Emerging Leaders

Nonprofit Emerging Leaders 2019

Program overview

This leadership development program is designed to build the nonprofit leadership pipeline by preparing early career professionals to take on greater leadership roles through focused mentoring with an established nonprofit leader.

Program components  

Individual mentoring (4 hours/month)
Emerging leaders are paired with an established nonprofit leader for up to four hours per month of mentoring for one year. Mentoring opportunities may take the form of:

  • Observations, site visits or other “shadow” activities

  • Focused coaching, role playing, or career advising
  • Informal conversation 
  • Coaching around self-assessment and skill building

Monthly peer meetings (2 hours/month) 
Mentees meet monthly with Foundation staff to share learnings and reflect on personal leadership growth with peers. This is a critical component of the learning process so applicants must be able to attend all meetings (see dates below).

Ideal applicants for this program should:

  • Have between three and eight years of experience working in the nonprofit sector
  • Have some experience supervising others
  • Demonstrate the potential to be current or future high-performing leaders with a commitment to the nonprofit sector in Rhode Island
  • Be energized by constructive feedback and open to trying new approaches in their work
  • Not be afraid to ask questions, constantly challenge him/herself, and be willing to enrich the learning experience of peers.

Important dates:

Please note: the application deadline has passed and our 2019 leaders have been named.
Peer meetings for Emerging Leaders (Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m.):

  • May 22
  • June 19
  • July 17
  • September 18
  • October 23
  • November 13
  • December 18
  • January 22, 2020
  • February 19, 2020
  • March 18, 2020
  • April 22, 2020              


LocationOne Union Station
Providence, RI 02903


(401) 274-4564

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