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Tag: Young Leaders

Detroit Leaders Create Space for Rejuvenation, Reflection, and Practice

On the evening of October 29, a group of Detroit youth leaders – all under 40 – gathered in the living room of an immaculate home operated by Sister Mary and four other progressive nuns in the Detroit metro area.  At 39, I barely made the age cut off.  But was...more

Independent Sector’s NGen Program

This past year, I’ve been a part of the advisory committee for Independent Sector’s NGen pre-conference.  I’ve also been an attendee for the past 5 years.  More and more I’ve seen associations such as Independent Sector try to increase programming for...more

Vision for Change Webinar Recap

Last week, Caroline McAndrews and Helen Kim hosted a webinar that reviewed the findings of our Vision for Change report, which was based on in-depth interviews with social justice leaders under 40.  Here, Caroline recaps the event, including insights shared by Carlos Saavedra, a guest on the webinar and one of the participants in the study.

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Leaving Long-term Leadership

Building Movement Project recently teamed up with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Fellows Network and Tim Wolfred an expert on executive transitions (who consults for his former employer CompassPoint in his new stage of work) to conduct focus groups with older leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. The results can be found in Reports from the Field: The Next Stage: Leaving Long-term Leadership which offers some important insights that confirm our other findings. The Report highlights both the personal stories and structural barriers facing those who have recently left their leadership positions and those still in leadership who are thinking about their next move. It offers some of the challenges in leaving and points out how we need to move from seeing these experiences as individual problems to one that is collectively shared. Here, Frances Kunreuther reflects on what the implications of these findings are, both for long-term leaders contemplating their own transitions out of executive roles, and for the sector as a whole.

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The Pipeline Project

MacArthur Antigua, Director of Alumni Engagement for Public Allies, talks about how our recent Vision for Change report helped to accelerate Public Allies's "Pipeline Project"- an effort to develop their national alumni network as a strong, diverse, and reliable talent pipeline for public and social sector organizations in order to positively impact the lives of children and families in local communities. MacArthur and our own Director of Research & Documentation, Caroline McAndrews, recently hosted a webinar with participants in the project to introduce a new leadership assessment tool and discuss the findings of the report.

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Webinar: Vision for Change, A New Wave of Social Justice Leadership

This webinar will explore the findings of Vision for Change, a report based on seventeen interviews with US social justice leaders under 40 who serve as the executive or co-director of an organization. Author Helen S. Kim and Director of Research & Documentation Caroline McAndrews will detail what it takes for these leaders to do their jobs and what is needed to make concrete change that will support their visions and help to build a stronger progressive infrastructure for all stakeholders. In addition, we’ll hear from individuals interviewed for the report to find out where they are at now, and how they address the challenges they face in their work.more

Vision for Change

This report details the specific findings of our conversations with seventeen US social justice leaders under 40 who serve as the executive director or co-director of an organization. Our goal was to learn more about the experiences of younger leaders committed to large-scale change. It was clear from the interviews that they are driven by their commitment to their organizations, and wanted to contribute to a larger movement for social change. Yet, they face big challenges that shed light on the changing landscape of the movement and on the infrastructure that's needed to create sustainable managers, organizations, and networks for years to come. This report focuses on what it takes for these leaders to do their jobs and makes recommendations for concrete change that will support their visions, and help to build a stronger progressive infrastructure for all stakeholders.

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Independent Sector’s NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now

Independent Sector’s NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now is coming to San Francisco November 10 and 11. Register for this two day conference today and receive the rate of $150 before September 14.more

Leadership Development and Leadership Change

In partnership with Movement Strategy Center, the National Community Development Institute, and the Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action, Building Movement Project surveyed over 30 organizations about their leadership development practices and conducted 15 interviews with staff members of social change organizations in the Bay Area and nationally to explore the ways they develop organizational leadership and the impact on leadership transition. The themes and lessons that emerged from our interviews reflect the premise that organizational values, structure, culture and power inform and transform leadership in social change organizations, specifically those promoting women, people of color, younger generation and constituent leaders.more

Working Across Generations

Now available! Working Across Generations, winner of the Axiom Gold Medal for Philanthropy, offers a comprehensive look at the leadership and generational shifts in the nonprofit sector. Order your copy now! more

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