Fellowship Program

A professional development opportunity for top talent

World Business Chicago’s Fellowship Program offers an exclusive opportunity for mid-level executives to help bring the Plan For Economic Growth and Jobs to life.

The Plan provides a set of goals and strategies, guiding the development of WBC initiatives. Implementation of these initiatives relies on talented Fellows.

“It is an incredible leadership development opportunity for our best and brightest people.” – Lamar Johnson, Managing Principal, Gensler


of Fellows are promoted within six months of completing their fellowship

Successful Careers

WBC Fellows tend to advance quickly in their companies, moving on to great things after their fellowship.

Opportunities for Talented Employees

Meet with Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel and leading Chicago CEOs

Connect with prominent city, county, state government leaders

Gain understanding of public sector from unique perspective

Build, hone, and strengthen entrepreneurial skills

Gain experience managing high-level teams of stakeholders

Gain exposure to new industries and skills

Interface regularly with experts/leaders in various fields

Build connections via Fellowship Alumni Program

Implement large-scale, highly visible projects

Positive Impact on Companies

Enhance employee retention

Develop business connections with public/private sector

Build relationships with the Mayor and WBC Board of Directors

Contribute to Chicago’s future

Program Details

Three classes per year

Applications accepted year-round

Four to six month commitment

For information about applying

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