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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center For Creative Leadership Launch National Training Program for Nonprofit Leaders

Central New York Is First Of Nine Communities To Participate

In Fellowship Program To Prepare Next Generation of Professionals

PRINCETON, N.J. and GREENSBORO, N.C., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has joined with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to launch a national program to train the next generation of nonprofit leaders. The Ladder to Leadership program aims to boost the skills and capabilities of early- to mid-level professionals working in health and health-related organizations in nine U.S. communities so they will be well-poised to become executives as the current the generation of nonprofit leaders begins to retire. Over the next four years, 270 fellows - 30 in each community - will be selected to participate in the 16-month training.

"Nonprofit organizations are a critical part of health care and service delivery in this country. It is important we work with current leaders to build a pipeline of qualified future CEOs and Executive Directors, so we do not lose the vision and capacity needed to continue to do this work effectively in the future," said Sallie Petrucci George, Program Officer at the RWJF. "We are committed to investing in tomorrow's nonprofit leaders to make sure that they receive the training they need to best serve those at-risk communities."

The nonprofit sector, like many industries and sectors, is facing an impending exodus of senior leaders who will be retiring in the coming years. A study by the Bridgespan Group estimated that by 2016, nonprofit groups will need approximately 80,000 new senior managers each year. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there were 1.4 million nonprofit organizations in the United States as of 2006.

The program will be phased in over the next four years. Participating communities include: central New York (nine counties surrounding Syracuse, Ithaca, and Utica); Cleveland, O.H.; Birmingham, A.L.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Eastern N.C. (specific area to be determined); Portland, O.R.; the mid south (Western T.N., Eastern A.R., Northern M.S.); New Jersey (specific area to be determined); and Starr County, T.X.

The central New York region, the first community to launch the program, is now accepting applications for fellows through July 1. The Community Health Foundation of Central and Western New York is a local partner helping RWJF and CCL recruit fellows and promote the program in the central New York area.

These nine communities were chosen for a variety of reasons, including census and other demographic information, community-based needs for public health leadership development, and commitment of community partners.

"We believe this program will have a powerful and lasting impact on individual leaders and their organizations," said Karen Dyer, Director of CCL's Education and Nonprofit Sector. "Fellows will be taught a range of skills, from how to build and manage a team to problem-solving and networking. The three-part curriculum includes a mixture of face-to-face training sessions, individualized executive coaching, and team project work all within the context of the communities in which these leaders work."

Fellows who are chosen will be asked to commit approximately 18 to 25 days to the project over the 16-month period.

To become a fellow, applicants must demonstrate a record of accomplishment within the nonprofit sector, potential for leadership in the nonprofit health or health care field, and a proven commitment to serving at-risk groups. To learn more about who is eligible and how to apply, visit:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL (R)) is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, educational institution, CCL helps clients worldwide cultivate creative leadership--the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries--through an array of programs, products and other services. Ranked among the world's top providers of executive education by BusinessWeek and the Financial Times, CCL is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., with campuses in Colorado Springs, C.O.; San Diego, C.A.; Brussels, Belgium; and Singapore. Its work is supported by more than 500 faculty members and staff.

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