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January 2021
Executive Director's Message - Jenny Berg
What does belonging look like to you today and why is it important'? The Mayo Clinic says, "The sense of belonging is fundamental to the way humankind organizes itself. ... The social ties that accompany a sense of belonging are a protective factor helping manage stress. When we feel we have support and are not alone, we often cope more effectively with difficult times in our lives.”

What will belonging look like in the future? Vanessa Mason, keynote for our virtual Securing the Future conference on March 4, will focus on "The Future of Belonging in the Age of Omni-Crisis: Pathways for Transformation”. "Omni-Crisis” is a term coined by Ed Yong, a writer at The Atlantic, to describe the COVID pandemic as a crisis that touches everyone everywhere. Vanessa’s newsletter, Future of Belonging, explores how we can redesign tools and remodel approaches to fulfill the basic human need for belonging over the next decade as loneliness, alienation, and exclusion become more pervasive. For more on Vanessa click HERE.

In addition to Vanessa’s keynote, we’ll have many breakout sessions including these four tracks: Boards of the Future, Community Change, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Strategy & Operations to help your nonprofit organization secure its future! Registration for STF 2021 is now open - Click HERE.


New Leadership Council Website Coming
Leadership Council is upgrading its website and we will be able to share your logo, URL, and more!
What’s in it for you? 
Visitors to our website will easily be able to recognize your organization from your logo, learn who the leader is, what your mission is, and what cause(s) you to serve. That helps you because our BOLD graduates (potential board members) can more easily see/search causes they care about, and prospective staff, and/or volunteers, can learn more about your organization with just one click.
Please complete this google form by 2/15/21. Thank you for your help!
Nonprofit Offerings
The Cincinnati ToolBank is offering free PPE, including face masks and hand sanitizer, that can be distributed to anyone within your organization (staff, volunteers, guests, clients, etc.). The masks are disposable surgical masks and the hand sanitizer comes in bottles that are 12.2 fl oz.

  • If you are already a Member of the ToolBank, order your PPE by clicking here!
  • If you’re not a Member, No Problem! Register by clicking here.


If you have any questions, please contact the ToolBank’s program manager, Kristina Anderson, by email Kristina.anderson@toolbank.org or call 513-246-0015.
Remember to Renew Your Leadership Council Membership!

Thank you to Michelle Otten Guenther, ED of Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, for sharing her Leadership Council membership story! (1 minute)
Events Calendar
Jan 29
deadline to apply
BOLD - Class #5
BOLD is Greater Cincinnati’s leading nonprofit board training program. We provide a transformational board leadership development experience to educate and empower local leaders to serve boldly. BOLD is building a stronger community of diverse leaders prepared to serve nonprofit boards. If you are interested in learning more about board service in the Cincinnati/NKY area this is the program for you.
Click Here for More Information & to Apply
Mar 4
Securing the Future Conference
Securing the Future is an annual, half-day conference dedicated to building the strategic, leadership, and resource development skills of the board, staff, and donors of Greater Cincinnati nonprofits. The conference will feature Keynote Speaker, Vanessa Mason, Research Director at the Institute for the Future, as well as 13 Breakout Sessions led by local speakers for a deeper dive into the keynote topic.
Click Here for More Information & to Register

Get to know more about our BOLD leaders HERE.
Welcome to New Members
Joe Workman, Executive Director

Ty Fields, Founder & Chairman

Tom Carleton, Executive Director
Member Spotlight
Dress for Success Cincinnati
The mission of Dress for Success Cincinnati (DFSC) is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and life. We believe each woman deserves the chance to dream and reach her potential because when she does, her impact on her family and the community will be profound.
I had the privilege of joining DFSC as executive director in March 2017, when I transitioned careers from practicing law. In my role, I also serve as executive director of Portaluca, our social enterprise boutique, through which we sell new and new-ish fabulous fashions to the public to help financially support DFSC programs. Read More
Job Opportunities
Check out all the job postings on our FREE job board, HERE

This is a free service to all our LC members.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Leader Level Sponsors:
Collaborator Level Sponsors:
Leadership Council - 2020 Board of Directors
President - Jeff O'Neil
President Elect - Jennifer Goodin
Treasurer - Bob Wilson
Secretary - Bill Tucker

Executive Director - Jenny Berg
Deborah Allsop
Danielle Amrine
Debbie Brooks
Jeff Corney
Mary Delaney
Megan Fischer
Vanessa Freytag
Jim Hudson
Mark Lawson
Jorge Perez
Adrienne Russ
Kristin Smith Shrimplin
Annie Timmons
Moira Weir