Though leaders cannot self-nominate, nominations can come from anyone who knows the individual well. Nominees must:
- Be a South Carolina resident.
- Be between the ages of 30 and 47.
- Be Intellectually curious and open to ideas.
- Be an accomplished leader with a history of significant community engagement.
- Be at an “inflection point,” willing to reflect deeply on their leadership role in society.
- Be willing to challenge existing normative behaviors with actionable ideas to create positive change.
- Have a breadth of experience and level of maturity that will enable them to contribute effectively to the seminar experience by listening to and learning from their peers.
Liberty Fellowship expects and encourages Fellows to challenge one another’s ideas respectfully in conjunction with its commitment toward engaging a multitude of perspectives. However, the Fellowship will not accept nominees who express hate or intolerance toward others based on their particular ideas or identities.
For more information about the nomination and selection process, visit libertyfellowshipsc.org/nominate.
If selected for a Liberty Fellowship Class, the nominee must complete two requirements to become a Fellow: a series of five seminars and an individual impact venture.
The seminar series includes five, multi-day seminars over 18 months with a Class of 18 to 21 individuals. Four of the seminars are in South Carolina, and one seminar is in the United States or abroad. Participants explore readings by some of the world’s greatest thinkers — from classical Greeks to modern business leaders. Moderators certified by the Aspen Institute facilitate each seminar toward confidential, candid, and animated discourse. They reflect on decisions, values, and hopes. They explore one another’s perspectives and worldviews, and they emerge with strengthened personal and professional leadership.
The individual impact venture is identified during the 18-month seminar series and is underway by the completion of the last seminar. Each individual begins the venture with support from the Fellowship network and Mentors.
Upon successful completion of the two requirements, Liberty Fellows join the statewide network of 330 leaders working individually and collectively to confront some of the most difficult challenges in South Carolina. Liberty Fellows also become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network – a community of 3,000 entrepreneurial leaders in 60 countries from business, government, and the nonprofit sector.
The initial 18-month experience is just the beginning,” said Stieritz. “Liberty Fellowship and the Aspen Global Leadership Network provide ongoing opportunities for Fellows to connect, engage, and work together.”