Future leaders of greater Newark nonprofit organizations will participate in program sponsored by Victoria Foundation at Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Newark, NJ - Up to 15 nonprofit emerging leaders, who participated in the Greater Newark Ladder to Leadership (LTL) Program in 2011-2012, will be selected to continue their professional training in the Victoria Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Management and Personal Leadership Development (Victoria Emerging Leaders) Program.  The Program will launch in September with the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School.  

The goal of the year-long intensive program is to help nonprofit leaders increase their knowledge and skills while broadening their perspective on how to effect critical change.  The Victoria Emerging Leaders will meet once a month as a group for formal instruction and peer-to-peer discussions led by a facilitator.  They will also participate in leadership and management training sessions and  emotional intelligence assessment and coaching, as well as receiving insights from Newark and New Jersey leaders and guidance and support from leaders within their organization.  

“We are so proud to continue leadership development for Newark’s emerging leaders and their nonprofit organizations.  As a core priority of the Foundation, we seek to help prepare for leadership transition in our community and provide these leaders with ongoing support through education and a network of skilled professionals to work together to address the challenges of and advance our great city,” said Irene Cooper-Basch, Executive Officer of Victoria Foundation.

Alex J. Plinio, co-founder of Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, said, “We are pleased to provide long term training and support to Newark’s future industry leaders.  Strong nonprofit leaders are critical to the effectiveness and richness of the fabric of Newark’s community.  This program will also advance participants' personal development as well as skill building to help enhance the organizations they serve.  In today's environment, nonprofit organizations are hit especially hard.  Much is asked of their management.  This program helps them to better respond to their roles and responsibilities.”

Alex Plinio, Co-founder of the Institute for Ethical Leadership, engages executives and emerging leaders during a leadership development program

The Victoria Emerging Leaders Program is a curriculum-based training and development program with a unique and comprehensive approach to developing both personal and professional management and leadership skills and competencies.  Each monthly session will be comprised of formal instruction provided by experienced practitioners and engagement in peer-to-peer discussions led by a group facilitator.  This program will equip the participants with the necessary skills and training to assume leadership roles in the near future.  In addition to the group work, each participant will receive two hours of one-on-one coaching with a facilitator.  Sessions will also feature guest presenters to discuss Newark’s challenges and opportunities.  Emerging leaders will be encouraged to work directly with their CEOs/Executive Directors to achieve personal goals set at the beginning of the program.  At the end of the program, the participants will become part of an alumni network that will meet several times annually for continuing education and peer group sessions.

“As a Fellow of the LTL experience and Development Director at the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, I have recently seen firsthand how the peer support and coaching process can be valuable to a manager.  My professional career has been elevated because of the LTL program, and I look forward to continuing similar aspects within the Institute for Ethical Leadership,” says Annie Chen, LTL Graduate.

The Victoria Emerging Leaders will be selected based on their strong commitment to their own personal development, to the nonprofit sector, and to building the leadership capacity within their organization, as well as their willingness to work closely with their Board of Directors on achieving organizational goals.  

In April 2010, the Victoria Foundation and Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership collaborated with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Center for Creative Leadership to implement a national fellowship program in the Greater Newark region that trained 29 of Newark’s health leaders.  The RWJF Ladder to Leadership program aims to boost the skills and capabilities of early- to mid-level professionals working in health and community-related nonprofit organizations, positioning them to lead organizations as many nonprofit leaders retire.  Through a 16-month training program, Fellows participated in face-to-face training sessions, individualized executive coaching, and team project work.  Fellows graduated in May 2012 and the Victoria Emerging Leaders Program seeks to continue to support a selected group of this cohort.

Applicants for this program must have graduated from the Greater Newark LTL program.  The deadline for applications is August 10, 2012.  To learn more about this Program and how to apply, visit: http://business.rutgers.edu/iel/programs/nonprofit.  The Program begins September 19, 2012 from 9 AM to 3 PM at Rutgers Business School.  For those applying, please save the date.


Victoria Foundation is a New Jersey-based private grantmaking institution, which was founded in 1924 by Mr. Hendon Chubb to honor his mother, Victoria Eddis Chubb.  The Foundation has awarded over $225 million in grants, focusing its giving over the past 50 years to ameliorate the suffering of children and families living in poverty in Newark, New Jersey.  

The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School works with business and government entities, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and within the University to provide leaders and future leaders with the education, training, and critical-thinking tools needed to become more effective leaders and managers and make ethical decisions for real-world challenges.  For more information, visit www.business.rutgers.edu/iel.

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