Maven Master Class is a professional development experience for social impact leaders to take a deeper dive into key strategies for more authentic, resilient, and sustainable ventures. This collaborative learning intensive focuses on:

  • scaling impact 

  • generating earned income

  • succession planning 

  • measuring outcomes that matter

  • creating a culture of diversity & belonging


This informative recorded presentation will help you to gain a better understanding of Maven Master Class. If, after you have watched it and reviewed the information below, you have questions or need coaching to prepare your application, please schedule office hours.  


Why is Maven Master Class necessary?

Mavens are having extraordinary impact on a wide range of issues that contribute to more resilient communities. Maven Master Class is the next level learning experience designed to support the continued evolution of their work. The goal is to support social impact leaders in being more intentional about inspiring cultures in their ventures that allow them to be more agile, creative, and impactful. Our vision is greater freedom in philanthropy for mission-driven experimentation, more effective, confident, and resilient leadership, and a shift in orientation towards asset-building and solution setting. Moving beyond the communities we serve to learn and share with the best means we are able to accelerate our effectiveness by making the connections and accessing the resources that will amplify our social impact.

Who should participate in Maven Masterclass?

Maven Masterclass is designed for queer and trans social impact leaders of color and allies who have successfully completed the Maven Leadership Cohort in Orlando or Miami since its inception. Master Mavens are founders or principles of an existing venture or initiative that is beyond the ideation phase.  These leaders have demonstrated an ability to successfully operate a project or organization and would now benefit from additional support and acquiring new skills and an expanded professional network. 


What is the format?

Maven Masterclass pulls from the best of the collaborative nature of the cohort and adds the elements needed to level up. It is a four-month transformational learning experience that includes class-based training, immersive practical experiences, and field excursions. The program is open to six participants. Leading professionals will share best practices and assist in re-imagining strategies for building more resilient organizations. We will explore our five key focus areas in multiple contexts and across geography. Master Mavens will convene for four days each month (Thursday-Sunday). 

Maven Master Class Module Format


AM - Travel (Lab 3 | San Francisco Bay Area) 

PM - Travel (Lab 1, 2, 4 | Orlando, Miami, Charlotte)



AM - Maven Updates

AM - Big Idea Session 1

PM - Site Visit



AM - Wellness Activity

AM - Big Idea Session 2

PM - Leadership Exchange



AM - Big Idea Session 3

PM - Travel


Module Components  

Big Idea Sessions build skills in: scaling impact, generating earned income, leadership succession, creating cultures of diversity and belonging, and metrics. Maven founders and local subject matter experts lead these sessions.


Site Visits curate behind-the-scenes learning experiences at local organizations to observe best practices in action.


Maven Updates invite Mavens to provide progress reports for their initiatives and receive feedback from cohort participants, founders, and local experts.


Leadership Exchange connects Mavens with local queer and trans social impact leaders of color to co-create solutions for scaling impact, generating earned income, leadership succession, creating cultures of diversity and belonging, and metrics.


Wellness Activities provide opportunities for Mavens to maintain their stamina and model self-care practices for their teams.


Applying to Maven Master Class?

Maven Master Class has a two-part selection process. First, all candidates must submit an application online. A draft of the application may be saved at any point so it does not need to be completed at one time. You may review a PDF version of the application prior to completing it. Candidates will make a presentation via video conferencing to the selection panel on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Please save this date in anticipation of advancing to the selection phase.

Key Dates

Monday, April 6, 2020 @ 4PM Eastern Time

Application Deadline


Saturday, April 11, 2020

Master Class Presentations | Via Video Conferencing


Monday, April 20 - 24, 2020

Initial Coaching Sessions | 90 minutes


July 2020

Pre-Work Assigned


Thursday, September 10 - Sunday, September 13, 2020

Lab 1 | Orlando


Thursday, October 15 - Sunday, October 18, 2020

Lab 2 | Miami & Ft. Lauderdale


Thursday, November 5 - Sunday, November 8, 2020 

Lab 3 | San Francisco Bay Area


Thursday, December 10 - Sunday, December 13, 2020

Lab 4 | Charlotte 

Maven Master Class Recording
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