The Prudential Foundation Nonprofit Executive Fellows Program Begins Third Cohort

Fifteen nonprofit executives of New Jersey organizations have been selected to participate in the third cohort of The Prudential Foundation Nonprofit Executive Fellows Program at the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School. Over a two-year period, from September through June, this group of executives will focus on their personal and professional development through a comprehensive, values-driven approach.

“At Prudential, we are profoundly focused on supporting systemic change within our communities and that includes leadership development,” said Shané Harris, vice president, corporate giving and vice president and executive director of The Prudential Foundation. “Strengthening nonprofit executive leaders, through values-based leadership, prepares them for greater challenges and success in their respective nonprofits and reinforces the fabric of community development.”

Alex J. Plinio, co-founder of Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, said, “We are pleased to launch the third cohort of this long-term program with the generous support of The Prudential Foundation. We seek to align executives with their full leadership potential to better serve their organizations and the community.”

Each monthly session of the program includes formal instruction on skill-building provided by practitioners and field experts, as well as peer-to-peer discussions led by a group facilitator. Based on the belief that leadership can be learned, assessment of leadership effectiveness and training in Emotional Intelligence skills play an important role in the program. Participants receive ongoing one-on-one coaching and EI assessment and education.

“We connect ambitious leaders with opportunities to sustain themselves and be successful in serving as leaders of nonprofit organizations,” said Plinio. “This dynamic program allows us to reinforce knowledge and skills, support nonprofit leaders, and facilitate a resilient peer network. We also invest in more than the participating leader. Each Fellow also enrolls an emerging leader to gain education in our annual Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Certificate Program. Fellows also strengthen relationships of open communication with these mentees as well as their boards of directors in sharing knowledge and their personal and organizational goals. Fellows fortify themselves and their organizations by realizing those goals and make continual headway.”

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