Emboldening Young Professionals to Become Strong Moral Leaders

The NXT-GEN Fellowship for Moral Leadership is The HOW Institute’s flagship program designed to help emerging leaders in business, government, and civil society define their own moral code, sense of purpose, and personal leadership skills – helping elevate their behavior, and empowering them to make through their work systems-level impact that benefits society.

What’s HOW?

The Fellowship is built on the four pillars of moral leadership articulated by the Institute’s founding Chairman, Dov Seidman. As outlined in Dov’s book, HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything, the framework draws on lessons from law and moral philosophy to identify the key traits of a moral leader. These four traits – Purpose, Inspiration, Patience, and Reflection – are essential tools that any moral leader can use to guide their actions in a way that helps advance humanity.



Program Structure

The NXT-GEN Fellowship uses these four traits to explore critical and timely issues that future leaders will likely have to grapple with as they rise to positions for formal authority during their careers. Issues related to race, gender, and the dynamics of power will be explored through:

  • thoughtfully-curated individual and group exercises
  • provocative case studies
  • guided self-reflection,
  • interactive panel discussions

Each activity will contribute to the development and refinement of each Fellow’s own sense of context-based moral leadership, and their comfort using it every day.

2018 Highlights

During our last program, Fellows had the opportunity to learn from and interact with these great leaders making social impact through their personal and professional efforts

Michael Posner
Director of The Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern, and Former Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Jacqueline Novogratz
Founder, Acumen

Admiral James Stavridis
Former Dean, Tufts Fletcher School; United States Navy (Ret.)

Gautam Mukunda
Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

Participating Organizations

Mastercard, Unilever, Greyston Bakery, The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, The World Economic Forum Global Shapers, Global Health Corps, and the Associated Press, among others.

Become a Fellow

In its second year, the NXT-GEN Fellowship will invite 100 young professionals to participate in a program spanning three months that includes a multi-day retreat, two day-long workshops, a self-guided practicum project, compelling guest speakers, and opportunities for reflection and celebration with some of the most inspiring leaders in the world.

The Spring 2019 program will run in New York City from May through June (dates and locations to be confirmed). Applications open March 1 and close March 15. Cost per participant is $4,000 USD for our for-profit partners; we are proud to offer a 50% discounted rate for non-profit organizations.

About The HOW Institute for Society

HOW Institute for Society seeks to build and nurture a culture of moral leadership and principled decision-making that enables individuals and institutions to meet the profound social, economic, and technological changes of the 21st Century.

Envisioning a society where truth, trust, and responsibility guide our actions and our interactions, the Institute designs and implements education programs for established and emerging leaders, creates innovative models and metrics for measuring the impact of values-based behavior, and produces campaigns, research, and convenings that place a commitment to humanity at the core of all our endeavors.