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Member Spotlight: Rising Leaders Class of 2019

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Member Spotlight: Rising Leaders Class of 2019


Our nonprofit sector is growing – fast. It’s expanded by as much as 20% during the past 10 years, according to studies.


As new and existing organizations expand, a fresh crop of leaders is needed to oversee programs and services as well as manage advocacy, philanthropy, and many other initiatives.


Enter Nonprofits First’s Rising Leaders program.


We profile our program and meet the new class of 2019 as part of our December member spotlight.



Rising Leaders has a simple and honorable purpose: prepare nonprofit staff members to lead the organizations and causes that they serve.


Our program helps employees gain the next level of personal and professional growth in areas such as human resources, marketing, finances, board governance, and philanthropy.


Rising Leaders participants learn leadership skills that set them apart from their peers. They develop a strong understanding of how they can play a critical role in shaping their nonprofits so that they meet their mission and improve our community.


Nonprofits need great leaders – especially now.


A 2016 study of nonprofits (Nonprofit Salaries & Staffing Report) found more than 50% of the survey respondents reported staff increases, and employees transferring from the for-profit sector were also on the rise as workers looked to nonprofits as a favored place for the next job or to renew a career.


Here’s another important data point: After retail and manufacturing, nonprofits employ more people than any other sector, according to Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project. That’s nearly 12 million people working for various social good groups. By comparison, just over 12 million people work in manufacturing, and another 16 million earn paychecks from retail trade.


That’s a lot of jobs, and a lot of opportunities to become a leader.


We hope members of our new Rising Leaders class will find those opportunities and lead their organizations to do even more good in Palm Beach County and beyond.


Introducing the members of our new class:


Alexis Howard, Community Aids Network

Brittany Perdigon, Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach

C’jon Armstead, Quantum Foundation

Claudia Harrison, Compass Inc.

Claudia Herrera, Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Crystal Dole, The Lord's Place Joshua Thrift Store

Dolores Korf, Community Partners

Donna Denney, United Way of Palm Beach County

Hallie Balbuena, Children's Home Society of Florida

Iris Soto, Families First of Palm Beach County

Jacqueline Medina, Pine Ridge Holistic Living Center

Jaime Joshi, Community Partners

Jose Catana Morales, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Kathryn Fant, The Lord’s Place

Kayla Morton, Nonprofits First

Krissy Webb, Student ACES

Leandra Silfa, Adopt-A-Family

Melinda Becker, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Michelle Davis, Boys Town South Florida

Odessa Walker, Housing Partnership (Community Partners)

Rose Newbold, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.

Saidy Garzon, Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group, Inc.

Shakiyla Hart, The Lord’s Place

Shari Waknin-Cohen, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, Inc.

Trinea Freeman Martin, Area Agency on Aging


To learn more about our Rising Leaders program, click here.

To watch what past Rising Leaders participants had to say about the program, click here

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Rising Leaders Spotlight: Andrew Wallick - Community Partners

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, February 2, 2018

"I wanted to join Rising Leaders to become a better leader, take my program to the next level, and be able to help more clients. I see Rising Leaders getting me to my goals by teaching me new skills while also honing the skills I already have and to improve my management techniques as well as organizational growth."

-Andrew Wallick, Community Partners

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Rising Leaders Spotlight: Robin Newkirk, Community Partners

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Thursday, November 16, 2017


"Rising Leaders has not only made me a better nonprofit professional, Rising Leaders has made me a better person. It has changed my life. It’s made me think about things differently; receive people differently. Rising Leaders has made me more conscious, more aware. It's made me understand the difference between a good leader and being a good manager. The way Rising Leaders has taught us to communicate with each other, raise our self awareness, and raise our level of emotional intelligence. When you plug that in, and it all comes together, it’s very transcending."

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Caroline Tanner - Easter Seals Florida (Rising Leaders 2017)

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Sunday, August 27, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Amy McKown - Area Agency on Aging (Rising Leaders 2017)

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Friday, August 25, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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