As the diversity of our community continues to grow, it is more important than ever that non-profit boards of directors reflect the community they serve. Blueprint for Leadership taps into the significant diverse talent in Berks County and trains individuals to serve in key leadership volunteer positions. The next six-week course will begin in March 2018 and conclude with a class graduation. Throughout the course, participants will:
• Engage in the training sessions - six morning workshops, once a week for 3 hours, followed by a graduation session
• Become aware of the influences that culture, values and beliefs have on how we interact with each other and to leverage that awareness into becoming an effective leader
• Sharpen interpersonal skills needed to be a successful professional and to incorporate them into an effective individual work style
• Put new skills into practice through volunteer service with a local organization
• Enhance those skills through follow-up mentoring and group interchange
In 2017 the Blueprint for Leadership Program graduated 12 participants representing 10 organizations: Cambridge-Lee Industries; East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.; EnerSys; Fulton Bank; Girl Scouts of Eastern PA; Godiva Chocolatier; Met-Ed, a FirstEnergy Company; Reading Hospital - Tower Health; Santander Bank and Shuman Group. These graduates plan to advance their development and serve in leadership roles with varied community organizations, including Leadership Berks, United Way of Berks County’s Loaned Campaign Specialist Program and varied area nonprofits.
United Way works with representatives from Alvernia University, Centro Hispano, City of Reading, Met-Ed, A FirstEnergy Company, NAACP, National Penn, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Council to implement this program.
Learn more about the ways in which Blueprint for Leadership will benefit your employees, your company and our community: BFL Fact Sheet