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June 2021
Executive Director's Message - Jenny Berg
“I’m a Believer"

Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of “popping in” on our Leaders Circles groups over zoom, or in-person groups. What I’ve heard over and over is how this past year they really leaned into each other to support, challenge, hold accountable, and share resources that were critical to helping them get through this past challenging year. They never felt alone, because they had developed this network of trusted peers. This article from the Harvard Business Review confirms the benefits of peer-to-peer coaching groups like our Leaders Circles.

One of our circle participants, Bralynda, COO at Cincinnati Union Bethel shared her experience:
One of the 3 Development Director Leaders Circle groups got together in person at their last meeting! Thanks to our 15 generous volunteer facilitators who are a big part of the program.
"For many years, I’ve heard many colleagues rave about their experience in their leader's circle. But I just assumed it was a vent session where people sat and complained about their bosses and colleagues so I wanted no part of it. In 2020, I finally decided to give it a try, and guess what? I am a believer! I quickly bonded with our group of professionals and facilitator and through our meetings, we developed a confidential, transparent, constructive, and supportive place where we could share without judgment and receive creative and practical suggestions and encouragement. I am looking forward to my Leaders Circles starting up again. It was worth my investment of time, I got more out of it than I ever expected and as a direct result of my Leader’s Circle experience, I believe I have grown as a leader."

We welcome the staff, from a variety of roles, of our Leadership Council members to join a leader's circle. The Circles meet monthly through May 2022, and the program begins at an in-person meeting in September. For more information and to register, click HERE.

Nonprofit Offerings
Board Meeting Observations
The Board Orientation + Leadership Development (BOLD) program provides its participants a chance to observe nonprofit board meetings. This year, we are encouraging our Leadership Council for Nonprofit member organizations to consider this opportunity. Members have typically been willing to allow 2-3 participants to observe their meetings at a time. BOLD class dates are here.

If you are available to host a BOLD participant to observe your meeting please complete this form. All information will remain confidential, and the observer will be making notes on this observation sheet.
Events Calendar
Jun 16
COVID-19 Vaccine and Other “Post”-Pandemic Employment Issues Webinar
As the vaccine rollout is in full swing and restrictions on business operations are changing, nonprofit employers are faced with crucial decisions about how to resume operations and bring employees back into the workplace. Click Here for More Information & to Register
Jul 30
deadline to apply
Leaders Circles Now Forming for 2021-2022
Have you ever wished you had a trusted group of nonprofit peers to coach, encourage, validate, challenge, support and hold you accountable as you grow as a leader? Then consider the Leaders Circle program. In 2020/21 almost 150 people participated in 16 different leaders circle and shared that this program was a lifesaver that helped them navigate through COVID-19 challenges and changes, and build a bright future.
Click Here for More Information & to Register
Jul 30
deadline to apply
BOLD - Class #7
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

Get to know more about our BOLD leaders HERE.
Welcome to New Members
Prince Ellis, President & Co-Founder

Matthew Kyle, Executive Director

Gloria Walker, Executive Director
Member Spotlight
ArtWorks Cincinnati
ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization creates jobs for youth, ages 14-21 with the majority from underserved households, providing competitive 21st-century career-readiness skills through mentorship by professional artists. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed nearly 4000 youth and 3,500 creative professionals, and the organization has completed more than 14,000 public and private art projects that include 200 permanent outdoor murals.
Colleen Houston, CEO & Artistic Director of ArtWorks, (and former youth apprentice alumna) has led ArtWorks creative impact for 18 years including launching ArtWorks award-winning mural program producing over 200 public murals and hundreds of other public art projects in the Cincinnati region. She serves on the Boards of Mini Microcinema and Wave Pool, two community-focused arts organizations. Colleen and her husband Andy, an elementary art teacher, are the parents of two girls. Colleen is also a photographer and loves the outdoors. 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 Board of Directors
President Jennifer Loeb
President Elect - Vanessa Freytag
Treasurer - Bob Wilson
Secretary - Bill Tucker

Executive Director - Jenny Berg
Deborah Allsop
Danielle Amrine
Mike Baker
Debbie Brooks
Jeff Corney
Mary Delaney
Megan Fischer
Mark Lawson
Jeff O'Neil
Jorge Perez
Adrienne Russ
Kristin Smith Shrimplin
Annie Timmons