Ten management staff from local nonprofit organizations recently graduated from “Leading for Good: A Program for Those Who Seek to be Outstanding Nonprofit Leaders”. The six- month, 36-hour course was attended by managers from Generations Family Health Center, the Town of Mansfield, Access Community Action Agency, and Eastern CT State University.
The course was offered by Access in partnership with the Nonprofit Alliance of Northeast CT. Peter DeBiasi, Access President/CEO, was the lead instructor. As the course name suggests, “Leading for Good” was designed to inspire and empower more effective leaders who can influence and achieve results with both the customers they serve and the staff with whom they work.
The class participants benefited from guest lecturers including State Representatives Mae Flexer and Diana Urban, and the Director of UConn’s Nonprofit Leadership Program Dave Garvey, who shared their wisdom about and experience with leadership.
The participants, as part of their course requirement, committed to a leadership project related to their existing job duties and responsibilities that helped their organization implement its Mission. Leadership projects were meant to enhance not only job performance and leadership skills but also teach that in organizational life leadership communication goes hand-in-hand with success—and the effective application of this skill is particularly essential in reaching out to help folks in our community.
“By creating opportunity that creates stronger non-profit leaders, we are creating stronger communities,” said participant Cindy Torrence, Access Director of Quality Assurance. “The opportunity for leaders from different nonprofit organizations to work together in this manner creates a synergy that increases our ability and propensity to work collaboratively in the future. This is a win-win for all involved and for our community”.
The Access Community Action Agency is the federal and state designated northeast Connecticut anti-poverty agency. Access provides food, emergency shelter, energy assistance, energy conservation services, job and life skills training, youth mentoring, group homes, senior housing and more for low-income families and individuals. For more information about Access’ services, call (860) 450-7400 in the Willimantic area, (860) 412-1600 in the Danielson area, or visit www.accessagency.org.