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March 2012
In This Issue

  • Rapid Design for Leadership Program in School Districts across the US  
  • Getting New Yorkers Back to Work: Strategies to Create Jobs & Rebuild the Economy 
  • RCLA & National Urban Fellows to Examine Factors for Success in Diversifying Public Service Leadership  
  • Nonprofits & Foundations
    Find New Efficiencies 
  • News and Events

  Imagine the Leadership We Can Create Together   

Rapid Design for Education Reform Leadership

RAPID DESIGN FOR EDUCATION LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE US
A Rapid Design session RCLA recently hosted with Communities In Schools brought together CIS staff from the national, state and local levels to shape a leadership program for executive directors of its nearly 200 local affiliate organizations in communities across the US. The two-day intensive session clarified program priorities for multiple stakeholders and structured the program so it will be ready to pilot nationally this year.
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GETTING NEW YORKERS BACK TO WORK: STRATEGIES TO CREATE JOBS & REBUILD THE ECONOMY

An executive briefing hosted by Accenture and RCLA for NYC officials focused on Bloomberg Administration efforts to create jobs, undertake development projects, attract and retain industry, and develop services to help businesses cut through red tape, open their doors and hire workers. 

The March 6 panel included: Robert LiMandri, Commissioner, Department of Buildings; Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College; Seth Pinsky, President, New York City Economic Development Corporation; Robert Walsh, Commissioner, Department of Small Business Services; and Joanna Weiss, Executive Director, New York City Business Acceleration.
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RCLA AND NATIONAL URBAN FELLOWS TO EXAMINE FACTORS FOR SUCCESS IN DIVERSIFYING PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP

One in three Americans is a person of color, yet minorities occupy just one in six leadership positions in state and federal government, nonprofits and foundations. National Urban Fellows and RCLA are launching the next phase of an ongoing research partnership to learn more about the experiences of leaders of color within organizations and factors that help and hinder their success in reaching the highest levels of influence. This research will build on a report series on diversity and public service leadership.
» Learn more & read the reports

NONPROFITS & FOUNDATIONS FIND NEW EFFICIENCIES
 
Amid increased competition for fewer resources, nonprofits and foundations are thinking creatively to find operational efficiencies for the future. These efforts range from shifting to cloud-based technology, to developing cost- and service-sharing models and engaging in cross-sector partnerships to streamline government contracting.
 
Panelists shared these and other strategic choices they are making at a nonprofit executive roundtable hosted by Accenture and RCLA on February 15. Moderated by RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe, the panel included: Mary Cadagin, Chief Information Officer at Open Society Foundations; Gordon Campbell, President and Chief Executive Officer at United Way New York City; Paul Schuchert, Chief Financial Officer at Seedco; and Walt Mores, Accenture Senior Executive and co-author of Building High Performance Government Through Lean Six Sigma: A Leader's Guide to Creating Speed, Agility and Efficiency.
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    RCLA NEWS AND EVENTS    

  • A forthcoming article in The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science documents how organizations contribute to the construction of their members’ race and gender identities. Written by RCLA faculty member Erica Gabrielle Foldy, the research focuses on interactions at organizations ranging from a small nonprofit to a large financial services firm and how interpersonal encounters and organizational practices at work can - usually unintentionally - change the ways that people express their racial, ethnic and gender identities. 

  • This summer, students and emerging leaders from across the globe can build the knowledge and skills to advance social justice at RCLA’s Global Social Change Leadership Institute. Confirmed faculty include: John Gershman, Sonia M. Ospina, David Elcott, Angela Hendrix Terry, Joan Minieri, Bethany Godsoe and Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla.
    The deadline to apply is March 15, 2012.
    » Learn more & apply now 

  • RCLA Senior Fellow Frances Kunreuther and the Building Movement Project, in conjunction with Civic Ventures and Clohesy Consulting, are conducting a survey of long-term nonprofit leaders 55 years and older about their plans for the future. The survey is designed to learn about the supports needed for long-term leaders as they plan for and leave their positions. If you are a current or former leader over the age of 55 and are interested in sharing your experiences, take the BMP survey.

  • On April 1, RCLA faculty member David Elcott will speak to Skillset, a community leadership program in Orange County, CA, about the future of Baby Boomers and public service.

  • Student group representatives focused on “Succession and Sustainability” as part of the quarterly Wagner Leadership Academy hosted by the Dean’s Office, Student Affairs Team, Wagner Student Association and RCLA on March 2. 

  • RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe and Senior Associate Waad El Hadidy presented findings from case studies of learning communities that enable funders and nonprofits to increase their impact at a Grantmakers for Effective Organizations event on March 1 as part of larger study RCLA has conducted.

  • RCLA Deputy Director Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla spoke about project planning in an international context at panel hosted by the International Public Service Association and the Wagner Management and Leadership Organization, two NYU Wagner graduate student groups, on February 28.

    NEWS YOU CAN USE

  • The International Leadership Association’s global conference, “Leadership Across the Great Divides: Bridging Cultures, Contexts and Complexities,” will be held October 24-27, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. The deadline for proposals is March 15.

  • The 16th Annual NYU Wagner Kovner-Behrman Health Forum, "Empowering Nurse Leaders in Hospitals," will feature Cindy A. Czaplinski, Administrative Director of Oncology and ICU at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT; and Ingrid Nembhard, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Management at Yale University. It will be moderated by Anthony Kovner, Professor of Public and Health Management at NYU Wagner; April 5, 2012.

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