CUP Fellows Program Applications Open Now


The CUP Fellows Program is a transformative, one-year leadership development experience for early-to-mid career professionals of color across industries, who are deeply committed to supporting their communities through impactful contributions to the nonprofit and public sectors. All purpose-driven professionals of color are encouraged to apply.


  • Professionals of color across all industries and sectors with 5-10 years of professional work experience.
  • Applicants must be employed full-time in the New York tristate area at the time of application and must plan to remain employed throughout the fellowship. Internships and part-time positions do not meet this requirement.
  • Applicants must not participate in another significant program at the same time as the CUP Fellows Program, which runs from February 2019 through December 2019.
  • Applicants must commit to attending the monthly workshops.

Click here to apply. Please complete the application submission instructions by November 11, 2018. Essay and Statement of Intent should not exceed 500 words. Only complete applications will be considered for the program. Incomplete or late applications will be ineligible. Please note the following guidelines.

  • Resume should be 1-2 pages long, and not exceed 2 pages. Include experience demonstrating your commitment to public service.
  • Statement of Intent should describe how you intend on contributing to your community in the short and long term and how the CUP Fellows Program will help you achieve your aspirations. 
  • Essay should describe a specific activity or organization in which you were directly involved as a leader. What challenges did you face, how did you resolve them, and what did you learn about yourself in the process? 
  • Letter of Recommendation should speak to your personal and professional accomplishments, civic engagement, and commitment to community. Must be 1 page and submitted with your application.

CUP Fellow Spotlight – Brian Song, AABANY Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair

CUP Fellow Spotlight – Brian Song, AABANY Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair

Press Release: Past President Jean Lee Named 2014 CUP Catalyst Change Agent in Law

Friday, October 3, 2014   

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(718) 228-7206

(“AABANY”) is proud to announce that Jean Lee, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and AABANY President 2012-2013, has been selected as a 2014 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Catalyst: Change Agent 2014 | Law. Ms. Lee and her fellow CUP Catalyst Change Agents in Law will be honored at CUP’s Fifth Annual Lawyers Forum taking place on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Eventi Hotel in New York, NY.

CUP Catalysts in the legal sector have achieved extraordinary success in business while simultaneously making a significant impact on their community. CUP is a 21st century leadership development organization with over 1,500 individual members, a national network of 20,000, and 70 corporate partners in law, financial services, media & entertainment, digital & technology, and non-profit and public sectors. CUP recognizes its Catalyst Change Agents to provide more role models for young urban professionals at the top levels of various industries to help mobilize the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders.

“We are thrilled that CUP has decided to honor one of AABANY’s own, Jean Lee, as a Change Agent 2014 in Law,” remarked AABANY President Clara Ohr. “In addition to serving as a past AABANY President, Jean has tirelessly dedicated her efforts to promoting diversity in the legal profession through her leadership in other bar associations like the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), spearheading new programs for minorities in her workplace, and individual mentoring of numerous junior lawyers and students of color.”

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to [email protected].

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community. Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole. AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).


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In January 2014, CUP (Council of Urban Professionals) launched a mini-series called “CUP Conversations,” where industry trailblazers answer questions about their lessons on leadership. CUP’s fourth video highlights Don Liu, General Counsel, Secretary & Vice President at Xerox. Don shares his take on the importance of making mistakes, role models, and reputation. AABANY is fortunate to have Don’s sage advice as a member of our Advisory Committee.

CUP Fellows Program: Deadline Nov. 22


Dear CUP Members & Friends,   

The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) is seeking dynamic emerging leaders from the business, consulting, digital and technology, finance, legal, media and entertainment, and non-profit and public sectors for its CUP Fellows Program.  Powered by American Express, the CUP Fellows Program is entering into its seventh year.

CUP Fellows are talented and visionary, multicultural and women professionals, aged 25 to 45, with the passion to become powerful leaders in their community. Through the CUP Fellows program, participants complete a rigorous ten month leadership development experience that includes skills-based training, networking events, and board placement services that prepare them for impactful civic involvement.   

There is no greater experience than being a CUP Fellow!  

In addition to equipping professionals with the skills needed to lead with impact, the CUP Fellows Program provides participants with a lifelong springboard for prestigious opportunities such as appointments to nonprofit and public sector boards. By exposing CUP Fellows to public sector opportunities and an influential network of professionals, the program is designed to equip participants with the skills, information, and resources needed to manage their careers effectively and position themselves for leadership opportunities. 


  • Capstone Experience: The Capstone Project is a significant part of the CUP Fellows experience. The purpose of the project is to give the Fellows the opportunity to apply the leadership and professional skills learned throughout the program to a real-life organizational challenge in the non-profit sector.
  • CUP Board Matching Program: Through CUP’s “A Seat at the Table” initiative, we secure strategic board and career matches for CUP Fellows, fulfilling our vision of increasing the diversity of boardrooms and enhancing the capacity of organizations to better serve our communities. 
  • CUP Executive Level Membership: At the conclusion of the program, CUP Fellows receive a one-year CUP Executive Level membership. This membership gives access to members-only receptions, networking opportunities, leadership development forums and more.


To apply, please click here to carefully read the application process details, including information about the eligibility requirements and supplemental application materials.

All CUP Fellows Program applicants must complete the application form and submit the following supplemental materials:

  • Resume
  • Statement of Intent
  • Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
The application deadline for the 2014 CUP Fellows Program is November 22, 2013. Select candidates will be invited to interview on December 6, 7, 13 or 14. All candidates must be available to interview on one of the scheduled dates. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to receiving your application materials.

Best regards,

Avital Tamir, Director of Programs, CUP Leadership Institute