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October 2020
BOLD News
BOLD 4 begins in October and we are honored to welcome our largest BOLD class yet. We believe the virtual nature of the program is making it more accessible to the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky community. The press release below was shared with the public this week. Read the full story to see who is participating.

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BOLD would not be possible without the generous support of the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation. Leadership Council sat down with V Ruth Klette for a BOLD discussion and grant ceremony last month.
BOLD Leaders
BOLD Alumni Spotlight - YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, one of the largest nonprofits in Greater Cincinnati, has a board of 35 individuals. 10% of their board came through the doors of BOLD. This week BOLD had an opportunity to speak with Jorge Perez, President & CEO, and Heather Pfaltzgraff, Director of Administration of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. We are working with Heather and Jorge on the BOLD curriculum. Heather shared their new board chair, Roddell McCullough, Senior Vice President of Community Development at First Financial Bank, is a BOLD graduate. We went back into the BOLD database and saw Roddell graduated from the program in 2013. Jack looked up their board of directors and found three more BOLD graduates. They included Kenneth Blewett, Founder of Fast-Cycle X, BOLD graduate in 2017; Matthew Michael, Senior Vice President at KeyBank, BOLD graduate in 2015; Saleel Muzumdar, Finance Group Manager at P&G 2016.

What BOLD board story would you like to share? Send them to us here.
Behind the Scenes of BOLD with Leadership Council Intern Annie Hugenberg
“I have had the great pleasure of working closely with the BOLD program and the BOLD 3 class. The BOLD sessions gave me new insight and allowed me to be a part of conversations not many 20-year-olds have the opportunity. I learned so much during these sessions; I feel like I am practically ready to be a board member! I have learned that being on a board is a huge responsibility and can have a tremendous impact. What stood out is as a board member, you have the power to shape the organization, and then the community, to do what is best. BOLD empowers professionals to ensure their time as board members are more about making change and enhancing an organization, instead of just learning and checking off boxes.

My favorite conversations came from the questions that the BOLD 3 class would ask our speakers. During one discussion, someone asked a question that stood out to me, "how is that still a thing? This question was a response to someone pondering how they would know what organization to serve. What mission makes you say how is that still a thing? As a sophomore in college, I have spent hours questioning and discerning what I want to do with my life and career. This simple question made me realize what I have been internalizing for a while but could never put into such parameters. Am I currently working toward that question? Am I working to make an impact on the mission of how is that still a thing?

My time as an honorary BOLD participant was such a thought-provoking experience. I know what I learned will influence my decisions as I step into my professional career. My hope that as you read this reflection, you have been able to reflect on what you were feeling post-BOLD and reignite an inspiration within you to serve.”
Connect | Opportunities to Serve
Cincinnati Cares is hosting their BoardConnect event on October 21st from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. This virtual event is a unique experience to:
  • Connect one-on-one with nonprofit leaders in our community seeking to fill board and committee positions
  • Review a list of organizations that have strong matching potential
  • Talk and decide if you are the right fit for various organizations

If you are interested in attending the BoardConnect event, register today! You must create a BoardConnect profile to attend.
Generation Now has a mission to encourage the continued development and engagement of our young professionals in the greater Cincinnati area. Their vision is to enhance the vitality of the Tri-State region by promoting and developing a strong community of professionals ranging in the ages from 18-40. Email your board experience/resume to renika.smiley@gennowcincy.org.
They have the following executive team roles available:
  • Chairperson
  • Co-chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Parliamentarian 
The Campbell Conservancy is a 100% volunteer organization working with landowners in northern Kentucky and the surrounding region to protect and conserve land and farms. We share a deep appreciation for the value of our forest, farms, and streams so critical to the long-term vitality of our region. The purpose of the Campbell Conservancy, founded in 2001 as a non-profit corporation, is to work with local landowners to protect and conserve land with special natural, agricultural or scenic value for the benefit of current and future generations. Email your board experience/resume to EricBeck@michelman.com.
They have the following executive team roles available:
  • General director positions
Building Blocks for Kids envisions a community where the needs of children with physical, emotional and developmental challenges are being met. Our mission is to bridge the funding gap for products and services that help improve the quality of life for these children. Email your board experience/resume to bold@leadershipcouncil.us. They have three executive positions available.
What We Are Reading...
Failure is not an Option: How Nonprofit Boards Can Support Leaders of Color by Idalia Fernandez, Monisha Kapila, and Angela Romans
Educate | Benefits of Board Service?
The BOLD team explains the benefits behind board service. These are great videos to share with anyone who is considering the program. We encourage you to share them on social media and tag the program.
BOLD 5 applications are now open. The application period will be open until 1/29/2021. Apply today!
Engage with Us on Social Media
Are you a BOLD alumnus? We are on a mission to capture as many stories of our nearly 1,500 graduates on FlipGrid. Listen to this special message from Leadership Council to you and share your story here.
Thank You to Our BOLD Sponsors!