What will you Learn

You'll begin by meeting your classmates in Chicago for a rigorous week-long Meetup. Together, with a group of instructors who've worked alongside Stanford, Kellogg, and an array of companies, we will focus on curriculum around five core competencies:

 
 

Self
Awareness

Define your strengths and weaknesses, how you learn best, and what you need to perform at a high level. 

Community
Building 

Learn how to identify key individuals in life and work, and how to invite them into the creation and building of a new idea.

Storytelling 

Explore how storytelling can transform the way individuals & communities think, feel, and behave. You'll learn the principles and mindsets that will shape how you tell stories during your Leap and beyond.

 
 

Business
Operations 

We'll dive into the tools and systems that help organizations turn vision and goals into sustainable business models. 

Design
Thinking

Understand how to find solutions to the most complicated challenges using this creative process focused on listening, trying, and failing quickly. 

 
 

As you Leap into your semester-long work experience, you'll choose one specific concentration to continue studying: Storytelling, Business Operations, or Design Thinking. Each week, you'll engage in online discussions with your cohort and a weekly Coaching Call with an Ei Instructor who will provide you with feedback and counsel on a regular basis.

 
  • "Don't just study it – Experience It!"
    — April, 2014 Fellow
  • "I recommend this program to anyone looking for a hands-on, fast paced and rewarding experience.”
    — Erika Marmol, Tufts University
  • "Well worn paths will always be there, but I plan to keep designing my own."
    — Melanie, 2015 Fellow
  • "This gave me the framework to explore alongside masters of their craft while cultivating a purposeful skill set."
    — Olenka, 2015 Fellow
  • “This immensely rapid learning experience was something I never found in any course I took at college."
    — Giray Ozseker, Rice University
  • "I felt a sense of accomplishment as I worked alongside an incredible team driven to design a better world."
    — Toph, 2015 Fellow
  • "I came searching for direction and I found community."
    — Kali, 2016 Fellow
  • "Some of my favorite days? Exploring new sections of London after work with my friends."
    — Laura Walker, John Hopkins
  • "You should come if you are interested in possibilities."
    — Claire, 2016 Fellow
  • "I've built a network of people I can rely on."
    — Lance, 2015 Fellow
  • "This experience is 100% my catalyst on getting the full-time job offer I was seeking after college."
    — Mike Justus, Michigan - Ross
  • The skills that we are focusing on are skills that I feel like we will have forever. And they are super applicable!"
    — Joe, 2014 Fellow
  • "This launched me into my next step with more confidence and clarity."
    — Mūff, 2014 Fellow
  • "Set goals for yourself and own them.”
    — Maryama Diaw, Dartmouth College
  • "I know I'm ready for whatever is next."
    — Stephanie, 2015 Fellow
  • "I've learned to create my own opportunities – wherever I find myself."
    — Lance, 2015 Fellow
  • "You might never have these opportunities if you don't take a leap!"
    — Sami, 2016 Fellow

 

What will you Experience

Upon your acceptance into Leap Semester, Sage Corps will match you with pre-vetted high growth startups in select global cities. You will work full-time with a team based on your skill set and the startup’s needs.  You may focus your work on verticals such as: Marketing, Sales/Business Development, or Product Development.

Outside of your apprenticeship, you'll be immersed in the host city's entrepreneurial and business ecosystem. Sage Corps will help you attend networking events and round table discussions at venture capital funds, startup incubators and larger companies. All participants will have access to the Sage and Experience Institute Network–thought leaders and innovators who act as supporters throughout your Leap.

 

Spring Cohort Timeline

 
 

EXPO

At the end of your semester, you’ll meet back in Chicago to present your experience and learnings to family, friends, and individuals from your community. EXPO is one-part TEDx talk and one-part thesis presentation wrapped up in one big, fun night.