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Call for Session Ideas & Registration is open for The Impact Fellowships Summit, a forum for leaders & managers of fellowship programs

Impact Fellowships Summit

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The Impact Fellowships Summit is a forum for leaders and managers of fellowship programs. The summit facilitates learning, sharing, and networking to support leaders and drive positive change in communities.

The next summit will be a two-day event in the spring of 2019 in Washington, DC. The theme will be Dynamic Leadership for a Changing World.

The 2019 Impact Fellowships Summit

The summit will have three technical tracks:

  • Connections Matter: Fostering community and networks among fellows during and after programming, and within and across fellowship programs
  • The Diversity Dividend: Building programs and strengthening leaders to promote equity and inclusivity
  • Answering the “So What?”: Adapting and modeling a learning mindset within programs for greater effectiveness and impact

More about the technical tracks »

Participants and facilitators will learn from each other, share tools and ideas, and build a community of fellowship program innovators.

Attend the Summit

Register to attend the 2019 Impact Fellowships Summit, which will be hosted at the Eaton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on April 25-26, 2019  or submit an idea for a session that you would like to design:

How to Attend

About the Organizers

The Impact Fellowships Summit was founded in 2016 by Atlas Corps, ProInspire, and Public Allies. Building on the founding organizations’ great work, IREX took on the convening role for the IFS in 2018. We are grateful to the IFS Steering Committee for their invaluable guidance and support.

IREX has managed fellowship programs with participants from more than 100 countries and promoted leadership development for nearly 50 years. We look forward to leveraging this experience while maintaining the summit’s spirit of collaboration, flexibility, and learning.

Our values

We are committed to building on the summit’s foundation and fostering an environment grounded in four key values:

  • Inclusivity: We will promote diversity and inclusivity through summit outreach, session design and selection, and accessible spaces and content for all attendees, including persons with disabilities.
  • Community-driven: We will ensure that the structure and design of the summit reflect the priorities of attendees, that the majority of individual sessions are proposed and led by attendees, and that we collect feedback from attendees throughout the summit to ensure we are on the right track and can iterate as needed.
  • Creativity: We will support proposal ideas that encourage creative thinking and innovation. We will foster an interactive and collaborative space at the summit that challenges all of us to think outside the box, challenge assumptions, and take risks.
  • Outcome-focused: We will create opportunities for attendees to identify tangible solutions, try out relevant methodologies and tools, and connect with potential collaborators.

Join us for the next Impact Fellowships Summit in the spring of 2019 in Washington, DC.

The summit will feature the theme Dynamic Leadership for a Changing World.


Registration for the summit will open in the fall of 2018. In the meantime, we are accepting proposals for sessions.

Submit a Proposal for a Session

Do you have an idea for a session that you would like to organize?

To submit an idea, click one of the buttons below and fill out the form that appears. The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended till November 30, 2018 

Sessions should relate to at least one of the three technical tracks. They can be breakout sessions, workshops, lightning talks, marketplace booths, community building activities, or another type of session.


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