WINGS Atlanta is Leading for Impact!

Posted by 216f on February 07, 2016 · Flag

It's a Happy New Year, indeed!

On January 12 and 13, 2016, members of WINGS Atlanta's leadership team attended the first classes of a two-year leadership development program called LEADING FOR IMPACT, presented by Bridgespan. 

Leading for Impact® helps ambitious nonprofits pursue strategic opportunities and build capacity to improve their performance over time. The program has two core components:

- Customized, team-led projects: With coaching support, the executive team of each participating nonprofit completes two customized projects addressing strategic questions facing their organization

- Executive team development: Each executive team also receives training in strategic management concepts and tools through a series of day-long workshops. Participating organizations receive support for two years, including coaching to executive teams as they apply new management tools and approaches within their organization.

During the program, Bridgespan works closely with each Executive Director and their team to understand the organization’s priorities and opportunities to achieve greater results. With Bridgespan support, teams complete two projects designed to address those priorities. Each project lasts approximately six months and may focus on questions of strategy, organization, funding, or leadership development—depending on the nonprofit’s particular situation.

Executive teams are composed of individual experts with diverse experiences and skills. While this diversity makes a team strong, successful executive teams share common, strategic goals and approaches to organizational leadership. During the first six months of the program, Leading for Impact builds this shared foundation through a monthly series of classroom-based workshops exploring the core elements of effective strategy and organization management. The sessions are designed to be highly interactive, emphasizing the application of concepts and tools to each team’s opportunities.

Other nonprofits in this year's cohort include CHRIS Kids, Communities in Schools of Atlanta, Future Foundation, Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Kindezi Schools, and Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers. We are thrilled to be in such great company!

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