The Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program
September 2020 – May 2021

The Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program honors the remarkable work and spirit of Susan Vogt, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Wellesley College from 2000 to 2003. The Fellowship carries on her legacy by connecting, developing, and supporting emerging leaders within the schools of The Boston Consortium. The Fellowship seeks to increase awareness of the Consortium's values and activities at the grassroots level, connect and engage practitioners in meaningful projects, and foster collaboration and camaraderie in the next generation of leaders.

Program Benefits

Vogt Fellows will have excellent opportunities for development and networking. They will be able to develop their leadership and reflection skills through self-assessment and a change project. Fellows initiate this year-long project to give them an opportunity to apply their leadership learning to a real problem within their organizations. Along the way, they will build a peer-advising and coaching network that can last well beyond the Fellowship year. Fellows will develop personal learning plans to guide them and will engage with their Fellowship sponsors who will support them in accomplishing their goals. To further their development, each Fellow has the opportunity to be paired with a leadership coach or mentor from within the Vogt alumni network.

Colleges and universities will enjoy numerous benefits from their participation in the Vogt Leadership Fellows Program, including the ability to:
  • foster employee capacity to lead effective and meaningful local change
  • initiate an important change project at their school
  • retain and reinvigorate highly valued employees
  • improve collaboration among individuals in their own school participating in Consortium activities
  • develop stronger connections among the Consortium schools
  • enhance the value of membership in the Consortium

Fellowship Agenda

If selected for the Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program, each Fellow will:
  • participate in the twelve session - including Orientation and Convocation - Consortium Leaderful Series - taught by Northeastern University Professor Emeritus Joe Raelin, and facilitators Mark Braun and Jennifer Thomas-Starck.
  • initiate a change project
  • contribute to a "network of agitators for the good" within and across member schools
  • convene, connect, and coordinate Consortium participants within their own school following the extraordinary example set by Susan Vogt at Wellesley College
To support this agenda, Fellows will:
  • meet with other Fellows as a learning team throughout the year
  • develop a personal learning plan customized to their goals and project
  • enlist a sponsor from their institution
  • have access to higher education leaders in a variety of functions, such as CFO, VP of Human Resources, and CIO

Change Project Guidelines

The Change Project is a central component to each Fellow's learning.

  • The proposed change project needs to be significant and challenging enough that it will extend for the duration of the Fellowship, providing the fellow with the opportunities to apply new knowledge and skills acquired during the sessions and learning teams
  • Have strategic value in the sense of having impact on the direction of the sponsoring unit and, subsequently, systemically across the entire organization

Additional options:

  1. The change project can be linked to a planned or ongoing change effort or initiative
  2. Projects may involve fellows in endeavors outside their own department and often require the support and commitment of other colleagues and managers

Role of the Fellowship Sponsor

The sponsor may be an immediate supervisor or someone else in the organization who is a senior stakeholder in the fellow's change project.


  • Role model the need for learning as well as expectations for a successful change project
    • Encourage the Vogt fellow to use his/her new learning in situations back on the job
    • Establish success criteria that are both a) task-oriented and b) learning-oriented
    • Examples:

    1. The change project's cross-campus shared function should save x dollars due to synergies in distribution;
    2. Fellow has shown demonstrated improvement in handling conflict in her unit and in being more responsive to feedback from her staff

    • After the initiative, help create opportunities for the fellow to continue developing skills

    Create an open, supportive, and challenging environment for the initiative

    • Be willing to have his/her own assumptions about the organization, the culture, and the change project challenged
    • Treat mistakes by the fellow as opportunities for the fellow to learn

    Lend support in the form of resources and commitment

    • Explicitly ask what the fellow needs
    • Encourage the fellow to accept responsibility
    • Ensure that the fellow's manager supports the time commitment

Vogt Fellow Candidates

All member schools are encouraged to participate in the Fellowship. Each Consortium school may sponsor one Fellow with an opportunity to send additional fellows if space is available. Additional Fellows will be considered by receipt of their application. Sponsoring institutions pledge to support their candidate’s full participation in the yearlong program by providing release time (approximately two days per month) and normal salary. The institution will also pay a tuition fee of $2395 per Fellow.

Candidates should demonstrate a deep commitment to higher education, their institution, and The Boston Consortium. They should have a strong interest in their personal and professional development and in the development of others. Candidates should be capable of guiding transformative change within their institution.

To learn if your school is participating in the program and their nomination process contact your Human Resources office. Application deadline: June 5, 2020.

Click here to see a list of the previous years' Vogt Fellows

Important Dates

June 5, 2020 Application Deadline

July 15, 2020

Acceptance Notifications Emailed to Fellows and Sponsors
September 4, 2020 $2,395 Tuition Due

The Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program September 2020 - May 2021

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule

Orientation Day

Location: The Wellesley College Club

Time: 9:00AM – 5:30PM

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Please note that attendance at
orientation is mandatory for
participation in the Vogt Fellows
Regular Meetings

Tentative Location: Northeastern University, Barletta Hall
370 Common Street
Dedham, MA 02026

Time: 7:30 – 10:30 AM
Continental breakfast will be available

Dates: Wednesday


September 30
October 21
November 18
December 9
January 13
February 3
February 24
March 17
April 7
April 28
Convocation Day

Tentative Location: Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center
Wellesley College

Time: 9:00AM – 7:00PM

Date: Monday, May 10, 2021

Application & Statement of Purpose
The Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program
September 2020 - May 2021

View Application.

Submit the completed Application and Statement of Purpose to your Human Resources Department no later than June 5, 2020.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact your Human Resources Department. If you have any questions about the Fellows Program, please contact Jessica Smith (; 339-225-3824)