The Duke Leadership Accelerator is a leadership initiative for alumni that engages them in a variety of activities ranging from sustained community-based programs (RIPPLE and the Durham Action Tank), to short-term programs (36 Hours at Duke, city-based alumni meetings across the country, and alumni events at Duke University), to ongoing mentoring opportunities, participation in class projects, project advising, and regular correspondence with Tony Brown. The Duke Leadership Accelerator engages alumni who strive to do better and be better in their families, in their careers, in their communities, and in their lives.

Short-term programs such as 36 Hours at Duke bring together current and former Duke students to accelerate learning, leadership, and connections. Alumni and students gather for a weekend on campus to participate in faculty-led group workshops and small group discussions, learn from each other, hone ideas, and experience Duke and Durham.

A leadership program based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, DC, and the Research Triangle, RIPPLE is a catalyst, connector, supporter, and guide for groups of motivated Duke alumni. The aim is to curate communities of alumni who are committed to supporting each others’ lifelong journeys of leadership, personal growth, and the pursuit of meaningful lives.

The Durham Action Tank taps into the expertise of community leaders, local alumni, students, and faculty to act on specific ideas that focus on underutilized Durham assets.

View Our Network page for more details on our alumni engagement programs or contact us with any questions.

Meet a few ELI alumni.

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ELI Alum Alison Dorsey on start-up life in Durham

Alumni Interview: Dan Kimberg


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RIPPLE connects groups of alumni all across the country who are committed to supporting each others' journeys of learning and leadership development and to taking action to give back to their communities. Learn more about this city-based alumni program here.

25 Hours at Duke

Learn more about ELI's latest alumni engagement "25 Hours at Duke," which launched in the spring of 2017. "25 Hours" brings alums back to campus for one day, creating a personalized schedule for them based on their interests and preferences.

36 Hours at Duke

36 Hours at Duke brings together current and former Duke students for a weekend on campus, allowing students and alumni to forge connections with each other, learn, and continue their leadership development. Learn more about the program here.

PPS271: Social Entrepreneurship in Action

Professor Tony Brown has been teaching his PPS271: Social Entrepreneurship in Action course to Duke undergraduates for over ten years. Read about his Fall 2016 students and their projects here.

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