LEAD Fellows

LEAD Fellowship

10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day.
Are you ready to lead when they leave?

A recent study from Pew Research Center says that 50% more young Americans are in leadership and management than they were a decade ago. Millennials and Gen Z are rising rapidly into the upper ranks of organizations across the country. America’s Future wants to prepare you for your next opportunity in your organizations and communities. 

The LEAD Fellowship helps new and emerging leaders develop practical skills and adopt new mindsets in order to craft a freedom-focused leadership philosophy. This collaborative course will give you the skills and network you need to rise in your career. 

Applications are now open! Apply before the August 25 deadline!

About the LEAD Fellowship:

Over the course of six weeks, participants will develop: 

  • Their leadership philosophy
  • The practical skills (strategic planning, human resources tools, budgeting, and more!) that you need to be an effective leader at any level of an organization and how to get to the next level 
  • The mindsets you can develop that will make you a successful leader
  • A cross-country peer network and mentorship to support your growth

Classes will be held virtually on Thursdays from 1 – 2 p.m. ET. Participants will be assigned mentor groups and will be required to meet outside of class time.

Meet The Instructor!LEAD Fellows

Meredith Turney is the Senior Director of Leadership and Talent Development at State Policy Network, where she helps state-based think tank staff with their personal and professional leadership and building strong, collaborative teams. She specializes in 1:1 leadership coaching, peer group facilitation, talent development, and organization culture.

Meredith is also a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coach Federation and graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. For her undergrad, Meredith graduated from the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. She received her juris doctorate, with cum laude honors, from Oak Brook College of Law. Meredith is a proud Native Texan who lives in Austin with her husband and son.

Speakers for the Fall 2024 cohort will be announced as they are confirmed. Previous speakers have included former Congressman Bob Inglis, Texas CEO Magazine’s Joel Trammell, Talent Market’s Claire Kittle Dixon and State Policy Network’s strategic planning team.

Meet Our 2023 LEAD Fellows! 10


“America’s Future has provided me with so many great opportunities, and this fellowship did not disappoint. It tackled ideas that you don’t necessarily learn in the workforce, including human resources, managing a team, and developing a strong leadership philosophy. I would highly recommend this fellowship to anyone interested in taking their leadership capabilities to the next level.” – Lily Moll, Vice President of Grassroots, American Conservation Coalition (2023 LEAD Fellow)


Meet Our 2023 LEAD Fellows! 6“LEAD gave me confidence that our nation was in good hands, as I learned from different speakers each week with other rising leaders besides me. I recommend this fellowship for anyone who wants to actively shape America’s Future through the organizations and communities around you.” – Franklin Lee, Grants Finance Senior Associate, American Enterprise Institute (2023 LEAD Fellow)



Important Dates – 2024

Fall 2024

  • July 22 – Applications open
  • August 25 – Applications close 
  • September 3-13 – Virtual Interviews
  • September 13 – Notification of Acceptance


Do I have to be an AF National Member to apply? 

No, but it is strongly encouraged. AF National Members receive preferential acceptance into all AF fellowships. Become a member today!

Do I have to be available for all classes to participate?

Yes. Out of respect for all applicants and participants, you must commit to all eight sessions to participate.

Do I have to currently be in a leadership position to apply? 

No! Participants do not have to be in a formal leadership position to be part of the program.

What makes a strong candidate for this program?

Great candidates for this program will demonstrate an interest in leadership, strong critical thinking skills, and intellectual curiosity.

“Together we create our future reality, so we should do so consciously, collaboratively, and responsibly.”

– John Mackey, Conscious Capitalism

Let us help you fulfill your full potential as a leader!

Additional questions should be directed to [email protected].