Upon leaving each session, I feel empowered, effective, and enlightened as I head back to my vocation. The tools gained serve as catalysts to my leadership awareness and promote growth along this path to being a complete leader.
-Julian Forde, 2014 Emerging Leader
In February, members of the AlumniCorps community, along with our supporters in the nonprofit and public sectors, gathered in New York City and Washington, DC, to celebrate the newly-graduated Emerging Leaders class of 2014. AlumniCorps Board and staff members, Emerging Leaders program alumni, employers, advisers, family members, and other supporters helped to honor the participants’ accomplishments and the program’s success.
The receptions on February 20th in Washington, DC, and February 27th in New York marked the completion of the program’s third year. Last June, the new group of participants began gathering for monthly sessions to develop their skills in the nonprofit and public sectors. Participants were coached in such areas as nonprofit financial reporting, presentation skills, and fundraising fundamentals through skill-based activities and discussions with subject experts. For other topics that relate to emotional intelligence and team dynamics, presentations and best practices were combined with experiential learning and peer group collaboration. The goal of the program is to build the capacity of the participants, and the nonprofit and public sectors as a whole, as well as to address complex public issues by equipping talented young managers with the skills to launch them into leadership roles.
Addressing the attendees in New York, AlumniCorps President Kathy Miller ’77 spoke about the value and uniqueness of the program: “Emerging Leaders provides participants with a framework for developing the innate leadership talent of our participants and how they can use it effectively… In addition to hard skills like how to fundraise or pitch an idea, what makes the Emerging Leaders program unique is that it gives participants a space to learn the interpersonal perspective needed to be a leader.”
Many employers were in attendance at the celebrations. Rachael Peters, New York City Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange, Inc., described the significance of the program to her organization. “There aren’t resources for professional development for leaders at this level, so Emerging Leaders was a comprehensive, affordable, and thoughtful option that made sense. This program has been great in that we recognized our employee as a leader and she has already brought lessons from Emerging Leaders back to our team,” Rachael said.