A nurse. A designer. A school principal. Varying genders, racial and ethnic backgrounds, physical abilities and economic classes. With an age range from 18 to 60, a group of 26 Central New York diverse individuals class recently graduated from Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders, a program designed to empower those often overlooked for leadership positions in our community. On March 29 the group started their eight-week journey, learning from community experts about such topics as Board ABCs, organizational lifecycles, group dynamics, networking and conflict resolution.
“NTL was a tremendous experience for me, not only imparting a wealth of knowledge on the particulars of board membership but also giving me a renewed sense of hope for our community,” participant Ryan Maness said at the graduation.
Participant Tatiana Nobles added “I have acquired the tools to not only serve on a non-profit board of directors, but do so competently and confidently. To heal our city and its residents, it’s imperative that all community stakeholders are at the table: heard, represented and valued. The NTL program is paramount in accomplishing this feat.”
At the graduation ceremony Jennifer Saunders of News Channel 9, a 2015 graduate of NTL¸ spoke about her journey and career, and several graduates shared their thoughts. After the graduates received their certificates the evening concluded with a speed networking activity with representatives from 22 nonprofits who had participated in an earlier board diversity workshop.
NTL is designed and coordinated by the Gifford Foundation, in partnership with the Central New York Community Foundation, Leadership Greater Syracuse, the Human Services Leadership Council and City of Syracuse residents. The purpose is to increase inclusivity and diversity on non-profit boards; enhance the pool of effective board members and new leaders; educate and inspire those who participate and provide quality training to individuals in the community. Since its inception in the fall of 2014 the NTL program has now graduated 104 community leaders and connected them with over 32 local boards.
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