HIVE Leadership Development Program for Repro Leaders - Applications Launch October 2022

A multiracial group of leaders smiling and laughing as they stand in a circle outside on a lush green lawn surrounded by trees. They're swinging their arms and enjoying moving.
Members of the 2019 HIVE Cohort participating in a group activity at a retreat site in Louisiana. 

HIVE (Healing, Inspiration, Voice, and Equity)
Leadership Development Program & Network Building for Louisiana Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Leaders

The HIVE (Healing, Inspiration, Voice and Equity) Leadership Development and Network Building Program is facilitated by CompassPoint and funded by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Just as in natural ecosystems, creating hives is critical and urgent in this hostile moment of our history. Leaders need environments that can nourish them to build greater Healing, Inspiration, Voice, and Equity for themselves and for others. Over five cohorts, HIVE has brought together reproductive health, rights, and justice leaders from across Louisiana together to develop their leadership skills and build community in service of movement work. 

The 2023 cohort is a yearlong hybrid program (with in-person and online components) that takes place in 2023–beginning in January of 2023 and concluding in December 2023. All program components will take place online or in Louisiana.

The Application Period is Closed

Thank you for your interest in HIVE! The application period for the 2023 cohort has closed. Watch this space for future updates on the HIVE Leadership Development and Network Building Program. 

Who Should Apply? 

For this new cohort, we welcome and encourage applications from emerging nonprofit and social justice leaders in Louisiana organizations committed to reproductive health, rights, and justice.

This includes (but is not limited to), nonprofit leaders, grassroots organizers, health providers, policy workers, youth workers, birthworkers and doulas, sex educators, and family advocates

We do not define "leaders" by positional power and we welcome applicants from across a broad spectrum of positions and roles. 

We are seeking applications from leaders who are still in a state of growth, who are open and hungry for learning, and who have some level of influence in their organizations and communities, which may include:

  • leading people and managing resources
  • organizing and building community toward systems change
  • leading or heavily influencing the design of organizational systems, culture, and practices
  • managing programs, projects, or campaigns

We also strongly encourage those working at the intersections of reproductive health, rights, and justice and other movements–for example, gender justice, economic justice, environmental justice, racial justice, disability justice, and abolition–to apply.



A woman with brown skin makes her way through way down the center of a group of people. Two people on either side of her are gently supporting her and offering affirming words.
HIVE members sharing affirmations with one another during a retreat in Louisiana. From left to right in the foreground: Caressa Chester, Shametria Gonzales, and Asha Mehta. 

HIVE centers the experience and participation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color participants) and we’ll continue to grow the network with this frame. 

We are looking for leaders who understand the work of reproductive health, rights, and justice from both a lived experience and learned knowledge as we know people closest to the problems hold the greatest wisdom toward the solution.   

For this new cohort, we are also striving to recruit a broad mix of leaders from across Louisiana, from both urban and rural communities. Please help us spread the word by sharing this page with your networks!

What is HIVE? 

Since 2017, over 40 leaders committed to reproductive health, rights, and justice from across Louisiana have participated in HIVE.

Leaders come together to support one another emotionally, intellectually, and practically while advancing their practice of leadership in three main areas:

  • radical vision,
  • relationships,
  • and resourcing.

Specifically, leaders:

  • Grow creativity and vision in leadership, individually and in the broader movement
  • Deepen relationships and become a part of a growing network of leaders who are “walking their talk” by living values of liberation
  • Expand perspectives and become more skillful at resourcing movement work through multiple forms of capital (social, financial, intellectual, material, etc.)

Program Components

Please note, there is no cost to participate. A stipend will be provided to all cohort members to support childcare and transportation costs. 

By applying to participate in HIVE, you are agreeing to these COVID-19 protocols.

The program will include three in-person retreats (in Louisiana), online webinars, peer-to-peer virtual calls, individual coaching, and individual development planning.

Program Dates: 
  • Opening Call - Thurs. February 9th 10:00am-12:00pm CT
  • In-person, overnight retreats:
    • Retreat 1: Tues. 3/28 - Fri. 3/31
    • Retreat 2: Tues. 7/25 - Fri 7/28
    • Retreat 3: Tues. 11/14 - Fri 11/17

All in-person retreats will take place near Hammond, Louisiana. Exact location will be shared with selected cohort! 

  • Cohort closing gathering: Early December 2023 (exact date and location to be determined with the selected cohort)

Participants will build a wide range of liberatory leadership skills from radical visioning to managing time and energy, team development, coaching and supervision, and resourcing movement work.

They will also build power by building community, joining a growing network of HIVE participants.


Asha Mehta
Program Design and Facilitation | Project Director at CompassPoint




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Program Design and Facilitation | Project Director at CompassPoint


Emros Smizer
Operations and Participant Experience | Associate Project Director at CompassPoint



This program is made possible with generous support from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.