Foundation Invests in Training

Foellinger Center for Adaptive Leadership graduates first cohort

Fourteen leaders from four area nonprofit organizations graduated from Foellinger Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program on March 23. The graduation celebration was held at the Botanical Gardens.

The 14 leaders spent the last year increasing and strengthening their adaptive leadership skills with a focus on commitment to purpose, emotional intelligence, integrity and entrepreneurship.

Linda Mumma, chief financial officer of Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, is among the graduates. “This training has equipped me with better tools to address challenging leadership situations in a more capable and effective manner,” Mumma said.

Shannon Gage, Chief Program Director

Brightpoint CEO Steve Hoffman encouraged three of his colleagues to participate in the program. “The Foellinger Foundation has made a significant investment in developing and strengthening nonprofit leaders in this community,” Hoffman said. “Foellinger Foundation realizes that strong leaders create strong impact.”

The Emerging Leaders concept was born out of a two-year Foellinger funded collaboration of the CEOs from Brightpoint, Early Childhood Alliance, the YWCA of Northeast Indiana and Lutheran Social Services of Indiana. These nonprofit executives worked to address the need for strategic leader development. The training program launched in 2016 as part of The Foellinger Center for Adaptive Leadership (FoCAL). Participants develop skills that are essential for adaptive leaders in today’s dynamic nonprofit landscape. Key leaders from the four organizations composed the program’s first cohort.

Monthly training and coaching sessions were provided by Colin Maiorano, CEO of StrategyWorx. Colin Maiorano has been training, consulting and coaching for 20 years with methods that maximize leadership potential by creating self-awareness and addressing blind spots that can sabotage a leader’s success.

“Through this training, I learned more about myself and tools I can use to be a more adaptive leader,” said Shannon Gage, Chief Program Director for Early Childhood Alliance.

Mary Jo Hardiman, chief operating officer of the YWCA of Northeast Indiana, said “I learned new ways to tackle problems facing a non-profit and how to build a team to lead: from negotiation techniques, entrepreneurial leadership, to assessment and cultivation of change within an organization’s culture. This experience has allowed me to look through a different lens that I did not know about before. I am thankful for this experience, it was hard work and forced us to look at ourselves, our organization, and the community’s non-profit sector.”

Note: ECA staff participating in the training were Eileen Claypool – Chief Development Officer; Kacey Deverell – Provider Support Manager; Shannon Gage – Chief Program Director; and Connie Heflin – Major Gifts Director.