For the past three years, the ONEplace Nonprofit Leadership Academy has offered twenty participants the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of leading a nonprofit organization.
During the Academy, a variety of local experts and practitioners guide the participants through subject matter critical to nonprofit leadership as well as personal development activities vital to being a leader. As a result, participants discover their own leadership qualities and challenges through assessments, group discussion, and various participative exercises, and develop a plan for future steps toward leadership.
Each participant works with a mentor for the duration of the Academy. The mentor (usually a current executive director) meets with the participant every other week to further discuss topics raised in class and other related issues. These relationships allow students to assimilate material into their own experience and learn the interrelationships of issues from someone in the field.
The Academy includes eight half-day sessions running every other Friday beginning early February and concluding in mid-May. In 2014, each session met 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Oshtemo Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library. An orientation session was held in early December.
Prospective participants are encouraged to attend ONEplace workshops offered throughout the year to prepare for this intensive Academy.
Applications will be available in October 2014
Questions may be directed to ONEplace staff –
ONLA Class of 2014
Back: Joy Mills, Kim Warner, Staci Schafer, Libby Ziemelis, Beth McCann, Kevin Rikkers, Artrella Cohn, Anders Dahlberg, Sarah Joshi, Matt Milcarek.
Front: Jay Maddock, Liz Dodson, Gwendolyn Jennings, Dottie Myers-Hill, Genna Musial
Javae Cummings (not pictured)