A cohort helps to actualize your community’s potential.

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“Cohorts unearth the people who have the energy and the will to work across boundaries. Often, these are not the usual suspects.”


Mary Trigiani, Award-Winning Facilitator; 2020 Danville/Pittsylvania Cohort

Connecting Impactmakers

10-15 multi-sector impact makers from your community are assembled in collaboration with local partners.

Building Social Capital

Cohorts meet regularly for 8 weeks up to 1 year for facilitated discussions tailored to nurture connections between impactmakers.

Curating Outcomes

Cohort members learn from and participate with Tom Tom’s network of leaders as they navigate a curated series of programs, developed to support the goals of cohorts.

A cohort builds on the strengths of your community.

Develop a leadership infrastructure to reimagine civic engagement, who can lead, and from where.

Participants are:

  • Active

  • Ambitious

  • Collaborative

  • Tenacious

  • Solution-oriented

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A cohort unites your hometown heroes.



  • Identify candidates

  • Guide outcomes

  • Engage with program design



  • Increase visibility

  • Guide outcomes 

  • Provide the capital necessary to eliminate financial barriers to participation



An experienced moderator who leads the facilitation of cohort sessions in coordination with Tom Tom staff.

How A Cohort Works.




Cohorts offer opportunities for community leaders to intersect with their peers in new, creative ways—and to workshop ideas for the future.

The 2020 Danville/Pittsylvania Cohort convened 14 emerging leaders to move the region through and beyond the pandemic.

  • Build issue awareness

  • Catalyze strong relationships

  • Highlight the region’s assets & opportunities

  • Inspire unique collaboration

Possible Outcomes 

Identify and understand your region’s assets, challenges, and opportunities.

Share best practices around a target problem statement.

Inspire community members to reimagine public service, who can lead, and from where.

Strategize solutions for your region’s challenges informed by discussions and actualized through relationships cultivated during the program.

Position the cohort and associated stakeholders as leaders in critical conversations impacting their communities.

Explore Past Cohorts.

Interested in developing your own Cohort? 

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