January/February 2012
In This Issue

  • RCLA and Bloomberg Philanthropies Appoint Five Innovation Delivery Fellows 
  • Performing Arts Presenters Leadership Program to Focus on Community 
  • Cross-Sector Social Partnerships in the Middle East: A Glimpse of Future Directions  
  • Summer Institute Offers Students Knowledge & Skills for Global Social Change 
  • News and Events

 Unlocking Innovation through Leadership

Innovation Delivery Fellows with Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Innovation Delivery Fellows meet with
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg


RCLA and Bloomberg Philanthropies are pleased to announce the selection of five outstanding early career professionals to participate in a new Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellowship. The fellowship is part of a Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded initiative to support Innovation Delivery Teams in five cities – Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans – to help mayors develop and deliver high-impact solutions to major urban challenges.
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The Association of Performing Arts Presenters and RCLA are now accepting applications for the 2012 Leadership Development Institute (LDI), which will gather performing arts administrators from across the US to focus on the theme “Know and Connect with Community.” The program is led by RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe and Senior Fellow Theresa Holden. Applicants must be employed by a current APAP member and apply by 5:00 pm EST on February 24, 2012.

The 2010-11 LDI cohort and Bethany Godsoe presented the report, Creative Courage: Leadership Practices to Build Resilience and Vitality in Performing Arts Organizations, at the APA365 global conference in January 2012, and it was featured in Inside Arts magazine.

» Learn more and apply for the Leadership Development Institute

» Read the report


Cross-sector social partnerships (CSSPs) often emerge when conventional one-sector solutions have failed or in times of turbulence. The Middle East is ripe for studying how CSSPs work – and don’t – in response to tough social issues. Internationally, researchers are also challenging academic assumptions about whether private business, government and civil society truly serve as equal counterparts with distinct roles in these partnerships, and asking whether some “sector-blurring” practices may contribute to, or detract from, public value. The final report from a conference hosted by RCLA and the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute highlights CSSPs in various contexts and raises research possibilities for the region and globally.
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This summer, university and graduate students and recent college graduates from across the US and around the globe can gain a robust understanding of the nature and tasks of social change leadership and the opportunities and challenges leaders face in their work. Participants in RCLA's Global Social Change Leadership Institute, from July 8-20, will emerge with practical knowledge and skills, a plan for action in their community, a program certificate, and an international network of other committed changemakers. The Early Admission deadline is February 24, 2012.
» Learn moreand apply now





  • RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina has joined the Editorial Board of Administrative Theory & Praxis, the journal of the Public Administration Theory Network, and the 2012 External Evaluation Council of CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica), a prestigious teaching and social science research institution in Mexico City.

  • Professor Ospina also recently co-authored the chapter “Thinking Sociologically about Leadership” with Margot Hittleman in the book Leadership Studies: The Dialogue of Disciplines, and a book review entitled “Public Administration Research and the Field’s Identity” in the November/December issue of Public Administration Review.

  • RCLA Deputy Director Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla has joined the Board of Directors for the International Youth Leadership Institute, a nonprofit that prepares African-American and Latino high school students to assume active leadership roles in their local community and global society through programs that emphasize the connections between local and global conditions, challenges and opportunities. 

  • At the NYU Social Innovation Symposium on February 10, RCLA Senior Associate Waad El Hadidy moderated a panel on the risks and rewards of social synergy. Speakers included Mary McCormick, president of the Fund for the City of New York; Marc Norman, vice president of the Community Development Finance Group at Deutsche Bank; and Greg Thomas, campaign manager for DoSomething.org.

  • At a recent White House Office for Faith-Based Initiatives session for federal agencies and departments, RCLA affiliated faculty member David Elcott presented on “Religious Leadership, Civil Discourse and Democracy” based on a project he developed with RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe and RCLA Senior Associate Waad El Hadidy.

  • Professor Elcott also presented research on Baby Boomers in public service at a community event for a range of agencies and organizations in Miami in January. On February 11, he will speak to a North American gathering of Jewish foundations and fundraisers in Fort Lauderdale on the shifts in voluntary association and civic engagement across generations that affect the ways we understand membership, organizational allegiance and identity.

  • The Advocacy Lab course at NYU Wagner launched January 25 with a new project focused on the New York City Police Department policy of Stop, Frisk and Search. Advocacy Lab will be partnering with the Police Reform Organizing Project of the Urban Justice Center.


  • NYU Wagner's Career Expo will bring together representatives of public service organizations to increase their visibility among industry peers and to meet with hundreds of Master's degree candidates and alumni. The Expo is hosted by NYU Wagner and four other leading public policy institutions; March 8, 2012.
    » Learn more and register now
  • Women’s World Banking has launched a new Fellowship Program to enable future global leaders in microfinance and women’s economic empowerment to experience the challenges and rewards of contributing to creating financial opportunities for low-income women. Apply by February 24, 2012.
    » Learn more and register now

  • The NYU Department of Applied Psychology is sponsoring its Annual Working with Differences Group Relations Conference. The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, & Prevention Studies is co-sponsoring the conference on “Sexual Identity: Authorization and Leadership in a World of Differences.” Discounts are available for NYU students and nonprofit and government employees; March 2-4, 2012 
    » Learn more and register now

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