Live From the American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit
Greetings from the fourth annual American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit in NYC!
Over the next few days, we’ll be celebrating eleven years of a transformative program that has developed more than 3,000 nonprofit and social purpose leaders. Seventy-two distinguished program alumni from around the world are here today and tomorrow to grow their networks, enhance their leadership skills, and discuss key challenges facing nonprofit organizations.
This Summit is part of American Express’ commitment to championing the development of nonprofit and social purpose leaders globally – providing essential training and resources to enable these leaders as they drive change where it matters most.
Our conversations are pertinent to the challenges currently facing nonprofit professionals. And, we are thrilled to invite you to be a part of a discussion on Leadership During Times of Transition, featuring Angela Fernandez, Esq., executive director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, moderated by Dan Parks, managing director of The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Our Alumni Task Force unanimously voted to hear Angela speak, noting the relevancy of her top-level governmental experience and collaborative work with affected community members in all five boroughs of New York City.
Be sure to livestream the event at 4pm ET today via LeaderStories.org and tweet questions in real-time using #AmexLeads. Dan will also host an exclusive live preview of the conversation on The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Facebook page at 2:15 p.m. (ET).
We’re also preparing to announce the winner of the 2018 American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Award, which recognizes an Academy alumnus who consistently demonstrates strong leadership while significantly impacting their community. The recipient’s organization will receive a $25,000 grant to support operational programming.
Our sensational nominees are:
Lucretia Doyle, program manager, Points of Light Foundation – specializes in adolescent substance abuse rehabilitation, supervision, and development in the juvenile justice and foster care systems
Jillian Gedeon, co-founder, executive director, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning – empowers girls and women via family planning advocacy
Bahati Kanyamanza, co-founder, COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa – provides quality education to young people affected by conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes Region
Carlos Lejnieks, president & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties - mentors "at risk" youth through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships
Tonia Spence, senior director of early childhood services, The Jewish Board – clinician, educator, presenter and advocate for young children who have experienced trauma through the lens of racial stress.
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