A Cities Rising Project Initiative

A diverse group of citizen leaders and impact makers unite together to design and share solutions to cross-sector issues through curated educational opportunities and community-building programs. 

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 impact makers.

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.

Build 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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Unite 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.

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.



"What this did for me was help facilitate my ability to connect with people. A lot of us are involved in different silos where we’re working, so it was a good opportunity to meet different people and find out what their areas of expertise and areas of involvement are.” 

—  Steven Osborne, Attorney, Adams and Fisk, PLC

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