International Downtown Association’s 2020 Emerging Leaders Fellows to learn essential leadership and place management skills

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (June 4, 2020) – Sherryl Muriente, Manager of Urban Placemaking for the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), has been named one of 30 urban champions from around the globe for the International Downtown Association’s 2020 Emerging Leaders Fellowship (ELF) program. She joins the ranks of other senior industry professionals in this year’s group who hail from three countries and 17 provinces or states, including Newcastle, U.K.; Ontario, Canada; Michigan; Texas; Florida; California; Pennsylvania; and Colorado.

Muriente  is the fourth member of the West Palm Beach DDA to be selected for the program. Other ELF graduates include DDA Associate Director Teneka James-Feaman, Marketing Director Tiffany Faublas, and District Services Manager Catherine Ast.

Alumni of the IDA Emerging Leaders Fellowship program, launched in 2016, are fast becoming sought-after leaders for the future of city building worldwide. Graduates have become new CEOs, accepted CEO positions in other organizations, and others have elevated to more senior staff levels. “The success of our Fellowship program underscores how critical this training is to our growing industry,” said David Downey, President and CEO of IDA. “This is the only program of its kind created specifically for urban place management professionals. IDA is looking to further illustrate the importance of our industry by elevating leaders with the necessary skills to champion inclusive city building.”

The Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program bringing together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows learn essential leadership and place management skills and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.

“The Emerging Leaders Fellowship program from IDA is a highly sought-after program across the urban management field and I’m honored to have the opportunity to learn alongside rising stars and knowledgeable experts,” said Muriente. “The skills and insight I’ll gain will be directly applied to my role programming public spaces to enhance the quality of life in Downtown West Palm Beach for residents and visitors.”

“The International Downtown Association is looking to build the future of our industry, and these accomplished executives are the rising stars of our profession,” said Downey. “With this program, we’re educating and inspiring the next generation of leaders.”

This program typically takes place each June in New York City. Due to the impacts of the current pandemic, this year’s cohort will receive their intensive instruction delivered by IDA partners at Coro New York Leadership Center over a virtual platform. The group will meet in-person in the spring of 2021 where they will continue their learning with professionals from several business improvement district organizations across the city providing technical in-the-field training.

About the Downtown Development Authority

The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities. For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit downtownwpb.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.

About the International Downtown Association

The International Downtown Association is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Our members are downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. We represent an industry of more than 2,500 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. For more information, visit www.downtown.org.  

About the Coro New York Leadership Center

Coro New York Leadership Center is New York’s premier leadership training organization and a community of over 2,300 alumni across business, government, schools, and non-profits that is shaping our city’s future. Coro training helps individuals hone their visions for change and learn how to exercise leadership with greater self-awareness, intention, and effectiveness. We work with leaders, both seasoned and emerging, from many different fields who come to Coro to discover how cities really work and how policy is shaped, while also learning how to collaborate across differences, build culture and community, and make progress on shared challenges. From commissioners and city councilmembers to activists, executives, and entrepreneurs, those who come to Coro build the skills, knowledge, and networks to help them pursue their visions for change with greater effectiveness and impact.

Through a series of three leadership training sessions, Coro will provide participants in IDA’s Fellowship with a set of frameworks and strategies to help them develop best practices for leading change. Focusing on the personal, interpersonal and systems-level, each session will examine change-making from a different lens and provide new tools, along with experiential activities to test out these new ideas in action.