CFLeads is excited to announce the formation of our newest Executive Leadership Insititute (ELI) for CEOs cohort, generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation!
Executive Leadership Institute (ELI)
The Executive Leadership Institute is a year-long learning opportunity that focuses exclusively on community leadership for community foundation CEOs. Over the year, ELI cohorts meet three times for two-day small group meetings, including time for structured peer advising.
We created ELI for community foundation leaders in response to growing recognition in the field that the practice of community leadership requires specific skills and strategies.
ELI for Knight Cities Cohort Participants
The participants in the ELI for Knight Cities Cohort were selected based on a number of factors, including geography, mission and organizational goals.
ELI for Knight Cities participants are excited to learn more about strategies and techniques that will advance their community leadership skills. When asked about why they are interested in strengthening their foundation’s community leadership practice, one participant noted:
“[Our] residents value collaborative leadership, and our continued success in this area requires us to be bold in new ways. The work must be done in a way that honors different points of view while remaining steadfast in its ability to support underrepresented people.”
The community foundation executives that make up this cohort are:
- Susie Bowie, Manatee Community Foundation
- Katrina Rolle, Community Foundation of North Florida
- Shaun Floerke, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
- Kelly Anoe, Legacy Foundation
- Lisa Adkins, Blue Grass Community Foundation
- Shelly Prichard, Wichita Community Foundation
- Molly Kunkel, Centre Foundation
Advancing their community leadership practice will serve them well as they work to connect people to equitable public spaces and inclusive pathways to economic opportunity.
Please join us in congratulating these outstanding executives as they take on this important work!
About Knight Foundation
The Knight Foundation is a group of social investors who support democracy by funding free expression and journalism, arts and culture in community, research in areas of media and democracy, and in the success of American cities and towns where the Knight brothers once had newspapers.
The Executive Leadership Institute is a project of CFLeads, the national network of community foundations working together to build strong communities. CFLeads advances community leadership practice, shares knowledge and galvanizes community foundations around the key issues of our time. To learn more about our ELI work, visit our website and stay tuned for future updates.