President’s Leadership

Fellows Program (PLFP)

About the Program

The goal of the SFSU President’s Leadership Fellows Program (PLFP) is to provide students with the soft skills that national research has shown employers seek in job candidates. These skills complement the hard skills also needed in order to be competitive in today’s job market, including resume and cover letter composition, interview skills, networking, etc. Students accepted to the PLFP take part in workshops focusing on leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, unconscious bias, emotional intelligence and sexual harassment in the workplace. Fellows learn to recognize their competencies and how to apply them in meaningful and relevant ways as they transition to job-readiness.

  • Learn to articulate your value
  • Enhance your problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Network with peers, staff, and consultants
  • Develop your interpersonal and teamwork abilities
  • Expand and leverage your skills and confidence to gain competitive edge
  • The Fellows Program is open to currently enrolled junior-level and senior-level students in the College of Business, College of Education, College of Ethnic Studies, College of Health & Social Sciences, College of Liberal & Creative Arts, and College of Science & Engineering.
  • Attendance at all sessions is a strict requirement of the program.

The Spring Fellows Program will consist of seven sessions. You have the option of joining either the afternoon or the evening cohort, but you must attend every session. Because space is limited, please only consider applying if you are fully committed and available to attend all seven sessions. Absences are cause for dismissal from the program. The afternoon cohort will meet on the Holloway campus at the Towers Conference Center on select Wednesdays from 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. The evening cohort will meet on the Holloway campus in the Cesar Chavez Building in Rosa Parks A-C from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Attire is business casual; less formal than traditional business wear, but still intended to give a professional impression.

Fellows members must also complete the following requirements by the fourth session of the program:

  • Fully complete your Handshake profile for “around the world” status
  • One assigned mock interview on CSLD’s online platform Big Interview
Two hundred applicants from across the six colleges will be randomly selected and notified of their acceptance by the second week of February 2020
The Fellows Program began in Fall 2014 with the generous support of the Eustace Kwan Family Foundation. The pilot program started in the College of Business with twenty five students. The number of Fellows accepted to the program increased to fifty students in spring 2015, and to one hundred students each semester thereafter. The success of the program resulted in additional support from the Eustace Kwan Family Foundation in December 2016. With the full support of President Wong and campus leadership, the program expanded to acceptTwo hundred applicants from across the six colleges will be randomly selected and notified of their acceptance by the second week of February 2020.
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Application deadline: February 5th

Spring 2020 PLFP Schedule (attendance is taken at each session)

PLFP Afternoon Cohort

Location: Towers Conference Center

Time: 12:15pm to 1:45pm

  • 2/26/20 – Orientation - Orlando Harris & Joseph Adams
  • 3/4/20 - Emotional Intelligence - Lisa-Marie Adorno
  • 3/18/20 - Leadership Skills - Knute Kallender
  • 4/1/20 - Resume & Cover Letter Tips - Brandon Jacob
  • 4/8/20 - Financial Literacy - Thandiwe Cato
  • 4/15/20 - LinkedIn Workshop - Kyle Elliot
  • 4/22/20 - Certificate Ceremony - Orlando Harris & Joseph Adams

PLFP Evening Cohort

Location: Rosa Parks A-C

Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm

  • 2/19/20 - Orientation - Orlando Harris & Joseph Adams
  • 2/26/20 - Emotional Intelligence - Lisa-Marie Adorno
  • 3/4/20 - Leadership Skills - Knute Kallender
  • 3/11/20 - LinkedIn Workshop - Kyle Elliot
  • 3/18/20 - Financial Literacy - Thandiwe Cato
  • 4/8/20 - Resume & Cover Letter Tips - Brandon Jacob
  • 4/15/20 - Certificate Ceremony - Orlando Harris & Joseph Adams

Questions? Please contact

Joseph Adams, Leadership Development & Outreach Specialist, Career Services & Leadership Development

Address: 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132

Phone: (415) 338-1764


Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 A.M - 5 PM


Student Services Building, Room 301