SELF: Senior Executive Leader Fellowship
What’s Next for Your Time, Energy, and Capital

Cohort III applications will open in early 2023  

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Community. Clarity. Accelerating Access.

After years of securing credentials, earning validation, and advancing wisely, you have arrived. You have the title, the financial security, and—most importantly—the freedom to craft “what’s next” in a way that is meaningful, rewarding, and authentic to the type of leader you want to be.

MLT’s Senior Executive Leader Fellowship (SELF) is a 12-month experience that provides high-impact, senior executives a comprehensive suite of support when they need it most. The experience includes specialized career agents, a peer community of MLT executives, executive coaching with leaders of color, and cohort workshops.

Addressing the Needs of MLT Executives

SELF will help you maximize your energy, talent, and wealth toward pursuing outcomes of impact and resonance to you—it is devoted to the understanding, pursuit, and attainment of your needs at the executive level.

  • Clarity: Our executive coaches and facilitators take a holistic approach to your career and life needs, inclusive of assessments, envisioning,
    and road-mapping.
  • Access: Our MLT staff provide individualized and responsive support via strategic connections, fireside chats, small groups, and day-to-day career guidance.
  • Attainment: Our specialized agents will inform and accelerate your ability to bolster your wealth profile, for-profit board opportunities, executive presence, brand of expertise, role or capital network access, or social impact.

SELF elevates and accelerates your interests as an MLT executive.


The SELF application is open to MLT executives with senior leadership experience or comparable scope of responsibility. You must be an MLT alum to apply and at least two years removed from the last MLT program you completed.

  • C-level corporate experience (particularly CEO, CIO, CFO, CTO, CMO, COO, GC, and CPO positions);
  • VP/SVP/EVPs 1-3 levels removed from CEO in public companies, or at private companies that have scale;
  • Founders/Managing Partners/Directors of LLPs, LLCs, or mutual funds with annual revenues of $5M or higher; or;
  • High-ranking military/government leaders or national and/or statewide elected or appointed officials


Gaining clarity for your personal mission and vision as a leader is the fundamental question that executives of impact ask themselves. And even then, most fall short on roadmapping and executing on that vision. With its apropos acronym, SELF is about personal discovery and attainment of your full potential at the executive level. The fellowship will include:

Customized assessments with a comprehensive lens on the professional and personal considerations that will shape your next pivotal moves

Monthly, one-on-one engagements with executive coaches of color who are trained to work with C-suite individuals of color

Two dedicated Accelerating Agents to help actualize your action plan (ex. wealth and tax optimization, board and c-suite access, online presence, etc.)

Intensive, multi-day workshops, content, and speakers to help shape your vision and develop your roadmap

Executive-led small groups and fireside chats that are curated to align with leader visions and experiences

A cohort of senior leaders representing various career pathways and executive experiences with one commonality: all are senior MLT alumni.


MLT, private donors, and partnering organizations are underwriting a significant cost of the SELF components.

Fellows are expected to pay $7,500, payable upon acceptance into the fellowship—either in one upfront payment or two installments.

Please note, if you or your organization would like to make an additional donation, you will help MLT subsidize the costs for other MLT Fellows.

Program Timeline
  • Application Open: Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022
  • Application Close: Sunday, May 1, 2022
  • Selection Notice: End of Jun. 2022
  • Payment & Assessments Completed: Aug. 1, 2022
  • SELF Welcome Week: Oct. 12-16, 2022
  • Executive Coaching: Nov. 2022 – Jun. 2023
  • Career Agent: Nov. 2022 – Sept. 2023
  • Cohort Development: Mar. 2023 and Jun. 2023
  • Small Groups: Mar – Sept 2023
Meet the Fellowship Directors

Shanna Kennedy, Associate Director of SELF

Shanna Kennedy steers the program execution, management, and growth for the SELF program.

Shanna graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, and later earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Management. As a life-long learner, Shanna has also expanded her educational credentials with a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Waldorf University and Women in Leadership from Emory University.

Shanna resides in Greenville, SC, where she is actively involved in her community, exposing minority high school students to higher education, especially to HBCUs. Shanna is a member of various local organizations and has spearheaded several local initiatives to empower minority women through productive networking, collaboration, mentorship, and professional growth.


Desirée Stolar, Managing Director of Alumni Engagement and Strategy

Desirée Stolar steers digital engagement, career acceleration programming, communications, personal development, and special projects to serve 9,000+ MLT alums. She designed and launched the SELF program in 2021 for MLT’s senior executive alums.

Desirée was the Co-Founder and CEO of Unshrinkit, a Shark Tank-winning product. Under her leadership, Unshrinkit secured domestic retail partnerships, global distribution, and a successful sale in 2019. Before Unshrinkit, Desirée spent several years as a research and brand strategist for media, tech, retail, and nonprofit organizations.

She currently advises a VC-backed stealth venture, board prep programs, local government officials, and religious institutions on branding, recruitment, and external communications matters. Desirée is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School.

More Alumni Services
  • Career Advancement Program, a 12-month intensive program for highly-talented, mid-career professionals who are sponsored by their organizations to advance to senior leadership
  • Intensive Alumni Coaching, for alumni who are focused on targeted outcomes—promotions, transitions, or mid-career personal clarity