Healthy, vibrant communities are best achieved when civic leadership reflects the diversity of the community. Yet here in ethnically and racially diverse King County, too many people of color are left out of the public conversation.
Project LEAD – Leadership Effectiveness And Diversity – is a leadership training program that prepares highly qualified people of color to serve effectively on nonprofit boards. More than 1,000 individuals have graduated from Project LEAD since it began in 1992. Most are now contributing their unique perspectives to nonprofit organizations across King County.
Project LEAD training occurs each spring. Over the course of a month, participants attend four weekday evening workshops and three full-day weekend workshops. The program concludes with a graduation ceremony and agency fair where graduates can meet representatives of nonprofit organizations that are seeking new members for their boards.
Topics addressed in training workshops include:
Members also engage in dialogue about race and how being a person of color relates to their role on a nonprofit board.
Applicants must demonstrate:
Applicants must also be prepared to take on the legal and financial responsibilities of becoming a nonprofit board member. These include, but are not limited to:
Due to the critical need for more diverse nonprofit board leadership, Project LEAD is only open to people of color. Applicants are selected based on a written application and interview.
There is a $150 fee for program materials, due after you are accepted in the program. A limited number of scholarships are available for those facing economic hardships.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-461-5014.
Training takes place in Spring 2016 over four weeks. Participants must attend all sessions from March 30 — April 20. Classes are held Wednesday evenings from 6:00—8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. Class topics range from Fiscal Management for Board Members to a Dialogue on Race—What Is Your Role on the Board? Project LEAD attracts some of the region’s most talented speakers and trainers. A graduation reception and agency fair for board recruitment takes place on the evening of April 27. Check out highlights from this year’s Project LEAD graduation.
Applications for the Spring 2016 Class are due December 4. Interviews will take place in December and applicants will be selected by January 22, 2016.
Applications for the Spring 2016 Class have now closed.