Emerging Leaders Program Expands Beyond DC to NYC

Nonprofit professionals working in New York along with their peers in Washington, DC can now take advantage of the hugely successful Emerging Leaders professional development program, thanks to a very generous grant from the Rita Allen Foundation. An expansive network of nonprofit organizations and executives combined with an innovative curriculum, Emerging Leaders uniquely prepares organizations  to address the growing leadership gap in the sector, identified by many in the field, including the Bridgespan Group.

Through highly effective, in-depth knowledge sharing, peer community building, and skills improvement, Emerging Leaders creates a cohort of aspiring nonprofit executives early in their careers while they are still committed to the sector. Current participants are thrilled with the far-reaching impact of the program as it enables them to accelerate their growth and contributions more rigorously and quickly than they otherwise could.

Emerging Leader Kyndall Parker ’06 states, “The lessons I’ve learned from Emerging Leaders have made me a better manager, direct report, and peer and put me in a position to have been recently promoted to Senior Director of Operations.” The program runs for 8 full-day sessions over 8 consecutive months and is open to all university graduates who meet the application criteria. The application deadline is March 15th.

Please note that there is an application fee of $20. This fee is waived for Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program alumni. The nominal participation fee of $350 for each applicant who is accepted may be covered by employers.


For more information about Emerging Leaders or to apply,

visit www.AlumniCorps.org.

Have questions?

Contact EmergingLeaders@AlumniCorps.org

New Emerging Leaders Program A Success

Program Leader Hilary Joel '85 with the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders. From L to R: Lopez' 10, Segal, Lewis LaMonica '08, Lyon '09, Host, Carlis, Lindsey *07, Fesler '01, Joel '85, Parker '06, Simmons '03, Fridirici '06

“The Emerging Leaders program has not only provided me with useful tools for understanding  how I can become a better leader in my current position, but has inspired me to continue to improve my network, my self-awareness, and my skills so that I can build a lifelong career in the nonprofit sector.”  

               –  Elizabeth Lindsey *07, DC Emerging Leader, Managing Director of The DC Project

With participants scheduled to attend their fifth session this month, Princeton AlumniCorps’ new Emerging Leaders program is well underway and already providing tangible benefits to aspiring nonprofit leaders in Washington, DC.

Feedback from participants to date has been overwhelmingly positive. Susan Lyon ’09, Special Assistant for Energy and Environmental Policy at the Center for American Progress, shares:

“Let me put it this way—when I told my DC colleagues about Emerging Leaders, they all wanted to join. The program has really added value to my Princeton education after Princeton. Alumni programming is one of the reasons why I chose to attend Princeton, and this makes me glad I did. Specifically, the expert combination of management theory, speaker series, and hands-on brainstorming makes Emerging Leaders an incredibly useful series of workshops and trainings.”

The program curriculum interweaves the development of leadership, management, and hard nonprofit skills with mentoring, peer support, and networking within the sector. Simultaneously, Emerging Leaders are putting their learning into action as they design and execute projects that generate real results for their organizations. The pilot Emerging Leaders program runs for 10 months, culminating in a celebration and presentation by the participants in March 2011.

Program sessions to date have featured presentations from well-known leaders in the nonprofit sector, including: Judith Sandalow, Executive Director of The Children’s Law Center; Eric Schweikert, CFO of Share Our Strength; and Khari Brown, Executive Director of Capital Partners for Education.

Over the course of the next six months, participants will continue to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to advance their professional contributions and accelerate their careers in the nonprofit sector.

To learn more about Emerging Leaders, please visit www.alumnicorps.org


AlumniCorps Hires Rachel Benevento, New Program Manager for Community Volunteers & Emerging Leaders

Rachel Benevento and Kef Kasdin '85

Rachel Benevento is the newest member of the Princeton AlumniCorps team.  Most recently, she worked at VolunteerConnect in Princeton, creating a skills-based volunteer pilot program. Rachel also served as a VolunteerConnect board member, helping to create a new service model for the organization. Previously, she engaged corporate employees in cancer education and fundraising initiatives for the American Cancer Society.

Rachel has also worked at Columbia University where she founded the Alumni Partnership Program, connecting current and former students on a personal level through various forums. As a board member for Community Impact at Columbia, she advised staff and student coordinators on programmatic challenges and evaluated new program proposals. She earned an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has worked as a freelance writer and editor. Rachel holds a B.A. in history from Columbia.

Regarding Community Volunteers, Rachel writes: “I am excited to help Community Volunteers reach its potential in engaging mid-career alumni in meaningful public service opportunities. Matching the professional expertise of program participants to the needs of  local nonprofit organizations will provide critical outlets for alumni to channel their passions and make a difference in their community.”

Contact Rachel to learn about Community Volunteers and Emerging Leaders at RBenevento@alumnicorps.org.

Emerging Leaders Pilot Program Set to Launch June 5 in Washington, DC


Emerging Leaders Program Coordinator Hilary Joel '85 with AlumniCorps Board members Prof. Stan Katz and Margie Rosa '74

   Princeton AlumniCorps’ Emerging Leaders professional development program is launching this June in Washington, DC! The program has already generated a great deal of interest from area nonprofit employees and alumni of the Project 55 Fellowship Program. We plan to announce our first class of Emerging Leaders over the 2011 Reunions weekend.

   Emerging Leaders is designed to transform young professionals working in the public interest into invested nonprofit leaders. Participants will develop the leadership capabilities, management skills, and confidence to accelerate their careers while yielding tangible results and lasting value for the nonprofit sector. Over the course of ten months, participants will develop leadership competencies and sector-specific skills, benefit from mentor and peer support, and practice “leadership-in-action.”

   The program has the twofold potential to transform the career trajectories of those who show promise as future leaders of the nonprofit sector, and, as a result, to have a transformative impact on the sector itself. Emerging Leaders welcomes participation from graduates of Princeton and other universities who are committed to innovative leadership in the nonprofit sector.

   The pilot program, set to begin on June 5, will include full and half day sessions taking place once a month until April 2012. The curriculum includes a “stretch” project where the participants will plan, manage, and execute a specific goal within their organizations.   

   The lead facilitator and trainer for the Emerging Leaders curriculum is Hilary Joel ’85. Joel is an executive coach and management consultant with 25 years of experience across numerous industries. With the program’s promising outlook, AlumniCorps hopes to develop a tested, scalable curriculum that can be adapted for use with future cohorts in cities around the country.

Email : EmergingLeaders@alumnicorps.org.

AlumniCorps Launches New Program for Emerging NonProfit Leaders

Princeton AlumniCorps has launched our newest initiative, the Emerging Leaders professional development program.

In its pilot year, we are welcoming applications from alumni in the Washington, DC area who are currently working in the nonprofit sector. We hope to expand to new communities in the near future.

Learn more and apply today!

We hope that Emerging Leaders will help us to continue the chain of programming AlumniCorps offers to alumni throughout their lives. Our Project 55 fellowships offer exposure to the nonprofit sector, Emerging Leaders helps to support and equip the nonprofit leaders of tomorrow, and Community Volunteers provides meaningful civic engagement opportunities for alumni in mid life.

Thank you for your support and interest as Princeton AlumniCorps engages alumni of all ages, from all institutions, in the public interest.