Program Focus Areas
Leadership United will focus on three main pillars that will be used as building blocks for the program curriculum:
- Board Education: Learn from experts in the field of leadership and board development, then serve as a board fellow with a local community-based organization
- Community Issues: Learn from subject-matter experts about the community’s most pressing needs
- Leadership Development: Participate in learning experiences centered around interactive activities, group problem solving, team building and strategies
Topics covered throughout the six-month program include:
Time Commitment & Our Commitment to You
- Board Basics, Fiscal & Fiduciary Responsibility, and Fundraising and Marketing
- Topics related to the United Way of Central Indiana priority areas: Basic Needs, 2-Gen work through Family Opportunity Initiatives, Public Policy & Advocacy, Social Innovation in philanthropy and Equity Initiatives for all people in our community
- Leadership assessment, personal vision of community leadership, and cultural competencies
The program cohort meets approximately once every 3 weeks for a six-month span from January to June (Spring Session) or from July to December (Fall Session). There will be two all-day sessions which will be in person (to be determined with COVID restrictions), with the remainder of the sessions being morning only and conducted virtually. Gaining board service insight through the board fellowship experience is an integral part of this program and will run for the length of the program, requiring you to attend board meetings where you will apply what you are learning in a hands-on way.
Our commitment to you is that you will walk away from this experience with more insight into the issues affecting Central Indiana and prepared to serve on a nonprofit board, as well as learning about and developing new parts of your own leadership skill set.
This is a competitive program, so be sure to:
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- Take the time to read over the full application before you begin
- Answer each question fully and thoughtfully
- Carefully consider the time commitment and program purpose before you submit your application
- Apply as early as possible
Nominate someone for Leadership United
Recommend a professional you think could benefit from the Leadership United Program. Provide their name, email and company and we'll reach out to let them know you recommended them.
Consider recommending a member of your team, a colleague, a friend or a family member who:
- Has a desire for active involvement in the community, particularly on a Board of Directors
- Keeps a pulse on community needs and trends
- Has an interest in continuing their development