Congratulations to another cohort of Emerging Leaders alumni!
Closing Celebrations were held in New York City on Tuesday, February 13, and in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 15. Emerging Leaders were joined by supportive friends, family members, work supervisors, AlumniCorps board members, Emerging Leaders volunteers, and Emerging Leaders alumni.
As is customary, Emerging Leaders were invited to give a few closing remarks at the Celebrations. We have a few excerpts below:
“I am thankful to Princeton AlumniCorps for existing. You are doing impactful work and transforming lives by not only showing us we can remain in the sector but encouraging innovation to challenge the status quo.”
~Tenesha Duncan (pictured left), EL DC ‘17 – ‘18, Membership Director, National Abortion Federation, Washington, DC
“The best part of the program was hearing the great experience and knowledge of my cohort. This group has become crucial for me as I continue to develop in my career”
~ Liam Cates (pictured center), EL NYC ‘17-’18, Senior Community Engagement Associate, DonorsChoose.org, NYC
“Being in a leadership role in a small organization can be lonely. After a particularly frank conversation, my boss recommended that I apply to the Emerging Leaders program, and I am so grateful he did. Emerging Leaders gave me peers and thought partners who provided feedback and perspective I didn’t even realize I needed.”
~ Jessica Weis (pictured right), EL NYC ‘17 – ‘18, Program Director, The Petey Greene Program, NJ
We invite new program alumni to leverage our network by:
1. Joining our program facilitators for periodic professional development lunches.
AlumniCorps periodically sponsors lunches with program facilitators Hilary Joel and Yael Sivi for small groups of Emerging Leaders alumni. After a lunch in October 2017, Rachel Steinberg (EL NYC ‘16-’17) remarked “…to have the opportunity to re-immerse in the experience, even if only for a couple of hours, was excellent. I do think this is a wonderful way to sustain the growth and learnings of Emerging Leaders. Thank you for arranging this!”
2. Connecting Regionally with the Network.
May Mark, an alumna of the ’14 -15 Emerging Leaders cohort in NYC, moved across the country to join an Oakland, CA education tech startup. When that job ended prematurely, she turned to the AlumniCorps network to help her learn more about opportunities in the Bay Area. “This new AlumniCorps community was an extension of the one I’d joined in NYC during the Emerging Leaders program. Even though the Bay Area is different, both communities have shared values.” Read more about May’s journey with AlumniCorps here.