BEST Leadership Institute provides professional development

GENESEE COUNTY — The BEST Project, a program of the United Way of Genesee County, is pleased to announce the launch of the BEST Leadership Institute — a one-year, comprehensive program for people who want to develop their professional leadership skills and give back to the community through the nonprofit sector.

As part of the program, participants will receive an in-depth leadership analysis, individualized coaching, advanced nonprofit education, and peer networking opportunities.

The program runs from December through Dec. 2012; participants receive additional benefits through Dec. 2013.

The BEST Project has supported nonprofit organizations and their leaders for nearly ten years through a variety of activities aimed at building excellence, sustainability and trust in the sector.

Mona Sahouri, executive director of the Arab American Heritage Council, learned firsthand about the benefits of leadership coaching through BEST, “After only one session with my coach, I could tell that I would benefit from the opportunity. It allowed me to focus on my strengths as an executive director and critique my own leadership style. I have made several observations and adjustments accordingly. Nonprofit organizations will not be able to step up to the plate if we don’t develop the leadership.”

To apply, individuals must meet the following eligibility criteria: at least two years of experience in the nonprofit sector (staff, key volunteer, active board member); current direct involvement ( paid or unpaid) with one or more nonprofits; and, must be a Genesee County resident or work with a Genesee County nonprofit.

Potential applicants are required to register for one of the remaining information sessions, Sept. 8 or10; only those who attend an information session will receive an application which is due on Sept. 26. Interested individuals need to register for an information session online at — G.G.

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