Longwood Gardens has announced the five talented professionals selected for the prestigious Longwood Gardens Fellows Program, which helps continue Longwood’s influence on the future of public horticulture by nurturing and developing global horticultural leaders. The Fellows Program focuses on building the leadership capacity of global public horticulture by ensuring a healthy pipeline of talent to be the next generation of industry leaders.
After a rigorous selection process, the Fellows chosen are Andrew Bell (Washington, DC), Kaslin Daniels (New York), Neil Gerlowski (Mexico), Patrick MacRae (New York), and Julia Thomé (Washington, DC).
“We are excited to welcome our cohort to the Longwood Gardens Fellows Program,” says Paul B. Redman, President and CEO of Longwood Gardens. “The impressive qualifications of these talented professionals, coupled with their passion for advancing public horticulture and a desire to lead, perfectly positions them to tackle the challenging and enriching opportunities awaiting them in the Fellows Program and in their future leadership roles.”
The Longwood Gardens Fellows Program focuses on grounding Fellows in leadership theory and practice through an immersive, flexible, and concentrated program that draws on the experience and knowledge of multiple public horticultural organizations and academic thought leaders. The 13-month residential, tuition-free program honors the legacy of Longwood’s founder by continuing its mission to educate and inspire.
The five Fellows were selected based on their commitment to professional excellence, deep intellectual curiosity, and interest in serving in a leadership capacity within the public horticulture industry, while representing diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
“We reviewed submissions from leading global professionals,” says Dr. Tamara Fleming, Director of the Longwood Gardens Fellows Program. “This year’s Fellows represent a remarkable range of institutions and organizations, and all share a determination to bring new perspectives to their future roles in the public horticulture sector.”
The Longwood Gardens Fellows Program received more than 200 online application submissions; of those, 10 were chosen for in-person, two-day interviews at Longwood Gardens. The final selections were made by a panel of seven jurors that included executives of prominent public gardens from the U.S. and the UK.
During the 13-month, cohort-based residency at Longwood, Fellows delve into topical issues relevant to public horticulture today such as leadership, board relations and governance, communication skills, change management, innovation, and HR/talent management. A two-month international field placement provides a deeper understanding of these issues, equipping Fellows to lead organizations into a vibrant and sustainable future. Alumni of the Fellows Program join the prestigious Society of Fellows, a global network of public garden professionals.
For more detailed information on each of the Fellows, go to LongwoodGardens.org/education/longwood-fellows-program/meet-fellows.
Nominations and applications for the 2018 cohort will open September 1, 2017.