Georgia Center for Nonprofits Elevates Support for State's Nonprofits with New Georgia Leadership Initiative and CEO Peerspectives Program

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This week, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits launched a fresh and focused system of leadership activation, support and development – The Georgia Leadership Initiative, and introduced a new peer-based leadership program, Nonprofit CEO Peerspectives.

One of the problems in the CEO role is that you’re alone. You don’t always have a place to be totally honest and open about challenges and issues. This is a conversation you can have with other leaders. Together we can bounce off ideas and share.

This week, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits launched a fresh and focused system of leadership activation, support and development – The Georgia Leadership Initiative, and introduced a new peer-based leadership program, Nonprofit CEO Peerspectives.

The Georgia Leadership Initiative represents a major expansion in GCN's work to elevate support for sector leaders who are faced with increasing demands and complex requirements, making their need for peer networks, collaboration, insight and resources more critical than ever.

"The Georgia Leadership Initiative will be much more than a class, a network, or a resource," explains Karen Beavor GCN President & CEO. "We are dedicated to building an integrated matrix of support and information that will serve as a catalyst for empowering Georgia leaders. We are hard at work expanding platforms for exchange, coaching, and learning across the state. We're preparing to advocate for sector interests in response to legislative challenges we expect in early 2012. And we'll soon be releasing new research that yields actionable insight on what drives high-performing nonprofits. It's all about elevating support for sector leaders -- working to help sharpen their capacity to lead, stimulating critical conversations, facilitating connections, and championing their interests."

Peer-based Leadership Program for Nonprofit CEOs

As a cornerstone of the Initiative, GCN is introducing a new peer-based leadership program, Nonprofit CEO Peerspectives, a forum for chief executives of mid to large organization to sharpen their leadership capacity and help build supportive peer networks. Highlights of the program, which begins November 15th, are a series of executive workshops and panels, focused roundtable discussions, executive coaching and mentoring, and evening networking receptions with influential leaders in the funder community.

"We are listening to what nonprofits CEOs are telling us they need," explains GCN VP Consulting Services, Cindy Cheatham, VP of GCN's Consulting Services who developed the Peerspectives program with the direct input of a CEO Advisory Council and focus group. A seasoned executive coach and facilitator, Cheatham also has direct experience with the peer-based program approach, which she confirms "have proven highly effective to for-profit business leaders, but are typically not available or affordable to nonprofit leaders."

"One of the problems in the CEO role is that you’re alone. You don’t always have a place to be totally honest and open about challenges and issues," explains Peerspectives Advisory Council Member Kathy Colbenson, CEO of CHRIS Kids, Inc. "This is a conversation you can have with other leaders. Together we can bounce off ideas and share, look at what others have tried, hear about new ideas, and gain richer ‘data’ from which to make decisions.”

St. Vincent De Paul Society CEO John Berry concurs that "having a program where we can sit down together and talk through problems and work in real-time on issues we are facing is critical."

Christina Lennon, Executive Director of Georgia Lion's Lighthouse adds, "the Peerspectives program will provide a time when I’m able to be strategic. So often, we are just putting out fires. We need to make the time to separate ourselves from the day to day – to get out of the weeds – and to work proactively on leading.

About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits
Over the past 20 years, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits has become a leading state nonprofit organization through its work to improve the quality of life in Georgia communities by helping to create higher-performing nonprofits. GCN magnifies nonprofit impact in powerful ways—through training, networking, knowledge sharing, advocacy, and collaborations. Learn more at http://www.gcn.org

The Georgia Leadership Initiative
Learn more at http://www.gcn.org/Learn/GeorgiaLeadershipInitiative.aspx

Nonprofit CEO Peerspectives
Learn more at http://www.gcn.org/learn/nonprofitceopeersepctives.aspx

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