Fellowship Program

A professional development opportunity for top talent

World Business Chicago’s Fellowship Program offers exclusive, professional development opportunities for mid-level executives to help WBC drive Chicago’s growth.

WBC’s talented Fellows work full-time for four to six months to help guide the development and implementation of initiatives vital to Chicago’s future. Fellows gain leadership opportunities and build lasting relationships within the public and private sectors.

Current & Past 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

Gain understanding of public sector from unique perspective

Build, hone, and strengthen entrepreneurial skills

Implement large-scale, highly visible projects

Gain experience managing high-level teams of stakeholders

Network with the Mayor’s office, civic leaders, and leading Chicago top leaders and CEOs

Become a more civic-minded, industry professional

Connect with prominent city, county, and state government leaders

Build connections via Fellowship Alumni Program

Implement large-scale, highly visible projects

“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 – Senior Associate Advisory, KPMG

Q&A with former WBC Fellow

Program Details

Three classes per year:

Sept. 15, 2016

Jan. 19, 2017

May 4, 2017

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 the Mayor and WBC Board of Directors

Contribute to vital projects that improve Chicago’s future

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