Leadership Spotlight: Nonprofit Leadership Institute

leadership spotlight: nonprofit leadership institute

Through the generosity of individual donors and four Berkshire Taconic area funds, executive directors from eight organizations throughout the region participated in the 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Institute, a collaborative peer-learning program to help build leadership and management skills. 

Facilitated by veteran consultant Janet André Block and using The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge as a foundation, the biennial program offers a transformative learning experience that builds confidence and skills, and puts theory into immediate practice.  

Participants included (back row, left to right): Nick Pohl, Housatonic Youth Service Bureau; Rosalie Girard, Berkshire Nursing Families; facilitator Janet André Block; Carolyn Valli, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity; Gwendolyn VanSant, Multicultural BRIDGE; Ananda Timpane, Railroad Street Youth Project; and Bethany St. Dennis, Family Resource Centers of Columbia County. Front row, left to right: Erica Joncyk, David M. Hunt Library; and Jenny Hansell, North East Community Center.

Research shows that capacity-building helps nonprofits increase service delivery and effectiveness; strengthen their financial position and fundraising programs; foster collaboration and information-sharing with peers; and build stronger, more engaged boards.

Here's what a few of this year's participants had to say about the program:

"This course has been tremendously helpful in framing strategies that enhance our leadership skills. Having a place where directors can candidly discuss issues in a supported environment is extremely helpful."
Rosalie Girard, Berkshire Nursing Families

"Janet was an amazing consultant. She is very motivating and inspirational, while also providing practical, concrete tools for getting the job done. I feel very fortunate to have been selected to participate."
Bethany St. Dennis, Family Resource Center

"I have been able to reflect on the five disciplines and incorporate [them] into my work, which is really key." 
Gwendolyn VanSant, Multicultural BRIDGE