve now also taught year-long fellowships at Emory, Yale, and Columbia.