Career Pathways Alumni | October Community Building Hour

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The Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways program (CP) has strengthened and expanded the capacity of philanthropic professionals within the leadership pipeline who are considered, appointed, and retained in senior and executive philanthropic leadership positions.

The Council is committed to upholding the program’s core values of community, equity, learning, and development and will continue to ensure participants have a stellar experience. This community building hour series will give Career Pathways Alumni a virtual opportunity to connect, reflect, share, and discuss a host of topics – from national issues to sector solutions.

This Community Building Hour

We are on the cusp of a pivotal moment in time, following the Career Pathways method; to stimulate leaders to make impactful decisions, showcase diversity and support our communities, it is our civic duty to arm ourselves with the knowledge and insights we need to make informed decisions about the next phase of America’s history. Career Pathways Alumni with shared expertise in the civic duty of philanthropy will lead the conversation as we discuss how to speak up for justice, challenge the status quo, and think strategically about institutional long term planning as leaders. Join us as we discuss how we can affect the change philanthropy and this country needs as Election Day draws near!

Community Building Hour Objectives

  • Strengthen our network of the philanthropic field and embolden connectivity among the Career Pathways Alumni community.
  • Highlight philanthropic responses, professional growth journeys, assess situations with the support of peers, and conversation for peer sharing, learning, and networking.
  • Provide the context and a space of reflection for Career Pathways Alumni during these unusual times of COVID-19.
  • Remind Black, Indigenous and Leaders of Color they are not alone in the challenge toward creating an anti-racist organization, culture, and/or sector.

Conversation Focus

  1. Philanthropy’s role in civic duty.
  2. Institutional responses to civic duty.
  3. Taking action at our organizations in our own way. 

Conversation Starters

  • David McGhee, Vice President of Organizational Excellence & Impact, The Skillman Foundation, He/His/Him
  • Adam Sanders, Grants Manager, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, He/His/Him

Speaker

  • Hanh Le, Executive Director, Weissberg Foundation, She/Her/Hers

Facilitator 

  • Ricshawn Roane, Chief of Staff & Director, Philanthropic Investments and Thought Leadership, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, She/Her/Hers

Details to Note

  • This peer to peer conversation is only open to Career Pathways Alumni and 2020 program cohort participants
  • All conversations will be confidential.
  • Discussions will be hosted on Zoom, and we encourage participants come prepared to share video for better engagement within the platform.

Career Pathways is a year-long leadership preparation program that advances excellence, diversity and inclusion in talent acquisition, management, and retention strategies. The program prepares participants to successfully compete for leadership positions by expanding their capacity to become more effective philanthropic leaders. 

For more information about Career Pathways leadership development program, visit cof.org/careerpathways or email educate@cof.org.