Congratulations to the 2018 graduates of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Executive Leadership Institute. Executives and senior-level managers convened on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor April 29-May 4 for the intensive leadership development course. During the institute, they developed knowledge and skills to not only oversee day-to-day operations, but also prepare for the future and greater systems change.

“I had another amazing year in ELI and am truly sad the program is over,” said Kim Peterson, vice president of change management at Aviva Family and Children’s Services in Los Angeles. “I leave feeling revived and inspired and more committed to this sector.”

ELI assembles a wide variety of faculty from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, as well as academia. This year, sessions addressed gender’s impact on leadership, changing organizational culture to improve outcomes, starting an effective social enterprise, and more. A full-day of study tours, as well as projects completed and presented by the second-year students complements the classroom experience.

2018 graduates include:

  • Carolina DiGiorgio, president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos in Philadelphia
  • Patricia Holliday, vice president of human resources at Child & Family Services of Newport County in Middletown, Rhode Island
  • Amy Ley-Sanchez, division director at Hillsides in Los Angeles
  • Erica Mann, regional director at UMFS in Richmond, Virginia
  • Sheila Miller, vice president of finance at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Minot, North Dakota
  • Nelson Nava, CFO at HumanKind in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Kim Peterson, vice president of change management at Aviva Family and Children's Services in Los Angeles
  • Chris Potthast, vice president of finance and administration at The Family Conservancy in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jessica Repko, director of intake at La Salle School in Albany, New York
  • Katie Taylor, director of development at Northwestern University Settlement House in Chicago

“This been a truly tremendous experience,” said Carolina DiGiorgio, president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos in Philadelphia. “I have thoroughly valued and enjoyed my time and I’m thrilled to become part of this network.”

Save the date for next year’s institute—May 5-10 in Ann Arbor.

Contact Undraye Howard, senior portfolio lead for leadership and equity at the Alliance with questions or for more information.

Photo submitted by Amy Ley-Sanchez, division director at Hillsides in Los Angeles