A group of not-for-profit leaders from various agencies are brought together in the new Leadership Development Program at Union Graduate College.
continued He added he also enjoys the classroom setting of the program, which has allowed him to focus on subjects outside of the everyday tasks in running an organization.
Laura Schweitzer, president of Union Graduate College, said she believed there was a need for the program in the area.
“I looked around the Capital Region to see what kind of leadership development was available for nonprofits … there was a lot, but it is very short term,” Schweitzer said. “There is not anything that gives in-depth prolonged leadership development.
Schweitzer said she has sat in on some of the sessions and believes the program is progressing well, but since professors at the college aren’t dealing with typical students it has had to be tweaked in some ways to better serve the leaders involved.
“The content has to be changed a bit in order to make it relevant to the nonprofit leader,” she said.
She said although not-for-profits have a different mindset, many of the same business principals are still relevant.
Going forward, she said the college hopes to host the program every year and bring together a different group of people from a certain sector that would benefit by working in a collaborative nature.
“I have gotten calls from several philanthropists in bringing nonprofits together in their interest,” she said.