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Emerging Leaders


As the center of gravity for professionals catalyzing transformative climate solutions and technology, VERGE 24 (October 29-31, San Jose, CA) will convene leaders from across the climate community – business, government, solution providers, and startups – to share insights, address key challenges, and to showcase leading sustainable products and services. 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 enact change towards a just and decarbonized economy.

The Emerging Leaders Program 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.


Selected VERGE 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 270+ diverse peers making an impact across the sustainability industry. The scholarship covers registration fees, airfare, lodging, and meals at the event.


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 VERGE 24 in San Jose, California, October 29-31, 2024.

Applications submitted before July 1, 2024 11:59pm PST will receive priority consideration.

Submissions will be accepted through July 22, 2024 11:59pm PST.

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by August 16, 2024.