#LeadTheSurge 7.14.15

Chicago education leaders celebrated the kickoff of the 2016 Surge Fellowship application process with an evening of energy and inspiration at #LeadTheSurge 7.14.15. The event was a refuge from a season of turmoil in local education; attendees left with an understanding of how the Surge Fellowship cultivates leaders in order to transform education in Chicago.





CHICAGO – Tomorrow, July 14, 2015, The Surge Institute is hosting #LeadTheSurge 7.14.15 an after-work reception for leaders and supporters of high-quality education options for Chicago’s youth. The event, from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Nellcôte in Chicago’s West Loop, will showcase the early impact of the Institute’s signature program, the Surge Fellowship – and invite leaders of color within education to apply for the 2015/2016 Fellowship.

Surge Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Carmita Semaan in response to a dearth of diverse leaders at the decision-making tables within education: The lack of a critical mass of diverse leaders in positions of influence often results in stalemates and substandard outcomes for Chicago children. The Surge Fellowship program prepares, connects and supports high-capacity African-American and Latino leaders across organizations in order to dramatically improve education options and outcomes for low-income children and transform the education landscape in the process.

“Our hope is that this inspiring event will attract a broad spectrum of high-performing education leaders curious about or interested in applying for the 2015/2016 Fellowship. The diversity of the Surge Fellowship cohorts adds to the richness and impact of the program because together fellows learn how to more effectively lead, negotiate and influence in order to achieve desired outcomes that impact Chicago children and our communities.” says Surge founder and President Carmita Semaan. The fellowship’s inaugural cohort admitted in April of this year is comprised of African American and Latino leaders from the Chicago Public Schools, high-performing charter schools and charter networks, non-profit advocacy agencies, higher education and justice reform.

The Surge Fellowship welcomes a unique population of leaders; men and women with backgrounds and experiences similar to those of Chicago’s most underserved children. “Surge Fellowship prepares and supports new leaders that come FROM minority and underserved communities and return TO these communities, which provides significantly higher levels of authenticity. This will accelerate impact and unlock opportunities: opportunities that lead to jobs, home ownership and positive economic impact where it matters most,” opines Surge board member Nneka Rimmer, SVP Corporate Strategy and Development for McCormick & Company.

#LeadTheSurge 7.14.15 commemorates the three week 2015/2016 fellowship application period, which opened on July 6, 2015 and ends on August 1, 2015 when all applications are due. The evening will feature insights shared by current Surge Fellows, networking with Chicago education powerbrokers and thought-leaders, as well as hosted wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres.

#LeadTheSurge 7.14.15 at Nellcôte, 833 West Randolph, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, RSVP Required

About the Surge Fellowship

The Surge Fellowship develops high-potential talent within education to create the pipeline of influential education leaders of color. This network transforms status quo systems and approaches in education by sharing ownership of the change efforts, engaging communities in defining and working toward success, serving as role models for young people to pursue roles with influence and risk, and accessing financial capital and power brokers to develop new solutions. Contact info@surginstitute.org or (312) 768-8139 for more information.