Leadership Spotlight: Strengthening Nonprofits


It’s a busy year ahead for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. 

First up in 2016 is the Nonprofit Leadership Institute, which helps executive directors build their leadership and management skills through a collaborative peer-learning program.

Facilitated by veteran consultant Janet André Block and using The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge as a foundation, the program offers a transformative learning experience that builds confidence and skills, and puts theory into immediate practice. Each small group meets together for five full days, then individual participants receive two full days of personalized coaching and consulting.

This year’s participants are: Rosalie Girard, Berkshire Nursing Families; Jenny Hansell, Northeast Community Center; Erica Joncyk, David M. Hunt Library; Nick Pohl, Housatonic Youth Service Bureau; Ananda Timpane, Railroad Street Youth Project; Carolyn Valli, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity; and Gwendolyn VanSant, Multicultural Bridge. 

Their participation is made possible through the generosity of individual donors and four Berkshire Taconic area funds. 

Next, we’re accepting applications for scholarships to Harvard Business School's 'Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management' program. This intensive six-day program draws nonprofit CEOs, presidents and executives who are shaping the direction, policies and major programs of nonprofits around the world. Applications are due March 1. You can learn more here.

Finally, we welcome two new members to the CNE advisory board: Nancy Heaton, executive director of the Foundation for Community Health, and Rhiannon Leo-Jameson, director of the NorthEast-Millerton Library.

Begun as a pair of seminars for nonprofits in 1998, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence has grown to include two intensive leadership training programs for nonprofit leaders and scholarships to two world-class professional development programs at Harvard Business School. Thanks to several generous donors, an endowment for the CNE was established in 1999 to allow rich programming this year, and for years to come. 

Together, we are empowering nonprofits to build strong boards, hire expert staff and run quality programs—because we all benefit in the end.