“Five to 10 years from now, I would suggest that many of these folks will be running major nonprofits in this area.”—Steve Roling, president and CEO, Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Dates of Program: September 2007 through August 2012
Field of Work: training emerging health care leaders
Problem Synopsis: Nonprofit health care organizations need skilled leaders who can serve as visionary catalysts for change while also managing day-to-day activities. Yet an impending exodus of senior managers as Baby Boomers retire threatens the sustained leadership of these organizations. And few training programs target emerging leaders.
Synopsis of the Work: The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., developed and implemented a 16-month training program for emerging nonprofit health care leaders. The program aimed to bolster the fellows’ organizations and communities by promoting collaboration and encouraging innovation. The program included multiday training sessions, feedback from co-workers, coaching and mentoring, and team "action learning projects" in each community.
“Since completing the program, I have spearheaded a merger of two nonprofit organizations and quadrupled my budget and employees. I went from executive director to chief executive officer. Under my leadership we have completed a strategic plan with a comprehensive succession plan. I have the best relationship with my board of directors—they were my nemesis during the Ladder to Leadership days!”—Cassandra C. Sheets, LMSW, central New York fellow