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September 2012
In This Issue

  • Advancing Relational Leadership Research: A Dialogue among Perspectives
  • The Fellowship Behind the First Nonprofit Association in Massachusetts
  • Launching the Nation's
    First Social Impact Bonds
  • Pilot Leadership Program
    for MPA-MBA Students 
  • Leadership in Action: Year in Review 
  • Thought Leaders Join RCLA
  • News and Events

Developing Leadership at Every Level

Advancing Relational Leadership Research

ADVANCING RELATIONAL LEADERSHIP RESEARCH: A DIALOGUE AMONG PERSPECTIVES
 

Leaders and followers live in a complex world of relationships and dynamically changing contexts. Yet many leadership theories focus too much on individual leaders. A new volume edited by Mary Uhl-Bien and Sonia M. Ospina brings together prominent scholars from different disciplines to offer heated debate and cutting-edge thinking on how to meet the challenges of relationality in leadership research and practice. 
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THE FELLOWSHIP BEHIND THE FIRST NONPROFIT ASSOCIATION IN MASSACHUSETTS: CASE STUDY

Eureka-Boston, a program that started with seven fellows per cohort, was designed to support nonprofit executive directors and foster collaboration. It became the driving force behind the first nonprofit association in Massachusetts. A case study from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and RCLA explores the success of Eureka-Boston and how learning communities can be leveraged for social impact.

GEO and RCLA will be publishing a guide that builds on this and five other case studies to illustrate how grantmakers can strategically support nonprofits in expanding their impact by developing and sharing knowledge in a community of peers. Stay tuned for "Learn and Let Learn: Supporting Learning Communities for Innovation and Scale."
» Read the Case Study

» Read the Report Executive Summary

LAUNCHING THE NATION'S FIRST SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS 

Social impact bonds are designed to raise private money to support programs and services for the public good. An Accenture and RCLA briefing for NYC government officials on September 20 will explore the challenges City Hall and its Department of Correction face in working with a nonprofit and private sector team to launch the country’s first social impact bonds program. 

Panelists include: MDRC President Gordon Berlin; Osborne Association Executive Director Elizabeth Gaynes; Vera Institute of Justice President and Director Michael Jacobson; Kristin Misner, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; and NYC Department of Correction Commissioner Dora Schriro. Mark Willis, Resident Research Fellow at NYU’s Furman Center, will moderate, with opening remarks by Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services.
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PILOT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR MPA-MBA STUDENTS

In a collaboration between NYU Wagner and NYU Stern School of Business, MLT, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, RCLA is offering quarterly leadership sessions for the MPA-MBA program and its Fellowship for Social Sector Leaders. The program will help students develop meaningful connections and think strategically about how to translate their personal missions into effective change initiatives in organizations and communities.
» Learn more about the MPA-MBA program

LEADERSHIP IN ACTION:
RCLA YEAR IN REVIEW 

How can city government drive innovation? What are creative ways social change organizations can raise money to decrease their need for foundation grants? What is most effective in global leadership development programs?

These are some of the questions about leadership issues that RCLA and our partners have tackled over the last year as part of building knowledge about leadership and helping individuals and organizations develop the leadership necessary to transform society. We invite you to read highlights of findings from RCLA’s global research and evaluation, leadership development, and courses and institutes.
» Read RCLA's Year in Review  
 

 

THOUGHT LEADERS JOIN RCLA

RCLA is thrilled to welcome leadership and public service experts as visiting scholars and fellows in 2012-2013: 

  • Henk De Jong, former Secretary General of Amsterdam and Policy Director of Rotterdam, is the founder and principal of Crust Young Consultants in NY.

  • Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and previously served as the Founding Executive Director of the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.

  • Sonja Schenkel is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute for International Relations and Development Studies in Geneva. Her research focuses on the intersection between the work of leadership and mothers educating their children about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  

  • Rusty Stahl, a Fellow at the Tides Foundation, was the Founding Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, a membership association that develops new talent for foundations and the communities they serve.

    NEWS AND EVENTS  

  • For the first time in US history, a Mormon is on a major-party presidential ticket. In a new Wall Street Journal video, RCLA affiliated faculty member David Elcott and others examine the changing role of religion in American politics.
     
  • At the Idealist Grad Fair NYC, RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe and other senior leaders from NYU Wagner shared strategies for emerging professionals to develop public service careers that advance meaningful change across fields, sectors and geographic boundaries. The fair was co-hosted by NYU Wagner, with 220 graduate schools participating, Sept. 13
     
  • RCLA Faculty Director Sonia M. Ospina will speak at the international event “Wise Practices in Indigenous Community Development Symposium” organized by the Aboriginal Leadership and Management unit of the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada. She will talk about social change leadership in the US, featuring the organizations that were part of the Leadership for a Changing World program; Sept. 13-16, 2012
     
  • In August Professor Ospina taught a three-session workshop called “Approaches to Research on Local Public Action from the Perspective of Civil Society” for the Public Administration faculty at the public university CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica) in México City.
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