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Nonprofit Leaders Learning to Respond to Complex Challenges

Posted on February 24, 2021

Advancing Macomb is partnering with EmcArts, a national service organization that works alongside individuals, organizations and communities as they tackle their most complex challenges to offer a six-month peer cohort that uses a collaborative approach to improve organizational resiliency in the face of COVID-19’s constant disruptive change. In this Adaptive Leadership Circle, participants will recognize and strengthen the adaptive change and leadership capacities frequently found at the core of artistic process – the same capacities that contribute to flexibility, innovation and reinvention when addressing critical organizational issues. The program has been specifically designed to meet the needs of local social impact organization leaders. Moreover, with support from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Advancing Macomb is providing this program at no cost to the selected cohort of 12 participants.

Developed and led by EmcArts, this “Circle” will focus on building understanding and skills to lead in an adaptive world and organization. Goals of the program include identifying and exploring an individual leadership challenge, developing, and implementing a small experiment toward this goal, and building this collaborative cohort into a group for shared learning and mutual support.

Adaptive Leadership Circle Participants

Amy Haba, Good Shepherd Coalition

Angela Lenda, Advancing Macomb

Diane Banks, Advancing Macomb

Dorie Vazquez-Nolan, Macomb County Child Advocacy Center, Inc. (Care House)

Jennifer Fisher, Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan

Jeri Hunley, Single Family Living

Laketa Dumas, The BIG Institute

Mehmed Muharemovic, LK St. Clair Soccer, Inc.

Stacy Bahri, Chaldean Community Foundation

Steve Gay, Macomb Community Action Head Start

Wanda Goodnough, Meals of Love