2016 Leadership with Purpose Program

Program Overview

This program is offered by Michigan Nonprofit Association and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

In order for emerging professionals (of all ages) to build careers that are both right for them and good for the world they must take a very different approach from that of the past.  To succeed, emerging professionals must “found their career” just as an entrepreneur might found a new organization. 

This program helps people identify their purpose within social change work, as well as their individual strengths and weaknesses.  It also empowers them to create careers that align with their passion and skill set. 

Designed as a leadership exploration cohort for participants from diverse backgrounds and experiences, this program consists of three non-consecutive full day convenings to be held over a three month period. These convenings will be located in Kalamazoo, Lansing and Detroit.  The cohort will capitalize on regional diversity and will be exposed to different nonprofits, nonprofit leaders, and causes across Michigan.  Cohort participants will attend all three convenings to maximize learning, networking and clarity on making a career meaningful and impactful.  Each convening will feature local nonprofit leaders who will provide advice and experience.

In addition, cohort participants will gain access to Michigan Nonprofit Association’s resources through a new year-long “Career Development MNA Membership.”  This membership will provide on-going professional development and immersion into Michigan’s nonprofit sector.

Benefits for Individual Cohort Members

  • Clarity on what you are passionate about
  • Finding your “happiness”: identifying the social change work that is most fulfilling to you
  • Access to Michigan’s nonprofit leaders
  • Identifying a personal brand to aid in career development
  • Peer networking with a diverse audience from various Michigan regions
  • Career guidance from experts in the nonprofit sector
  • Confidence building to take action
  • Professional development in the following areas: public speaking, listening skills, collaboration, self-reflection, problem solving, bold leadership, risk-taking/assessing

 Benefits for Employers of Cohort Members

  • Identification of employees’ top strengths and interests to be leveraged by employer
  • Motivation and boldness to tackle challenges a nonprofit employer is facing
  • Retention: Participants will receive clarity in their purpose and identify their most fulfilling role within the organization.
  • Networking and collaborating: idea collecting/sharing with peers across the state
  • Employees with improved skills in the areas of public speaking, listening skills, collaboration, self-reflection, problem solving, bold leadership, risk-taking/assessing

Required of participants

  • You must participate fully in all aspects of the cohort including attending all three convenings and post-program evaluations (conducted electronically 6-12 months after completion of cohort)
  • You must commit to putting your learning to action at your place of employment and/or through community involvement
  • If applicable, you must have your employer’s support/recommendation to participate in all three cohort convenings
  • Desire to work in or serve Michigan’s nonprofit sector

Important Dates to place on your calendar now!

  • September 30, 2016 – Cohort participants gain access to MNA member resources through “Career Development MNA Membership"
  • September 30, 2016 – Lansing convening
  • October 21, 2016 – Kalamazoo convening
  • November 4, 2016 – Detroit convening
  • September 1, 2017 – Complimentary Career Development MNA Membership concludes

Program Fee

While this program is valued at $1,000 per participant, there will be no cost to participants. Additionally, participants will receive the following:

  • One-year "Career Development MNA Membership"
  • Attendance at three Leadership with Purpose convenings located in Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Detroit
  • Travel stipend to attend convenings for those traveling more than 100 miles
  • Overnight accommodations for those traveling more than 100 miles


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