February 19, 2019
Foundation for MetroWest Opens Emerging Leaders Academy

January 15, 2018 — The Foundation for MetroWest, based in Natick, which supports nonprofits in 33 Greater Boston communities, recently announced it has launched the Emerging Leaders Academy, a development program for emerging nonprofit leaders who are new to or aspiring to senior management positions.

The new, five-session educational program aims to prepare leaders and staff at nonprofits "to think and operate strategically, effectively, and inclusively."

Participation in the Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) is free for people employed at nonprofits in the MetroWest region, which is loosely bounded by Routes 128 on the east, Route 495 on the west, Route 2 on the north, and Route 109 on the south.

"Given demographic trends and changes in the nonprofit sector, supporting a new generation of leaders is vitally important. Unfortunately, it is all-too-rare for nonprofit staff to have the opportunity to take the time to reflect on, commit to, and intentionally chart a course to grow as leaders. Yet knowledgeable and skilled leadership is crucial for the effectiveness of organizations," according to the Foundation for MetroWest.

Noting that "knowledgeable and skilled leadership is crucial for the effectiveness of organizations," the foundation said that the academy will help to foster strong networks that will further enable the ability of nonprofit leaders and their organizations to thrive.

The ELA program will provide an introduction to leadership development that will provide participants with to insight regarding their leadership style, strengths, and areas for growth, developmental goals with action steps to meet those goals, increased effectiveness with professional relationship-building, increased understanding of how to be effective in complex organizational systems, and an enhanced professional network.

Applicants should have between five and 10 years of nonprofit experience, demonstrate potential to be a current or future high-performing leader, and be willing to actively participate, commit to challenging themselves, and be open to learning from the facilitator and peers.

An information session will be held Jan. 18. Details.

Applications for the first session are due by Feb. 2. Details.

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest promotes philanthropy in the region, helps donors maximize the impact of their local giving, and serves as a resource for local nonprofits. Since its inception, the foundation has granted $14 million to charitable organizations and currently manages more than $18 million in charitable assets.

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