This free professional development program is designed to build the nonprofit-sector leadership pipeline by preparing early career professionals to take on increased responsibility 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 for this year has passed.

Peer meetings for the cohort of 2019 Emerging Leaders take place on the following Wednesdays from 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