Next application period opens May 15, 2022

Are you feeling a call to the next stage of your growth as a leader? An insistent pull to ask honest questions that get to the heart of who you are now, what your deeper purpose is, and how you can make a greater contribution to social change in the world?

Platform Impact is an engaging one-year fellowship for 12 mid-career high-potential, nonprofit and social change leaders of color. A guided space where you do the hard inner work to articulate the truth of your emerging vision, alongside other leaders who will hold you, inspire you, and listen deeply to you.


As a participant within a vibrant yet reflective environment, you will:


  • Discern and clarify the contribution you want to make in the world

  • Reflect on the contributions your personal stories bring to your leadership experience

  • Identify your unique leadership platform

  • Develop a living impact plan, one true to your authentic leadership, beliefs and convictions, and areas of influence

  • Apply practices that model and sustain your authentic leadership and create cultures of inclusion, trust, and respect

  • Identify how you support the next generation of leaders

  • Thrive in an intimate network of support and respect


The space we will inhabit together is where inward searching and transformation guides outward vision and action. Platform Impact draws on practices from contemplative traditions along with transformative tools for organizational and personal growth.


The program cost per person is $11,000. The participant’s portion of this fee is $3,000. Partial scholarships are available. We are very fortunate to have the Angell Foundation underwrite most of the difference between the program’s costs and the fee charged to participants. And we appreciate the support of our fiscal sponsor, Commonweal.


Program costs include all lodging, food, and program material expenses.


Participants are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the retreat venues.


Applications open soon!



Alex Dorsey is the program founder, a leadership facilitator, and an executive coach serving leaders making a positive change in the world. She brings more than 20 years of experience as a nonprofit leader, organizational consultant, and manager of high-profile community revitalization and infrastructure projects. Trained by the Center for Courage & Renewal, the Urban Land Institute at Georgetown University, among others, Alex has been a guest speaker at the University of Southern California, Portland State University, and RAND Corporation among others.

Hyeon-Ju Rho is a leadership coach who supports mission-inspired people to make their most meaningful contribution in the world. She believes that our individual journeys to wholeness are essential ground for social change. Prior to starting her coaching practice, Hyeon-Ju led social justice nonprofits in San Francisco and Beijing. She started her career as a public-interest lawyer challenging discrimination and structural poverty. Hyeon-Ju holds a J.D. from New York University Law School and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

The program includes four in-person retreats:

  • September 2022

  • January 2023

  • April 2023

  • July 2023


Retreats are held at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead, CA and the Lake Arrowhead Resort.

  Monthly Leadership Calls  

 Between retreats, participants will join monthly 2-hour facilitated leadership peer support calls.


“As a leader I never realized how lonely the path is in today’s society until this retreat came along and a group of incredible leaders, in all walks of pursuing good, were able to share their trauma, their experiences, their needs and their dreams.  It was facilitated in an environment of such immense trust that the hard work to further these leaders happened. 


I’m just so proud to be a part of the inaugural class and could not recommend this fellowship more.”