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Are you an NGen Leader?

Since NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now was introduced at the 2008 IS Annual Conference, nearly 300 under-40 leaders have participated in special sessions, targeted networking opportunities, and an ongoing conversation about leadership development.  Commongood Careers had the privilege of the important role the next generation of leaders plays in solving our society’s most pressing problems.

At last year’s conference, IS introduced the American Express NGen Fellows Program. As Commongood Careers is a member of the NGen advisory committee, we are pleased to announce the second year of this unique leadership opportunity, which builds the capacity of 12 under-40 professionals from IS member organizations to shape the future of the nonprofit community.  The IS website provides details about the fellows program, including how to apply.  Completed applications are due March 29.

NGen fellows will enjoy a series of exceptional opportunities over the course of nine months, including collaborating with other under-40 leaders, interacting with established mentors, and contributing to IS’s work on nonprofit impact and leadership. Independent Sector will host the 12 fellows at our D.C. offices for a kick-off event in late August, and they will receive complementary registration and lodging to take part in the IS Annual Conference in Atlanta, October 20-22.  These experiences will culminate in a six-month group project that advances their leadership skills and contributes to the ability of emerging leaders to collaborate on sector-wide issues.

The American Express NGen Fellows Program is just one part of IS’s NGen initiative, which is designed to deepen the nonprofit talent pool by developing the leadership opportunities and professional networks of emerging leaders.  The inaugural cohort of fellows continues to work on the collaborative project that is at the heart of the program, and we encourage you to complete their online survey if you haven’t done so already. We have also already begun planning for this year’s NGen program in Atlanta; mark your calendars now for targeted NGen events open to all under-40 leaders October 19-20. 

This fellowship program offers dedicated young professionals at IS member organizations a rare opportunity to magnify their impact and accelerate their careers. We encourage you to apply today!

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