Center on Leadership Interviews

Human service leaders share their wisdom and advice with the sector through the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Center on Leadership's audio, print, and video interviews.

Before his role as executive consultant, David Johnson served as chief executive officer for nearly two decades at Family Service Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. In this interview, Johnson shares his growth as a leader and provides advice for emerging leaders in the nonprofit, human-serving sector.

Pam Darnall, President and CEO of Family & Children's Place, was recently chosen as an Alden Fellow by the Community Foundation of Louisville. In this article, Darnall discusses the leadership development opportunity that was presented to her as a result of this award and Susan Barry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville speaks to the importance of investing in leadership.

Mike Boehm began his career at Family & Children’s Center in 1996. Sixteen years later, he now serves as the organization's president and CEO. In this interview, Boehm shares how he has grown over time as a leader and what his organization is doing to develop emerging leaders. He also provides his thoughts on the generational differences in leadership.

Wes Farmer, executive director of Lancaster Community Safety Coalition in Pennsylvania, recently completed his dissertation, The Motivators and the Motivated: What Mechanisms Do Nonprofit Organizations Use to Spur Engagement, and Do They Work? An Exploratory Case Study. In this interview, he discusses the significant role nonprofit human-serving organizations play in civic engagement.

Stanford L. Brown, former executive director of Alliance member The Bridge in Caldwell, New Jersey, discusses intergenerational leadership, the traits that made him successful, and how he's dealt with health challenges in this interview with Rehana Absar, knowledge, leadership, and innovation associate at the Alliance.

This podcast features Bill Gillis, 35-year veteran of the human-serving sector, who reflects on his career and shares insight on leadership in the sector. In 2013, he retired from his role as president and CEO of Alliance member One Hope United.

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