Spalding will help train local leaders

Record Staff Report

Spalding University and Kosair Charities announced Aug. 1 the creation of the Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute, a yearlong training program for leaders of nonprofit organizations within the Kosair Charities network.

The institute aims to “improve and enhance already high-performing nonprofits that are dedicated to supporting children and families,” a news release from the university said.

The 20 individuals who have been selected for the inaugural class of the Kosair Charities Leadership Development Institute (LDI) include executive directors and senior leadership from numerous nonprofit organizations that have received support from Kosair Charities, the release said.

The inaugural Kosair Charities LDI cohort, which will begin in October, will have a year of professional development and coaching from Spalding faculty, staff and community partners in all facets of organizational development and leadership, the release said.

Topics will include emotional intelligence leadership, financial strategic management, fundraising, marketing and public relations, organizational culture and team-building, legal and ethical matters and design thinking. The curriculum will also weave in social justice concepts.

Kosair Charities President Keith Inman said the nonprofit sector is important to the “economic well-being of the communities they serve.”

“This institute will help those nonprofit leaders make an even greater impact by equipping them with evidence-based tools and valuable skills that can be applied to nearly every aspect of their organizational strategy and culture.”

Dr. Joanne Berryman, who recently retired as Spalding’s provost, will serve as the university’s program director for the Kosair Charities LDI.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Participants will engage with their colleagues, professors, community leaders and executive coaches for six hours a month.
  • Spalding faculty and staff, including President Tori Murden McClure, multiple deans and faculty chairs, will provide instruction.
  • Final individual or group projects will be presented to the Kosair Charities Board of Directors at the conclusion of the institute in September 2020.
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