FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS
“I have always thought of the company as being about more than the clothes. Creating meaningful impact in the world is at the heart of it.” - Eileen
Discover the unique ways you can make a difference while deepening your understanding of your leadership style during LEADING WITH IMPACT. Explore a meaningful impact area while tapping into your passions and developing techniques for mindful action for your life’s journey. Through engaging workshops, EILEEN FISHER Leadership Practices, field trips and visiting leaders, connect with your peers, create lasting bonds and develop leadership skills while learning how to be a force for good in your community.
Each day will start with a movement practice before breakfast. Throughout the morning, engage in EF Leadership Practices before a delicious EFLI-style lunch prepared by our personal chef. The afternoons are all about your elective impact area. By splitting into small groups, receive a personalized experience led by facilitators accomplished in their fields. Facilitators have designed the electives around workshops, visiting leaders and field trips that will spark and enliven possibilities for you to develop your own pathways and projects for implementation moving forward.
EXPLORE 2017 IMPACT AREAS
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CULTIVATING THE ENVIRONMENT
“Everyone needs to understand that the little choices they make matter.” - Eileen
EILEEN FISHER Inc. has re-defined consciousness in the fashion industry. Recently recognized in Conscious Company magazine for the intentional creation of a timeless brand, Eileen Fisher knows what it takes to make a conscious choice. Every decision creates an opportunity for learning, sustainable growth, or a step toward personal versions of success. At EFLI, we see that every day we’re making choices- what classes to take, what clothes to wear, what career path to follow. How do you choose? We know choosing is hard and that your choices matter. Join us in exploring how to make decisions, learn to recognize new opportunities, and gain confidence to take your next steps.
“Of course, there are always pitfalls and struggles, but if we just keep on our path, keep moving in the right direction, every so often the ordinary steps we take turn into something that feels like a leap. That's how we're going to change the world, little by little… My 30-year plan is for us to be a powerful force for change in the world." - Eileen
In addition to using the ways of doing business as a movement, in 2016, EILEEN FISHER and the Eileen Fisher Foundation made approximately $2 million in contributions to amplify social movements that the employees, Eileen, and the customers care about. As the company models immense support for positive social change, this impact area invites you to amplify your voice around the issues you care about.
As we’ve seen a rise of hatred, rage and violence across the country and the world, at EFLI, we’ve heard the call for social change - the call to show up for what we care about. Together we learn from and cultivate movements that encourage dialogue, empathy, compassion and collective action. We believe each of us has the power to take part in and create meaningful movements around the world. Join together with your peers to build tools and skills to create change. With daily in-depth workshops and visiting leaders, gain hands-on experience in compassionate movement building.
CULTIVATING THE ENVIRONMENT
“We don't want sustainability to be our edge, we want it to be universal." - Eileen
The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, second only to oil. With an inspiring Vision for 2020, EILEEN FISHER is going beyond the trends of the industry and is innovatively discovering more ways to make a positive impact on the planet. By looking at the process of dying the clothes, sourcing the materials and addressing textile waste, the company is reflecting on it’s own role in the pollution of our environment and how it can role model sustainable ways to create clothing.
At EFLI, we see this possibility in our own lives as well. By 2050, our economy is projected to consume three planets' worth of resources annually. Whether looking at the impacts of the clothing we wear, the food we eat, the length of our showers or the means of our transportation, our generation can make tangible shifts to support the planet. What are the innovative ways we are already making sustainable impacts and how can we cultivate the environment we want? Join EFLI in exploring our personal and collective impacts on the planet and to develop concrete ways to make a difference. Through hands-on workshops and visiting leaders, learn more about the resources we use, connect with the natural environment, and change the way we value the earth.
“I believe that self-exploration holds the key to unlock great possibilities, both for individual growth and connection with others. In my own life, I've found that the more I engage in this work, the more strength I have to voice what matters most to me and to create a positive impact. I want more women and girls to have access to new ways of learning about themselves—what lights them up and what enlivens all of us." - Eileen
Eileen Fisher started her company to give women, and herself, the feeling of comfort and confidence in their bodies. Women all over the world have told Eileen, “these clothes have changed my life.” At EFLI, the WOMEN RISING impact area is dedicated to supporting young women as they voice what matters to them and learn tools for collaboration to rise together. We ask: What is it like to be a young woman in our local communities and around the world? Through this elective we invite young women to share their experiences and explore issues that impact women and girls across the globe. Through engaging hands-on activities, young women will build solidarity and create lasting bonds. Find out more about your voice and your power — within a community of women.
LEADING WITH IMPACT is open to:
- Young people currently in grades 9 - 11
- Applicants who can commit to attend all days of the program
- Participants with all levels of leadership experience welcome (no prior leadership experience necessary)
- Conscious Choices, Compassionate Movements, and Cultivating the Environment electives are open to both young men and young women currently in grades 9-11
- Women Rising elective is open to young women currently in grades 9 - 11
- July 31 - August 11, includes retreats or field trips August 5 - 6
- Fees are heavily subsidized for all participants by the Eileen Fisher Community Foundation. Actual costs of running the program are $2,200 per participant. Please consider a donation to the Eileen Fisher Community Foundation.
- Fee includes breakfast and lunch for all program days and all meals on retreat days
- All participants receive an EFLI certificate of completion at the close of the program
An inability to pay should not be a deterrent for interested and committed candidates. Financial aid and/or payment plan options are available.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, following the deadlines outlined below. Applicants will be contacted for interviews within two weeks of the nearest application deadline. Accepted participants are expected to attend all program days, as well as retreats, field trips and a closing ceremony on the final day of the program. We encourage interested applicants to submit applications early to have a higher probability of acceptance into programs.
- February 12, 2017
- March 12, 2017
- April 9, 2017
- May 7, 2017
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