Leadership Development Launches New Mentorship Program

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Current and past co-chairs provide mentorship and advice to first-time chairs at during a panel at this summer’s Chair training event.

Fall 2016 sees the rollout of the Leadership Development Committee (LDC) and its new chair mentorship program. New to the NYJL for the 2016-17 volunteer year, the LDC will provide a training platform to prepare volunteers for future leadership positions at the NYJL. This year, the committee will sponsor all leadership trainings as well as prepare for launch of a new leadership development program in the 2017-18 volunteer year.

Through the mentorship program, each member of the LDC will pair with all newly appointed committee chairs for the duration of their first volunteer year in the position. These mentors will serve as a touch point for new chairs; a resource for guidance on diplomacy, “soft skills” and strategies for providing effective and efficient leadership.

“Mentors are not a replacement for your co-chair or Council Head,” explains Contessa Officer, an LDC chair.

Melody Morgan, Officer’s co-chair, agrees, “We want to provide these first-time chairs access to women who have repeatedly demonstrated that they have ‘the right stuff’ and are willing to share that knowledge and wisdom with the next generation.”

Members of LDC, an invitation-only committee, cover a remarkable range of League experience. The committee is comprised of seasoned chairs from all areas, former members of the Management Council and Board of Directors, past Outstanding Volunteers and Outstanding Sustainers as well as a former President.

“This is an impressive group of women. Melody and I are excited to be working with them, and look forward to the program being an unprecedented success,” adds Ms. Officer.

First-time chairs will begin working with their mentors this September and connect throughout the year at informal question and answer sessions, opportunities for networking and ad-hoc communication. In addition to the mentorship program, the committee is tasked with developing a formal chair training curriculum for all new chairs, which is slated for implementation next fall.

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