Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders
Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders is a 16-month program for emerging leaders at health-related nonprofits and local government agencies. The program instills expertise in collaboration, managing staff, team building, networking and innovation, enabling leaders in these critical institutions to accomplish more with less. The program is offered on a staggered schedule in several communities across the country.
Up to 30 emerging leaders can serve as program fellows in each of eight targeted communities across the United States:
- Central New York (Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and Thompkins counties)
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Albuquerque, New Mexico (Bernalillo County)
- Eastern North Carolina (Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, North Hampton, Warren, Wayne & Wilson Counties)
- Portland Metro Area (Multnomah, Washington, Clark (WA), and Clackamas counties)
- Newark, New Jersey
- Kansas City, Missouri
The training, valued at $16,000, is awarded to organizations at no cost. Fellows are expected to maintain their full-time positions, receiving support from their executive directors to engage in weekly program activity. Fellows participate in a series of educational programs, mentoring, and action-learning.
One of the most significant benefits to participating in the Ladder to Leadership program is the increased insight I’ve gained into my own and other individuals’ leadership and personality styles. I have a deeper understanding of how variations in communication and organizational perspectives can impact the success or failure of a project. More importantly, I can recognize and navigate the potential pitfalls associated with these differences in style. I am extremely grateful to the Ladder to Leadership program; it has profoundly impacted the way I think and approach collaborations with my co-workers and colleagues.