EXCEL IN THEIR OWN WORDS
|What are sponsors, faculty and participants are saying about EXCEL? Read below.
“The Washington Post and others have reported on an unprecedented need for nonprofit leaders in the next decade. EXCEL responds directly to this need, addressing the development of nonprofit leaders in a comprehensive and innovative way. We are most impressed with the quality of the faculty and the focused attention to critical issues.”
Rob Reifsnyder, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
“The practical application of tools to my everyday work has been invaluable and reinforces my ability to be an effective leader in my organization.”
Tracey Collins, Cincinnati Area Senior Services, Inc.
“The quality of presenters has been amazing, and the contacts created with my classmates have opened the door to new organizational partnerships. I highly recommend this training.”
Tony Lawson, Duke Energy Children’s Museum
“EXCEL has been a great opportunity to both reinforce some things I already knew, but also to stretch into new areas. I truly believe EXCEL has been a worthwhile, and manageable, investment of time that has really helped me make an even more meaningful impact at my agency.”
Diana M. Grover, Cincinnati Union Bethel
“I chose to send a participant to EXCEL because the curriculum includes leadership and management topics important for any manager. Facilitators and luncheon speakers provide exposure to a variety of leadership styles as well as invaluable insights about the ways in which major Cincinnati corporations and institutions conduct their operations.”
Peter M. Bloch, Jewish Vocational Service
“Too often, nonprofit leaders come up through their own organizations, knowing their particular missions well, but are less familiar than they should be with the incredible network of other nonprofit leaders who can be a resource for them in many ways. As well, it’s often the case that, lacking depth or “bench strength,” the leaders of nonprofits do not have the opportunity corporate leaders take for granted to be able to participate in leadership activities designed to address their particular needs. EXCEL provides a great opportunity to attend to both of these important needs and thus helps to strengthen the important sector of nonprofit leadership within our community.”
Rev. Michael Graham, S.J., Xavier University
"EXCEL is an excellent vehicle to foster the long-term effectiveness of nonprofit institutions. Our support of this initiative is specifically intended to help nonprofits build the organizational capabilities they need to better fulfill their missions and serve their constituencies. Participation in EXCEL will provide these organizations the incentive and the resources to face their most challenging issues."
Kevin Canafax, Fidelity Investments, Midwest Site General Manager
"EXCEL recognizes the importance of developing tomorrow's agency leaders today. The integrity of the nonprofit sector depends upon a strong queue of managers ready, willing and able to take on executive leadership roles . EXCEL meets that need by providing a unique opportunity to improve skills and meet and network with community leaders."
Kathryn Merchant, President/CEO, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
"When I was first selected to participate in the EXCEL I class, I was a little ambivalent about the commitment as I truly believed it would be too time-consuming with all of my responsibilities. However, after going through the program, it was the most rewarding experience that I have had in my entire career. I not only learned different techniques about how to utilize management practices, I also learned many new things about myself as a manager. I have taken all of the concepts that I have learned and am able to incorporate them into my new found work ethic. Overall, it was a very rewarding experience, and I feel that I know so much more about becoming a Great Leader than those who have not participated in the classes."
Diana L. Pearson, M.Ed., LSW, LICDC, Talbert House
"EXCEL offers breadth and depth on many leadership topics as well as practical applications. I feel I am more skilled and more confident as a leader in my agency. I was able to start practicing these new skills right away and have felt immediate results. I am very grateful to have had this enriching experience; I am sure I will be able to apply this knowledge throughout my career."
Cathy Jo Veroni, Talbert House
"I have learned and grown so much through EXCEL. It has not only provided the key tools that I need to be effective, but has also been a guide to better self-awareness and insight that will allow me to tap into my fullest potential in a leadership role. The speakers and content have been consistently top-notch."
Beth Schwartz, Executive Director, Jewish Family Service of the Cincinnati
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