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Build. Grow. Lead.


The program has three main components:

The Lab

Ten month program focused on leadership incubation for our community

The Library

Set of leadership resources available to all Lab participants and alumni

The League

Network of 200+ local leaders who have participated in the program and remain committed to the success of our region and each other



If you have questions about the program, email Jenny Yang: [email protected]

Leadership Lab

About the Leadership Lab Program

DeRondal Bevly, Mentor   |   Cathy Yen, Mentor

Through the Lab, you will curate your own leadership journey with a series of in-person and virtual classes, a
ten-month program that offers personal/professional coaching, skills development and a curriculum based on the most urgent needs of our diverse West Cook community.

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation’s Leadership Lab Program celebrates and supports the diverse set of people and skills required to make lasting change in our community. As part of the program, you commit to an ongoing journey of community leadership, identifying core issues while setting personal goals for growth and engagement. 

We will provide you with a set of core leadership competencies that belong in a community leader’s toolkit. Working with our coaching team, you will identify areas for your own professional growth, learn about opportunities for local involvement; and create your personal action plan to become the leader you know you can be.

Fellows Leave With:

  • Curated leadership action plan
  • Leadership skills
  • Membership in the Leadership League
  • Toolkit to address systemic issues
  • Better understanding of regional western Cook County issues
  • View of critical issues through a community lens
  • Access to Leadership Library
  • Certificate of completion
  • Capstone Conference and Graduation Event

Program Details

  • Program runs September 2023 - June 2024
  • Meetings once a month on Fridays: 9am-12pm
  • Expected time commitment 8-10 hrs per month
  • Self-directed sessions offered throughout the month, including a mix of in-person and virtual workshops
  • Member activities including ”Member Exchanges," Book Club, Movie Night, Podcasts and more…

View the 2023-2024 Program Schedule

Tuition Information and Payments

Leadership Lab tuition is $2,000, of which $200 is tax-deductible. We encourage your employer’s sponsorship. For individuals seeking financial assistance, partial funding is available. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for details. Refunds are not available once session has begun for any missed classes or cancellations.

Click here for ONLINE PAYMENTS

Or, mail checks to:

OPRF Community Foundation

1049 Lake Street, Suite 204

Oak Park, IL 60301

Memo: Leadership Lab Tuition

Credit cards are accepted over the phone.

Contact Cathy Craddock, Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation: 708-848-1560

2023-2024 Cohort

We're proud of the diverse and talented group of community leaders taking part in this year's program.

Katie Avalos, Administrative Secretary, Community of Congregations; Member, D90 Board of Education

David Bonner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Laura Brookes, Associate Director of Contracts and Partnerships, Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township

Dominique Bryant, Project Specialist, Blue Cross Shield of IL; Founder/Executive Director, Dream Academy Foundation; Board Member/Treasurer, Four Point Play; CEO, Love on Purpose Now

Kosha Carstens, Area Manager, Castle Biosciences; Board Member, River Forest Public Library

Laura Crawford, Associate Director, Collaboration for Early Childhood

Monique Cotton-Yancy, Benefits Analyst, Transdev, Inc.; Vice President, D91 Board of Education

Chelsea Dare, Coordinated Entry Assessor, Housing Forward

Chibuike Enyia, Village Trustee, Village of Oak Park; Manager of Community Engagement, Oak Park Public Library

Kenya S. Hawkins, Real Estate Broker, Coldwell Banker Oak Park

Cornick Harris, Mentor, YEMBA, Inc. 

Brianne (Bri) Kellogg, Nutrition Education Coordinator & Dietitian, Beyond Hunger

Eileen Olivier, Board Member, 209 Scholarship; Community Advocate; Realtor

Anne Peterson, Manager, RUSH Oak Park Hospital

Kim Fideler Robinson, Pro Bono Attorney, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services; Board President, Oak Park Art League 

Abby Sacks, Aquatic & Rink Program Supervisor, Park District of Oak Park

Remington Sheehan, Senior Program Officer, Three Pillars Initiative

Tamekia Swint, Executive Director, Styles 4 Kidz NFP

Matt Walsh, Village Administrator, Village of River Forest


1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301


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On Mondays and Fridays, staff may be working remotely. Please make an appointment in advance or call ahead to verify that someone is available to receive you.

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