Marlboro launches Center for New Leadership
Prompted by growing demand for regional programs supporting mission-driven individuals and organizations, Marlboro has introduced the Center for New Leadership (CNL) as an umbrella for related community engagement and professional development activities. Partnering with individuals, organizations, and coalitions, CNL’s goal is to strengthen leadership capacity in the mission-driven sector through teaching, coaching, and consulting.
“We do not define ‘new leadership,’” said Kate Jellema, CNL director and degree chair for the MS in Management–Mission Driven Organizations program. “Rather, we have opened up a space for inquiry around the types of leadership that may be needed now.”
The Center for New Leadership will serve as the “home” for Marlboro’s growing lineup of professional development programs for the mission-driven community. These include Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, the Board Leadership Institute, Get on Board, the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, the MIX brownbag series, the Women’s Leadership Circles of Vermont, and ALIGN for Emerging Leaders.
“We’ve been talking a lot about ‘system leadership,’ built around systems thinking, reflective practice, and a commitment to co-creating a thriving future,” continued Kate. “We are also interested in exploring other threads including mindfulness and leadership, leadership for social justice, nature-based leadership, shared leadership, facilitative leadership, and servant leadership.”
With a focus on non-degree and not-for-credit opportunities, Marlboro’s Center for New Leadership works in synergy with the college’s management degree programs. CNL programming not only serves as a great feeder for graduate degrees at Marlboro, they also offer Marlboro students and alumni a ladder of statewide opportunity and skill-building opportunities that complement their degrees.
There are further plans to formalize CNL’s in-house consulting services and capacity-building work later this summer, including coaching, consulting, and customized training for businesses and nonprofits. The creation of CNL would have been impossible without the generosity of AD Henderson Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, TD Charitable Fund, and the American Express Foundation, and the center continues to seek additional funding from other foundations and private donors.