Program Format

Expect the unexpected

Unlike other community leadership programs in Indiana, the Fellows Program is dedicated to developing leadership in high-potential, experienced leaders. The program focuses on you and your performance, helping you gain new skills and leadership competencies you can use to make your organization stronger and more successful.

Get ready to explore all facets of leadership

In the Fellows Program, you’ll:

  • Confront leadership dilemmas in a range of environments that are very different from your own
  • Be motivated to look deep within yourself on issues critical to good leadership
  • Interact with leaders and leadership scholars both during and after the program
  • Take part in shared experiences that will strengthen your understanding of leadership in context

Build your network

You’ll have time to get to know the other fellows well when you share stories and journals of your leadership experiences. You’ll meet and interact with outstanding leaders and experts in the field of leadership. You’ll be invited to Tobias Leadership Center events and lectures. And you’ll work with our faculty fellows—a core group of IU faculty who do research, teach classes, and conduct workshops related to leadership.

Explore leadership in a variety of environments

Although the Fellows Program is based in Indianapolis, you’ll travel across the state and beyond to discover how leadership elements vary in military, religious, sports, entertainment, government, education, and business environments.

Past venues include:

  • Camp Atterbury
  • Fort Knox
  • St. Meinrad monastery
  • Professional sports facilities
  • Indianapolis Opera
  • City and state government facilities
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Indiana University
  • FedEx
  • United States Military Academy at West Point

Your commitment

Tobias Fellows meet monthly for 10 months. Unless otherwise specified, sessions begin on Thursday evenings with dinner and an evening program and conclude around 3 p.m. on Friday afternoons. Many activities are held in Indianapolis, but some sessions take place in other locations.

As a Tobias Fellow, you’re expected to be present at all meetings. You’ll also have homework to do between class sessions.

Class dates

Future dates are tentative and may be subject to change. There are no classes in July or August.

  • January 23-24
  • February 20-21
  • March 13 (Friday only)
  • April 16-17
  • May 15 (Friday only)
  • June 11-12
  • September 10-11
  • October 15-16
  • November 12-13
  • December 10-11


If you have questions or would like additional information about the Fellows Program, please contact us.

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