Emerging Leaders expands Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion session, and more!

The Emerging Leaders (EL) professional development program is designed to help aspiring nonprofit leaders develop the capabilities, skills, and confidence to advance their professional contributions and accelerate their careers. Currently, 32 young nonprofit professionals—16 in New York City (NYC) and 16 in Washington, D.C. (D.C.)— are more than halfway through the program.

In Session 2, the New York City cohort heard from Cecilia Clarke (back row, left), President & CEO of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, and EL alumnus Chimere Stephens (far left), Director of NYC Men Teach, a collaboration with the NYC Department of Education, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Young Men’s Initiative, and the City University of New York.

In June and July the sessions focused on the results of the participants’ Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Skillscope 360 assessments. ELs also heard from several guest speakers, including EL alumna Felicia Jones, Director of Healthy Start at Martha’s Table.

ELs in Washington, D.C. heard from EL alumna Felicia Jones, Director of Healthy Start at Martha’s Table, and Kevin Hinton, Executive Director of Beacon House, with EL facilitator Hilary Joel ’85 at Session 2.

In September, session three was reconfigured for the 2018-19 cohort to focus on Leading For Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This year, our regular facilitators, Hilary Joel ’85 and Yael Sivi, were joined by co-facilitators, Dr. Laura Quiros, a DEI consultant and Associate Professor at Adelphi University in NYC, and Iris Jacob, Founder & CEO of Social Justice Synergy in D.C.

One NYC participant commented that the DEI session, “…raised some personal questions about what authentic leadership looks like for me…Hopefully, the outcome is a leadership style that feels rooted in who I am and allows me to be my whole self.” In D.C., a cohort member said, “Iris was great! It would be very easy for DEI to be treated superficially by organizations. Her facilitation and guidance gave us some meaningful ways to help make it a deeply transformative and intentional process.”

In October, the fourth EL session focused on management-related topics; guest speakers were Amy Nakamoto, Vice President, Discovery Education (D.C.) and David Garza, Executive Director, Henry Street Settlement (NYC).

David Garza, Executive Director, Henry Street Settlement, speaking at New York’s Session 4 on Management 101.

On November 1, 2018, NYC facilitator, Yael Sivi, hosted an EL alumni lunch for seven participants. After reading articles about the convergence of personal and professional growth, Yael led the group in a combination of large group discussion, pair work, and some peer coaching over the course of two hours. EL alumni in attendance were: Jess Weis, Liam Cates, Margie Cadet, Caroline Coburn, Julian Forde, David Nelson, and Andrew Protain ’08, who is a current AlumniCorps board member.

Learn more about our current cohort of Emerging Leaders by browsing their bios in The Leaders Digest participant directory, available online.

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