First published in “Giving in Action: Marlboro College Philanthropy Magazine”
Budgets, boards, organizational management, and staff development are just a few of the daily challenges faced by nonprofit organizations, made more difficult in a small, rural state like Vermont where nonprofit leaders can feel isolated. Marlboro College is meeting those challenge through the Center for New Leadership (CNL), launched in 2015 to provide a variety of programs for emerging nonprofit leaders in the region. CNL was buoyed by a generous grant last year from American Express Foundation, a national leader in corporate social responsibility with high-profile grantees ranging from the American India Foundation to the National Urban League.
First published in “Giving in Action Marlboro College Philanthropy Magazine”
A program of Marlboro College’s Center for New Leadership, Women’s Leadership Circles (WLC) of Vermont have been providing training, tools, and support for women in leadership positions since 2011. In March they convened the first-ever statewide gathering drawing together women from WLCs around the state, made possible through the generous support of the law firm of Downs Rachlin Martin.
We’re delighted to introduce six new management faculty members who will be teaching courses in the our MSM and MBA programs. We are inspired by their work to bring pragmatic, effective tools and processes in support of social justice, community sustainability, and collaborative leadership, and look forward to working and learning together with them. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome!Melissa Weekes-Laidlow, former managing director of Race Forward: The Center for Race Jusice Innovation, is now Social Entrpreneur in Residence at Echoing Green as well as president of her own organizational development firm in New York focused on social innovation, racial equity, collaborative leadership and arts and culture. She holds an M.Div from Harvard, J.D. from NYU and BA at Wesleyan. Melissa will teach “Equity, Equality and Inclusion” this fall. Curtis Ogden is senior associate at Interaction Institute for Social Change, VP of the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund board, and a member of the Food Solutions New England Network design team. As guest faculty in the “Equity, Equality and Inclusion” course, he brings his expertise in leadership development, program design and community building. Curtis earned his BA at U Michigan and M.Div at Harvard. Beth Tener, principal of New Directions Collaborative and former ED of Sustainable Steps New England, works with collaborative cross-sector initiatives to address complex challenges such as transition to a clean energy economy and revitalizing communities. Bringing decades of experience in network thinking and collaborative leadership, Beth joins veteran faculty-partner Tristan Toleno to co-design and co-teach “Advanced Systems Leadership” this fall. Beth holds an MS from the Imperial College in London, BA from Bates, and a certificate in Permaculture Design. Kevin McQueen, joining Marlboro to teach “Foundations of Financial Decision-Making” this fall, balances his extensive experience in corporate finance with a deep commitment to facilitating social change through mission-driven organizations. He pursues these dual passions as a partner at BWB Solutions LLC, a national consulting firm specializing in planning, governance and impact investing. Kevin serves as Chairman of the Board of Partners for the Common Good, and has published on practices to promote success among low-income entrepreneurs. Kevin holds his AB from Brown University, and also teaches at Parsons School of Design and the New School’s Milano School Tina Lee Hadari, creator of the spring “Launching Nonprofit Ventures” course, united her arts expertise and commitment to social justice by creating Music Haven, an award-winning organization that provides music education, performance and leadership development opportunities to low-income young people in New Haven, CT., After many years as the founder-director of Music Haven, Tina is now a creative strategist working with nonprofits to accelerate their growth and social impact, Tina earned a dual BA from Tufts and New England Conservatory, an MA from Yale, and a Ph.D. in music from University of Colorado. Robert Crowley is the director of IT at Hampshire College and the founder-CEO of Pivotwerks, a firm that uses right-brain tools to solve left-brain problems using design thinking and agile execution. With both a bachelor’s degree and a Certificate in Project Management from Marlboro, Bob came back to the Grad School this spring to co-design and co-teach a new MBA seminar in “Ideation, Design Thinking and Strategy” with veteran MBA faculty-partner Cheryl Eaton.
Friday, August 19 // 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM
The Hannah Grimes Center is thrilled to offer the Nonprofit Management Certificate in partnership with the Marlboro College Graduate School and the Center for New Leadership (CNL). The Certificate, a program of CNL, is a 10-week program designed to teach nonprofit leaders the skills you need to strengthen your nonprofit organization and better achieve your mission.
Students in the Nonprofit Management Program are active practitioners and leaders in Northern New England’s vibrant nonprofit community. Learning takes place in day-long, face-to-face intensives, and continues outside of class in the online portal.
With generous support from the AD Henderson Foundation, the TD Charitable Fund, and C&S Wholesale Grocers, scholarships are also available to participants.Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/info-session-for-the-nonprofit-management-certificate-tickets-26877571540?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Apply+for+one+of+our+scholarships%21&utm_campaign=Eblast+8%2F10
This month concludes our first official year as the Center for New Leadership. As a learning organization, we are committed to reflecting on our work and applying what we learned to future endeavors.
If you’ve participated in our programs or worked with our consultants, you’ve probably filled out our evaluation form. We are always curious about how folks liked the training and the trainer overall, and in true RBA style, we also want to know if people feel that they are better off for having participated. That’s why we ask questions such as, “How likely are you to use what you learned in your personal or professional life?” and, “To what degree did you increase your knowledge, skills, leadership skills and professional network?”
Below is a small sampling of some of the data we gathered. I am excited to share our accomplishments, and I am looking forward to working with more of you over the coming year. Get in touch if you have questions about CNL, or any ideas for collaboration. I would love to connect!
Headline Performance Measures:
- We served over 260 unique organizations and 700 individuals, including over 100 leaders in our in depth cohort programs.
- 90% of the time our trainers and consultants were rated “very good” or “outstanding”
- 90% of people who came to a CNL training or event with a learning goal met that goal.
- We launched our consulting corps and hosted two overnight retreats, building a community of trainers and consultants able to bring high-impact consulting and creative collaboration to the mission-driven sector.
- Our consulting corps provided over 250 hours of direct, individualized organizational development and training to the mission-driven sector.
- We expanded our expertise to include collective impact, and have worked with three communities to leverage community power at the population level for change.
- We hosted the first ever Results-Based Accountability Master Trainer & Practitioner Conference, bringing together experts in Vermont to delve deeper into RBA and launch a community of practice.
- Our work with Results-Based Accountability was featured in Mark Friedman’s new book, “Turning Curves, an Accountability Companion Reader,” and at the 2016 International RBA Summit in Baltimore.
- Through the Board Leadership Institute we have reports of four individuals joining boards in Windham County, and one organization hiring a new facilities manager.
- We launched a new partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Northern New England and kicked off our work together with a co-designed and marketed plenary breakfast.
TD Charitable Fund
Vermont Community Foundation
American Express Foundation
Windham Foundation “We’re proud to support the development and expansion of Marlboro’s Center for New Leadership’s programs. Leadership development for nonprofit professionals is essential for the future success of the sector and, ultimately, the communities nonprofits serve. Through this grant, we hope to continue to support communities in New England and beyond.” – Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation.
To address this need, we teamed up with master facilitator Andy Robinson to offer tool-based workshops in facilitation.
We held our first workshop this June in Waterbury and feedback for Andy was glowing. One participant wrote, “this was one of those trainings from which I left with concrete tools, activities and approaches I can/will use with my trainings moving forward. Rich content–best three hours spent at a training ever!”
ALIGN: Advanced Leadership Institute for Growing Nonprofits
with Jeff Bercuvitz
August 26 – October 29, 2016
Working for the greater good can feel overwhelming. To remain energized on the front lines of positive community transformation, mission-driven leaders need the space, skills, and support to feed their spark.
ALIGN prepares emerging leaders for executive positions in the nonprofit sector of northern New England by helping them clarify personal purpose, develop practices to support work/life balance, form a supportive community of practice, and strengthen the impact of their work in the world.
Our vision is to retain our best and brightest in mission-driven careers and help them perform at their peak by cultivating their practices of sustainable leadership.
Learn more and register: https://www.marlboro.edu/community/cnl/align
The Marlboro College Center for New Leadership has opened registration for the Fall 2016 class of the highly regarded Certificate in Nonprofit Management which will take place in Waterbury, Vermont. This 80-hour series helps nonprofit leaders develop the essential skills needed to strengthen their organizations and achieve their missions.
“The NPM Certificate Program was a great fast track option for busy working nonprofit leaders. The information was practical, the connections helpful and the faculty very experienced. I have a much more complete skill set to bring back to my work place along with a renewed confidence for tackling tough issues in the nonprofit world. I would highly recommend this program to all who want a fast education in leadership, management and planning for nonprofits,” said Julia van Ranson, a 2011 Certificate graduate from Brattleboro.
Classes meet for ten consecutive Fridays, 8:30am to 4:30pm, at the Hannah Grimes Center in downtown Keene, NH, beginning September 16th. Various sources of financial aid are available to support nonprofit participation in this program. To find out more about the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, please email Program Coordinator Kim Lier at email@example.com, or reach her at (802) 251-7690.
Registration is open at https://www.marlboro.edu/admissions/graduate/application/npm/NPM
The third annual Nonprofit Management Summer Camp is a retreat for nonprofit professionals in beautiful southern Vermont. Participants have the opportunity to take two workshops focused on the competencies of their choice. Workshops are tool-based, out-of-your-seat sessions, that encourage participation, connection, and fun.
Summer Camp is an inexpensive way to receive the training you need in an amount of time you can work with. Join us for a day of catching up, connecting with your nonprofit colleagues and innovating sector leaders, and eating s’mores. There will be two 2-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the early afternoon, interlaced with networking/fun events and lunch.
This year’s Summer Camp is on Friday, July 29th from 9:00am to 4:00pm, at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro. To register for Summer Camp, please visit http://bit.ly/CNLSummerCamp
Using LinkedIn to Promote Your Personal Brand with Kate Paine
Time Management with Claire Wheeler
The Role of Trust and Shared Leadership for Collective Impact with Jodi Clark
Clarifying Your Top Values & Life Vision with Travis Hellstrom
Storytelling & Presentation Skills with Hillary Boone
What I Wish I’d Known: Planning The Best GivingTuesday Yet with Debra Askanase
Contact Assistant Director Hillary Orsini with questions at CNL@marlboro.edu
by Kara Hamilton, Admissions Counselor at Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies
Here at Marlboro we are preparing to launch our fall cohort programs. The cohort model shows up throughout the Center for New Leadership and many Marlboro graduate programs– and it’s no accident. This week we wanted to dip into the thinking behind this model, so we spoke with our Teaching and Learning Specialist, Kim Lier.
Kim started working at Marlboro College in 2013 focusing on the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Her combined background in adult-education and project management quickly became integral to the development of the program.
When Kim first started the content was great, but the participants were disconnected. “People used to say that all the important conversation happened in the parking lot afterwards.” The goal, she said, was to “bring those parking-lot-conversations into the the workshop space more intentionally and not just have them be accidental.”
As Kim took on more of a leadership role with the Certificate she began to spend more time with each cohort, both in the beginning to help everyone get to know each other and throughout to create a sense of continuity. It worked. People started to draw connections between the different speakers and they really bonded.
We asked Kim from her perspective as a learning specialist about the significance of those bonds. She told us that an important part of adult learning is having immediate applicability.
“If you’re able to ask a question about your life or your work that’s really real then you get an answer that you can immediately use. If you don’t feel safe asking those kinds of questions then you’re not going to get the same kind of answer that’s really specific to you. In the certificate especially [the participants] start to really know each other’s organizations, because they talk about them a lot, and the trust is really important there. If they don’t feel like the confidentially agreement [that nothing shared will go beyond the room] is in place then they’re not as likely to share information.”
Trust, she said, is really important in the other cohort programs as well, particularly for the Women’s Leadership Circles which place so much emphasis on personal leadership development. It’s not all about ice-breakers, and potlucks though, she told us.
Last week the CNL staff and consultants went on a retreat with the intention of forging stronger connections between the consultants. Prior to the retreat it had been suggested that doing the work was also a way to build community. As a result the group did several workshops together: Hillary Boone and Kate McGowan led a workshop on Results Based Accountability and Joe Heslin did one on sales and marketing pitches. “We learned different things about each other than we would have in typical community building exercises.” Kim said. “That’s the direction that this community is going: deepening [our] connections to each other by learning and working together.”
In the end these actions feed each other: we build connections to do better work, and we do the work to build better connections.