Fellowship Program

A professional development opportunity for top talent

World Business Chicago’s Fellowship Program provides an exclusive professional development opportunity for mid-level executives to help drive Chicago’s strong economy.

WBC’s talented fellows work on economic development projects and programs to help guide the development and implementation of initiatives vital to advancing Chicago’s future. By joining our team, Fellows expand WBC’s capacity and help to accelerate these important initiatives. Fellows gain leadership skills and build relationships within the public and private sectors. For approximately four to six months, Fellows lend their skill and expertise to WBC and make a lasting impact on Chicago.

Current & Past Fellows

Jim Arvin’s experience allowed for him to more fully understand aspects of business completely different than what he has experienced at EY. He will be a much better person both professionally and personally, for his time at WBC.

– Jim Knightly, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young


programs and initiatives launched since 2012

Exponential Impact

Driving inclusive economic growth

Opportunities for Talented Employees

Develop, implement and lead large-scale and highly-visible projects and initiatives

Drive inclusive economic growth

Build an expansive and diverse professional network

Enhance knowledge, leadership skills and strategic thinking

Gain exposure to new industries and diverse stakeholders


“My Fellowship made me a confident leader and helped me recognize my abilities to adapt to changing situations and influence diverse groups of stakeholders to align their efforts.”

- Rachana Sharma – Director of Management Consulting, KPMG

Q&A with former WBC Fellow

Program Details

Two classes per year:

Spring Session

Fall Session

Four to six month full-time commitment

Must be sponsored by their company or organization

Positive Impact on Companies

Provide an alternative leadership development opportunity for your emerging leaders

Develop business connections with public/private sector

Build relationships with WBC Board of Directors

Contribute to vital projects that improve Chicago’s future

For information about applying

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