Next Step CEO Chris Nicely Selected for NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program

We just received this press release from NextStep:

Through the Achieving Excellence Program, NeighborWorks in partnership with Harvard University offers leaders high-level coaching to advance their organization’s impact.

Louisville, Kentucky – Next Step Network, a nonprofit based in Louisville, Kentucky, is proud to announce that its CEO, Chris Nicely, is one of 50 national leaders selected for the eighth class of the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, conducted at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
 
The Achieving Excellence Program, made possible in part by support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, equips executives with the skills to advance their organizations’ performance. Each participant defines a specific challenge critical to their organization’s success and then spends the program addressing that challenge.
 
“I am honored to have been selected to join this truly unique group of dedicated leaders,” said Nicely. “This personal challenge will not only stretch and expand my capacity, but allow me to experience a wide range of perspectives and adopt tools for increasing probabilities of goal attainment. I am very excited to be attending.”
 
The NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program has graduated 325 CEOs and other senior leaders since the first class began in 2002. In an impact evaluation of a recent class of the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, 72 percent created positive change in their communities, 77 percent raised staff performance and morale, and 100 percent improved organizational strength and results.  
 
“The Achieving Excellence Program equips leaders with the tools to build stronger organizations – more engaged and results-oriented staff and board members working to achieve even greater impact in their communities. This not only affects the organizations and communities but also results in a stronger pipeline of energized leaders throughout the nonprofit sector,” said Christina Deady, senior director of leadership and workforce development at NeighborWorks America.
 
This year’s program begins in August with the first of three Harvard University-based sessions, plus three additional meetings across the country. It will conclude with a graduation and a forum with alumni from classes one-seven at a NeighborWorks Training Institute. Between sessions, participants will work on the challenge most critical to their organizations’ success, with the guidance of their executive coach and the feedback from their peer group.

Congratulations to Chris and NextStep for this wonderful honor!

Suzanne FelberComment