Unlock the power of the Fellowship

Your StartingBloc Fellowship begins with the Institute and continues long after the 5 days are over. Below are the many ways to learn, engage, and serve the community.

Looking for the latest happenings? Check out our StartingBloc Calendar for Institute and Fellows-only event dates.

Application review team

Our Fellowship remains strong because of the quality of people we accept into our Institutes. When you join this team, you help us review applications to determine who will be welcomed into the upcoming cohorts.

Your time on the committee is elective. When you are ready, you let us know and can step down from the team. Once you sign up, you will hear from us with more detailed instructions.

Join the team here, or email us with questions.


Think back to what it was like to attend your Institute. Chances are, your mentor was an integral part in your personal success. Mentorship is a great way to offer support while enjoying a StartingBloc Institute in a unique way. This opportunity is exclusively open to existing StartingBloc Fellows.

NOLA’18 Mentor Applications are open and close March 23.


Would you like to contribute to the success of an Institute but do not have the time to mentor? Volunteering is a great way to support StartingBloc while meeting incoming Fellows, experiencing another Institute experience, and of course, joining the dance parties. This opportunity is exclusively open to existing StartingBloc Fellows.

The LA’18 Volunteer Application closed February 7th. We will open the NOLA’18 Volunteer Application in April 2018.

Attend a Launch Party

Come meet the new Fellows at our Institutes in LA, NOLA, NY, or DC!

In true StartingBloc fashion, we will sing, hug, and get to know one another in some true, old-fashioned dance-offs. We invite all current Fellows to come and build community with the new cohort.

Check back in February 2018 for tickets to the LA’18 Launch Party.

Regional and Affinity Groups

Joining your local Facebook group is a great way to meet new people and stay connected to the community. In the past, Fellows have hosted local happy hours, attended conferences together and helped each other find meaningful work. Engage with other Fellows and strengthen the bonds within the community.

Join new groups here!

StartingBloc Calendar

Subscribe to the StartingBloc Google calendar and refer to it for upcoming Institutes, Fellow events, and Fellowship opportunities.

View the calendar here.

Submit Content for the Newsletter

Have an upcoming event, open job opportunity, or content you think StartingBloc Fellows should know about? 

Email it to us at newsletter@startingbloc.org


Update Contact Information

Change your email address, city, or phone number. This helps us get the right information to you more efficiently.

Update your email address here.

Update your city/phone number here.


Nominate Another Fellow for the Spotlight

Inspired by another Fellow and think their story should be told with the rest of the community, and the world? You can nominate them here. We’ll contact them and ask for permission before sharing any details.

Nominate that Fellow here.


Submit an Article or Milestone

We want to help you spread the word about your work (and also brag about you to everyone we know!).

Make your submission here.

Attend Unplugged 

Unplugged is a 2-day annual event for Fellows, by Fellows. These events are the perfect avenue for engaging with Fellows you have not met, learning from each other and strengthening your network and the Fellowship as a whole.

Our 2018 Unplugged Dates are TBD – we’ll keep you updated!

Plan an Unplugged Event

Want to host an Unplugged in your city? We’ve got everything you need to know right here.

Why? Unplugged is a model that allows our value of distributed leadership to come to life in the Fellowship. It also engages the community around timely and relevant topics, and importantly, gives us an excuse to get back together for more dance parties.

Learn more about hosting here.

StartingBloc Calendar

Subscribe to the StartingBloc Google calendar and refer to it for upcoming Institutes, Fellow events, and Fellowship opportunities.

View the calendar here.

Submit an Event for the Calendar

Got a mixer, launch, or other event that you’d like to see other Fellows at? Submit it!

Make your submission here.


Talk with the StartingBloc Team

Want a quick update about resources available to you as a Fellow? Have feedback for the Team? Curious about launching an initiative within the Fellowship?

We want to talk. Click here to set up a call with Melina and click here to set up a call with Kristine.

Pro-Bono Coaching Program

Making change and developing a leadership style that impacts the world positively requires more support than we can provide at our 5-day institutes. One way we continue to support our Fellows is by giving them access to free and/or affordable, world-class professional coaching.

Learn more about coaching here.

Recommended Programs

Engage in other Fellowships, programs, and communities. We’ve gathered some of our favorites.

Find recommended programs here.

Recommended Reading

The Fellows have co-authored a recommended reading list. Add to it, or find your next book today!

Dive into reading here.

Shared Decks & Materials

This is a StartingBloc goldmine of materials ranging from polarities to facilitation guides.

All materials are here.


Quarterly Reflections

We are here to support our Fellows over a lifetime. Part of that work happens in community but part of it is personal and internal.

Complete our Q12018 Intention Setting and Reflection Form. We will check in with you in April to see how you’re doing on your intentions. You’ll receive a copy of the form in your email after completion.


Help us share the magic of StartingBloc by sharing what it means to you.

Leave a testimonial today.

Nominate a Future Fellow

Know someone who would be perfect for StartingBloc? Nominate them for the Fellowship!

Submit your nomination here.

Resources to Help with Referrals

We know that StartingBloc can be tough to describe, so we have resources ready to go to help you talk about StartingBloc.

Perfect your StartingBloc elevator pitch here.

Shareable Templates 

Need some starter copy to get the creative juices flowing for a social media post or newsletter blast about StartingBloc? Look no further.

Access the shareables here.


Support Scholarships with a Monthly Donation

We work to keep the StartingBloc Institute and Fellowship affordable and accessible to everyone by awarding need-based scholarships. Thank you for supporting this work.

Set up your recurring donation here.