March 15, 2018   |   By The New York Community Trust
Training for the Top – Trust Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Take on the World
Three New York Community Trust Nonprofit Leadership Fellows

Three New York Community Trust Nonprofit Leadership Fellows

As a generation of New York nonprofit leaders retires, the sector faces a shortage of new leaders trained in management, financial planning, and communications.

We’re changing that. In 2015, we created The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows program at the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. To date, we’ve given $1.39 million and helped 168 mid-career professionals become better nonprofit leaders. The success stories are inspiring. Here are three examples.

“This fellowship pushed me out of my comfort zone. Sure enough, our board of directors invited me to apply to be the next leader of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. I paused, doubting my capabilities. Then I realized that my selection in the Trust Leadership Fellowship and my commitment made me ready to advance. As I went through the interview process while going to the weekly fellowship class, I grew more confident. The fellowship was a key factor in my decision to apply for—and accept the position of CEO.” – Meridith Maskara, Spring ’17. Former: Chief  Operating Officer, Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Manhattan | Promoted to: Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Greater New York.

“It is my mission to support the creative genius of people of color. The Trust Leadership Fellows program helped get me to a place where I do that on a national scale. My independent project as a fellow was succession planning, so I could become the director of programming at Harlem Stage. It gave me the time and resources to create a smart plan. This also laid the foundation for what I do today: developing hip- hop programming at the Kennedy Center.” – Simone Eccleston, Spring ’15. Former: Assistant Director of Programming at Harlem Stage | Currently: Director of Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

“I believe in the power of nurses. With a shortage of primary care medical providers, nurses are critical. Since my promotion at the health center, I’ve increased the number of nurses and given them more responsibilities. I draw on the practical exercises I learned during the Trust Fellowship, such and recording and reviewing my presentations to improve my communication skills. The financial planning lessons are invaluable now… I certainly didn’t learn budgeting and fundraising in nursing school.” — Anthony Fortenberry, Fall ’15. Former: Director of Nursing, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Manhattan | Promoted to: Chief Nursing Officer, Callen-Lorde

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