How do companies get selected for Junto’s Apprenticeship program?

To see our application and selection process, visit this page.


What’s the time commitment?

The CEO typically invests 4-10 hours per month. The other leaders invest 2-6 hours per month.


How many people participate in Junto?

Each company can have up to four founders/leaders participate in the program, as well as specific employees who may be emerging leaders in the company.


Who is Junto for?

Growth-stage companies with over $1 million in revenue and 10-100 employees. Most importantly, the executive team must believe that “what got us here won’t get us there.” They must have a heightened level of self-awareness that they don’t know it all, and the coachability to learn from people who have “been there, done that”.


What industry sectors does Junto focus on?

We’re industry-agnostic. Because of our focus on leadership and management skills, a company’s core product line or target market doesn’t matter. So far, we’ve had companies from high-tech, digital, food, services, medical device, CPG, and manufacturing.


Who are the mentors and instructors?

Our Mentors and Instructors are a select, hand-picked community of seasoned entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives, and investors. They are asked to contribute based on their accomplishments, experience, and fit with the Junto values. To see the breadth and depth of the group, visit this page.


What is emotional intelligence?

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions. It is distinct from cognitive intelligence in that it has unlimited capacity for improvement over one's life and is used - or not used - in every interaction we have with people and every waking minute of our day


Why is EI part of the curriculum?

Numerous studies have proven that the single biggest contributor to leadership effectiveness and job performance is emotional intelligence.


Why do the Mentors volunteer their time to the program?

Three reasons. First, they do it as a means of "giving back" to entrepreneurs who are starting and building companies for the first time. Second, they learn from the process of mentoring or teaching. And finally, they grow their own network by building new relationships.


Where is the program held?

Primarily at our offices in the West Loop of Chicago. For companies based in or near downtown Chicago, the Mentor Team meetings are held at their offices. 


Is Junto in-person or online?

Our sessions are all held live and in-person for companies in the Chicago are (some aspects of the program are available via video conferencing or live streaming for a company’s employees). In mid-2019, we will be introducing a virtual program for companies located outside of downtown Chicago.


What does Junto mean?

The Junto Institute's name was inspired by Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States. In 1727, at the age of 21, he formed a group of like-minded individuals that met every Friday evening for the purposes of philosophical debate and mutual improvement. He called this group the Junto. Furthermore, in Spanish, junto means “together.” Read more. 


What happens when a company graduates?

Alumni can join The Junto Institute’s Leather Apron Club, through which they can continue having access to Junto’s programs and services. Many Alumni continue their own learning, and also offer Junto’s sessions to emerging leaders as a training and development opportunity.