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People of Color Emerging Policy & Advocacy Leaders Series

  • Emerging Policy and Advocacy Leaders Series

Now more than ever, we need leaders who share the background and perspective of those most impacted by inequitable policy and practices in decision-making positions. 

Begin exploring new opportunities in policy and advocacy and build the knowledge and networks needed to propel you into your next career move by joining LEE’s People of Color Emerging Policy and Advocacy Leaders (POC EPALS) program!

You’re invited to join leaders from diverse backgrounds in-person in Washington, D.C. to build the skills necessary to launch a future career in policy & advocacy and deepen your conviction as a leader of color. Together, you will honor your unique identities, embrace your life experiences, and leverage your skills to make an impact for communities most affected by inequity. 


What to Expect

  • An in-person weekend of connection & shared learing
  • Strengths, values, and identity activities  
  • Small group discussion and relationship building time
  • Policy and advocacy landscape analysis
  • LinkedIn branding and personal branding statement work
  • Comprehensive support, coaching, and virtual resources
  • Conversations with senior policy and advocacy leaders
  • Reflection activities focused on your leadership vision and personal next steps


Program Outcomes

  • Grow your confidence and skills to land a role in policy and advocacy in the next year
  • Network and connect with other leaders of color
  • Draw connections between your background and the need for your leadership
  • Explore various pathways and types of policy and advocacy roles
  • Get tangible tools and skills to begin your career transition


Who Should Join

We encourage you to participate if you:

  • Identify as a person of color, Native American, or Indigenous
  • Are committed to pursuing a career and/or exploring your impact in a policy or advocacy role.
  • You are looking to take action to expand your network and skills as you launch your career in policy and advocacy.
  • Want to learn how to overcome internal and external barriers to your personal vision as a leader of color.
  • If you are currently enrolled or have completed a LEE virtual course, such as Policy and Advocacy Careers or Exploring Your Leadership 


2022 In-Person Specifics

  • Registration is free
  • LEE is pleased to cover flights, lodging, and workshop meals for all members who attend
  • The application closed on August 10, 2022.



Your Facilitator 

Shoareged Phillpotts (she/her) will serve as the lead facilitator for POC EPALS this September. She is the Director of Learning, Development, and Inclusion at Leadership for Educational Equity. Shoa is also the co-founder of It Takes A Village Collaborative, which provides individuals, families, and communities with wellness resources, services, and networks to empower them to reach their full potential. She volunteers in the DC area on a variety of racial equity issues serving as a member of several community coalitions. As your facilitator, she’ll enable you to see yourself as the leader our country needs in policy & advocacy.

Questions? Contact LEE Coordinator Kristie Hamilton for details.


2022 Applications are now closed