Arlington, Va.—The Council on Foundations announced today that 11 promising philanthropic leaders have been selected to participate in the third annual Career Pathways program. The intensive, year-long leadership initiative is designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector's senior executives.
Participants engage in facilitated leadership preparation, self-directed career planning, group learning sessions, site visits, one-on-one executive coaching, mentoring, and leadership projects, and forge new connections with professional networks and decision makers. The first two graduating classes have trained 26 individuals from diverse backgrounds who are now positioned to better serve and advance professionally in philanthropy.
Graduates of the program assume leadership positions of increased responsibility and/or receive professional recognition for leadership growth. For example, Debra Joy Perez has been promoted to assistant vice president for research and evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Julie Walther is now senior director of programs at the Center on Halsted. Thomas Brewer transitioned to May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, where he is now the director of programs. Tonya Allen was promoted to chief operating officer at The Skillman Foundation. Caroline Merenda was promoted to program director at CFLeads.
"Graduates and participants are high-performing, high-achieving, mid-career professionals poised for even greater leadership roles in the philanthropic sector,” said Renée B. Branch, vice president, Professional Development and Diversity and Inclusion at the Council. “Graduates have held various positions in financial leadership, learning and evaluation, communications, and program leadership. Pathways presents an opportunity to nurture talents and leverage professional accomplishments while offering a best-in-class professional development experience.”
The 2012–13 Career Pathways class, selected by grantmaking executives, trustees, and human resources professionals, includes:
The Career Pathways program kicks off July 17–19 at the Council’s conference center in Arlington, Va.
Pathways is part of the Council’s Diversity and Inclusive Practices program and is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, the Weingart Foundation, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The program is the result of research commissioned by the Council to identify leadership development opportunities in the sector. The effort included a survey of executives in the field about leadership, professional success, and an analysis of hiring practices, demographic characteristics, and advancement opportunities.
More information about Pathways and the Council’s diversity and inclusive practices is available at: www.cof.org/pathways. You can also learn more about the Council’s professional development opportunities at www.cof.org/education.
The Council on Foundations (www.cof.org), formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council’s mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.