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Omidyar Fellows

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawai'i Leadership Forum announced today the 13 Fellows selected to participate in the inaugural class of the Omidyar Fellows program. Launched in May 2012, the Omidyar Fellows program was developed to inspire and equip emerging leaders with the skills needed to affect positive, lasting change in Hawai'i.

"Omidyar Fellows is a long-term investment in our shared future. We are eager to work with the 2012 class, exploring new ideas and thinking that may benefit Hawai'i," said Pierre Omidyar, founder, Omidyar Fellows. "Hawai'i's next generation of leaders will inherit huge challenges - some of them recent developments, some passed down from their predecessors. Effective leaders must address existing challenges and at the same time, create proactive measures that move Hawai'i forward - all while operating in an increasingly fast-paced and transparent world."

More than 150 candidates completed a rigorous application process for the Omidyar Fellows inaugural class, representing a wide range of sectors including government, nonprofit, business, and labor unions. The class was designed to be representative of these sectors.

Given the strength of the applicant pool and the active support of sponsors and references involved in the application process, the Hawai'i Leadership Forum will also be creating opportunities for others, beyond the Fellows, to participate in local leadership activities. Details on upcoming programs and events will be posted this fall HERE!

Fellows were selected based on years of experience in both professional and community settings. The diversity of experiences in geography, culture and business sector will provide a rich mix of perspectives in the cohort setting. Candidates with 10-15 years of experience and a clear trajectory of increasing responsibilities toward leadership were more successful in the review and selection process. Final interviews by the selection panel occurred over the course of two days. The selection committee was comprised of the five board members of Hawai'i Leadership Forum: Richard Gushman II, Michael Mohr, Pierre Omidyar, Jennifer Goto Sabas and Kelvin Taketa.

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