2016 Leadership with Purpose Program

In order for emerging professionals (of all ages) to build careers that are both right for them and good for the world, they must take a very different approach from that of the past.  To succeed, emerging professionals must “found their career” just as an entrepreneur might found a new organization.

This program helped me identify my purpose within social change work, as well as my individual strengths and weaknesses.  It also empowered me to create a career that aligned with my passion and skill set.

Designed as a leadership exploration cohort for participants from diverse backgrounds and experiences, this program consisted of three non-consecutive full day convening held over a three month period. These convenings were located in Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Detroit.  As a part of the cohort, I was exposed to different nonprofits, nonprofit leaders, and causes across Michigan.  I attended all three convenings to maximize learning, networking, and clarity on making a career meaningful and impactful.  Each convening featured local nonprofit leaders who provided advice and experience.

In addition, I gained access to Michigan Nonprofit Association’s resources through a new year-long “Career Development MNA Membership.”  This membership provides on-going professional development and immersion into Michigan’s nonprofit sector.

More information about MNA and the second cohort of Leadership with Purpose participants can be found in this press release.

Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) today announced the second cohort of their annual Leadership with Purpose program. Fifty-five participants from across the state will attend three convenings to maximize learning, networking, and clarity on making a career meaningful and impactful. Each session will feature local nonprofit leaders who will provide advice and experience. The program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is intended to equip diverse talent with the knowledge and direction to have successful careers in Michigan’s nonprofit sector. “Developing future leaders is of vital importance for Michigan’s nonprofit sector,” said Donna MurrayBrown, MNA President & CEO. “Through the Leadership with Purpose program, this group of passionate individuals will be prepared to take the next steps in their nonprofit careers and provide leadership for our sector.”

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