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Emerging Leaders

Sponsored by Tom’s of Maine

Submissions are now closed

Circularity 24

As the premier conference for visionaries and practitioners building the circular economy, Circularity 24 (May 22-24, Chicago, IL) will convene leaders from across the sustainability community - including professionals driving corporate strategy, product design, supply chain, marketing, policy, and more. By attending, you'll gain access to inspiring keynotes, engaging breakout sessions and valuable networking that will empower you with the knowledge and connections you need to accelerate change towards an equitable and circular economy.

The Emerging Leaders Program sponsored by Tom's of Maine aims to elevate, cultivate and support the next generation of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) leaders in the climate community. Our goal is to foster a community of sustainability professionals that is diverse and representative of the world in which we live. We do so by fostering pathways into the sustainability space for students and early-career professionals who face barriers to entry in the field.


circuarlity emerging leaders

Selected Circularity 24 Emerging Leaders will receive a complimentary all-access scholarship to participate in the conference - which comes with special recognition and networking opportunities at the event exclusive to Emerging Leaders.

Selected applicants will also gain access to ongoing professional development, networking, mentorship, and support through the Emerging Leaders Network - joining a growing cohort of 260+ diverse peers making an impact across the sustainability industry. The scholarship covers registration fees, airfare, lodging, and meals at the event.


Applications are now closed.

To apply, applicants must:

  1. Currently reside in the United States, Canada, or Mexico

  2. Possess a cultural identity consistent with BIPOC - Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

  3. Be enrolled at an accredited college or university as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student OR be an early-career professional with less than 10 years of professional experience

  4. Commit to attending a virtual program orientation on Thursday, May 9th, 2024 (time TBD) as well as all three days of Circularity 24 in Chicago, Illinois, May 22-24, 2024

Applications submitted before March 25, 2024 11:59pm PST will receive priority consideration

Submissions will be accepted through April 15, 2024 11:59pm PST

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by April 26, 2024