The ED role can be very isolating and overwhelming as you try to juggle multiple priorities...EDLink has been created not only to provide education and support, but to create a sense of community for the ED profession.
(PRWEB) February 16, 2011
In January of this year, the first professional community built exclusively for non-profit Executive Directors welcomed its first early-adopter members. Membership in EDLink provides the most senior staff person in non-profit organizations with 7/24 access to education and networking opportunities. By leveraging user-friendly technology to overcome geography, EDLink provides programming grounded in peer learning.
EDLink is the brainchild of Michelle Halsey, a non-profit ED, and Bill Harper, a consultant to the sector. “I know from my experience facilitating ED groups that peer learning is extremely powerful. We are bringing that power to EDs around the world” says Harper. As an ED herself, Halsey has personally experienced the benefits of connecting with other EDs. “The knowledge I have gained from other non-profit EDs is invaluable, especially since historically there has been a lack of professional development tailored to the ED role.” Prior to launching EDLink, Halsey and Harper conducted a survey of over 100 EDs that reaffirmed their personal experience – the number one resource EDs rely on is their peers. Interestingly, the second most popular was online resources. EDLink uniquely merges these two sources.
EDLink has married progressive technology with traditional education and networking models to create this new community for EDs. Notoriously short on time and resources, EDs can now access professional development and connect with peers directly from their home or office. All programming has been developed in consultation with a focus group of EDs from Canada and the United States and includes unique experiences like real-time virtual peer learning sessions, virtual mentoring, and a private discussion forum supported by expert contributors. EDLink members will also be able to access educational webinars, an article library and e-news created specifically for their role.
Early feedback from members confirms the value of EDLink’s virtual model, both eliminating travel time and allowing personal contact with EDs they would otherwise never have met. EDs have commented that they are surprised how virtual contact with their peers gives them a renewed sense of energy in their role. Halsey says she is thrilled with this early feedback.. “The ED role can be very isolating and overwhelming as you try to juggle multiple priorities from fundraising to programs, all while being accountable to multiple stakeholders. EDLink has been created not only to provide education and support, but to create a sense of community for the ED profession.” Halsey also adds that EDs who are not tech-forward are finding that they are pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to use the technology for EDLink’s programs.
For more information or to join visit http://www.TheEDLink.org
EDLink is the global online resource and gathering place for Executive Directors (EDs) of non-profit / non-governmental organizations (NPOs/NGOs). Through EDLink, EDs have access to education and networking opportunities exclusively tailored to their profession.
For further information please contact:
Michelle Halsey, President, EDLink
416-423-0075 or michelle(at)TheEDLink(dot)org