Giving Compass’ Take:
• In this essay, a member of Career Pathways — the Council on Foundation’s talent pipeline program — describes how such professional development made a difference.
• What can we learn from this first-hand account of the program in terms of philanthropy and nonprofit training? How could it be replicated in other areas?
For five years, I have been fortunate to work for a foundation that has implemented continuous learning and commitment into its core values. In holding to these core values, our CEO is committed to intentionally seeking out opportunities for her team to learn and develop.
In October 2016, she and our Senior Director of Talent and Organizational Development informed me of the Career Pathways program. With their encouragement, I applied, seeking a deeper understanding of philanthropy; how to increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts; and how to better understand what is necessary to take the next step into executive leadership. Now, with that understanding and beyond, I’ve gained something unexpected and invaluable, both professionally and personally — a clear sense of purpose and belonging as an executive in the philanthropic sector.
1. An executive coach invested in my potential
2. A network built on genuine friendships
3. A newfound strength in vulnerability
Read the full article about belonging and Career Pathways by David Daniels at Council on Foundations.
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