JUNE 13, 2018
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Program Updates:
Board Build 2018
On January 12th, Support Center launched Board Build 2018 in partnership with NYC’s Department of Youth and Community Development. The competitive opportunity offered seven organizations the chance to join a community of practice centered around governance. Developing nonprofit leadership has been at the core of Support Center’s mission. Recently, they’ve renewed their commitment to focus on leadership development within and across organizations. Board Build 2018 provides participants with stand alone workshops, 1:1 consulting projects and access to resources, such as, the Board Governance Field Review, co-authored by Alissa Schwartz and Keith Timko. All participants who successfully completed the program received a Board Governance Certification. The cohort concluded the week of May 28th. During the closing session, participants were encouraged to share their experience with the program. Melinda Murray, Founder of Dominica A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation said, “Thank you so much for taking the time today to spend with our board. We learned a lot about who we are and what we can accomplish together (with your help of course). More importantly my take away from this entire experience is not one person can do everything, but every one (or many) can do something.”

The cohort included the following organizations:
  • Chess in the Schools
  • Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation
  • Harriman Summer Camp S-11
  • Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • Serious Fun After School, Inc.
  • Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers
  • The Horticultural Society of New York

To learn more about the initiative and how to apply for Board Build 2019, please contact Lakimja Mattocks at .
Interim Executive Director Gathering
On the evening of Thursday, May 10th, Support Center hosted a gathering for our community of interim leaders at the J.M. Kaplan Fund. This event, held roughly every year and a half, offered the latest Interim ED Training alumni the opportunity to engage with some of our seasoned interims and share their experience from the training and recent placements. Support Center’s interims continue to provide stable, strong, and highly regarded leadership to organizations in transition. Support Center currently has 11 interim EDs leading organizations in New York City and New Jersey. The next Interim ED Training is scheduled to take place on October 4-5, 2018 (application will open over the summer). For more information about Support Center’s interim executive director program and future trainings, please click here .
2018 Leadership Collaborative Kick-Off
On May 10th, Support Center launched the 2018 Leadership Collaborative in partnership with American Express. The Collaborative serves as Support Center’s fourth leadership cohort and looks to broaden the scope for the Trajectory Leadership Group. The program integrates existing elements of Support Center’s leadership and supervision workshops into a management community of practice. The Collaborative looks to introduce an opportunity for social and public sector professionals interested in developing their leadership capabilities and management skills for executive roles. To learn more about the program and stay updated with upcoming sessions, click here .
Why are programs like the Leadership Collaborative important to professional development?
I personally think that programs like the Leadership Collaborative are excellent for non-profit leaders to build confidence, self-reflect and realize that all professionals have the ability to become leaders, no matter their background or personality type and get a chance to develop skills they lack. It provides you with an approach to hone in on your strengths while working on challenges that you can overcome with time.

Ishi Sahni, Senior Director of Development at Planned Parenthood

As a leader in a non profit there are a lot of demands on your time. This program is important to step away from the day to day and evaluate your leadership style, learn how to fine tune your skills, and network with other leaders in the field.

Cynthia Amodeo, LMHC, Chief Program Officer at Barrier Free Living
Welcoming Our New Program Associate:
Justine Ambrose
Fun Facts:
What are 3 words to best describe you?
Warm, committed, grounded

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to read, write, run, and generally be outside. I spend a lot of time with friends and family, and I’m involved in activism & advocacy around tenants’ rights and housing justice in NYC.

What book did you read last?
Sula - Toni Morrison
Change Consulting at a Glance:
Chess in the Schools was founded in 1956 to foster the intellectual and social development of low-income youth through chess education. In 2016, Chess in the Schools served 11,500 economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth through its School Program (in-classroom and after-school chess clubs), Scholastic Tournament Program (25 tournaments involving 400-850), College Bound Program and Teacher Training Institute. Support Center is helping the organization with fund development and board recruitment to infuse the board with new energy and focus. Mike Walsh Peissis, Board Chair, recently completed Support Center’s 2018 Board Build initiative and received a Board Governance Certification. When asked about her experience with the program, she said, “Last week’s meeting was very beneficial. I am so appreciative that Chess in the Schools was chosen to participate.” Support Center continues to accelerate positive social change through their commitment to leadership development. To learn more about our change consulting programs, please contact Carolyn Champ at .

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Special Announcements:
50% OFF Special Workshops!
Receive 50% OFF next week’s marketing workshop! Use code  50OFF  at checkout. For more info, click  here .
Support Center seeks new Affiliate Consultants!
Support Center seeks new Affiliate Consultants. Application deadline is June 30, 2018 . To learn more, please click  here .
Stronger Together Borough Talks: How to Create and Maintain More Diverse Boards
We are excited to collaborate with the Department of Youth and Community Development on three upcoming panels focused on how to create and maintain more diverse boards. These events are free to attend. We will be sharing invaluable information and resources for how to broaden the diversity of boards and to build a more inclusive culture.
Race, Gender, and Nonprofit Leadership Focus Groups
Building Movement Project is seeking focus group participation from staff members in the nonprofit sector. These focus groups will take place during the week of  Monday, June 11 th  to Friday, June 15 th . If you can attend and share your insights, please register for the focus group that best describes you and your interests.
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