Leading From Within

The Leading from Within program is designed to develop aspiring Executive Directors and CEOs in a nine month long program that includes peer support, experiential learning, and leadership development. This training program is interactive and has expert trainers to discuss topics such as Personal Leadership Style, Leading your Team, Working with your Board, Financials, Fundraising/Networking, Strategic Planning, Imposter Syndrome, Mentoring, and more. The program will be held entirely in person this year.

NonProfitConnect is committed to recruiting a diverse cohort of participants for all of our programs. The goal of the Leading from Within program is to prepare current talented nonprofit middle and senior level managers for positions as Executive Directors or CEO’s within the next five years.

Individuals living or working in Mercer County, New Jersey will be prioritized.

Participation Fee Scale for Organizations Based on Budget:

· Under $500K: $300

· $500K-$1,000,000: $750

· $1,000,000-$5,000,000: $1250

· Above $5,000,000: $1800

Program Dates:

  • September 10, 2024 | Topic: Leading Yourself
  • October 15, 2024 | Topic: Leading Your Team
  • November 12, 2024| Topic: Mentoring and Emotional Intelligence
  • December 10, 2024 | Topic: Working With the Board and the Imposter Syndrome
  • January 14, 2025| Topic: Financials
  • February 11, 2025 | Topic: Leading Your Organization
  • March 11, 2025 | Topic: Stakeholders and External Facing Responsibilities
  • April 8, 2025 | Topic: Developing Strategy
  • May 13, 2025 | Topic: Program Conclusion

*All sessions will take place from 9:00am – 12:30pm IN PERSON. Location being finalized but in Mercer County.


“This training was a game changer, a purposeful and thoughtful program to encourage professional development and deep thinking about goals. I so appreciate the opportunity to participate and being so carefully matched with a phenomenal mentor.”

-LFW Participant

“Leading from Within is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills but to also build a community for professional growth.”

-LFW Participant

Thank You to Our Mentors

  • Pam Gregory– President & CEO of Princeton-Blairstown Center
  • Rodney Fuller– Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist

  • Michele Russo– President & CEO of Young Audiences NJ & Eastern PA

  • Karen Andrade-Mims– President & CEO of  The Father Center of New Jersey
  • Marion Reinson– Executive Director of Eating for Your Health
  • Joyce Campbell– CEO of Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
  • Leslie Koppel– Executive Director of RISE

  • Drew Dyson– CEO of Princeton Senior Resource Center

  • Carol Burden– President & CEO of Capital Harmony Works
  • Reginald Coleman– President & CEO of Boys & Girls Club Mercer County

  • Lori Morris– Former Executive Director of LifeTies
  • Xan Blake– Founder & President of The Blake Partnership, Inc

  • Tay Walker– President & CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Gloucester County
  • David Anderson– VP of Strategic Partnerships & Development of Boys & Girls Club Mercer County

  • Adriana Abizadeh– Executive Director of Kensington Corridor Trust

  • Marlene Lao-Collins – Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
  • David Fox – Executive Director of Arm & Arm
  • Jennifer Sheridan – Founder & Executive Director of Global Youth Transformation Initiative
  • Michelle Napell – Executive Director of Jewish Child & Family Services
  • Mark Uys – Executive Director of Princeton Symphony Orchestra