Lift360’s EMERGING LEADERS program is an interactive and innovative program that prepares emerging leaders across all sectors to serve on nonprofits as board members, committee members, and/or skilled volunteers. Launched in 2010, the Emerging Leaders program has now matched nearly 200 young professionals with over 70 community organizations in Maine. The program is led by Lift360’s Senior Consultant and Program Director, Carol Walker Aten, who is accompanied by several volunteer panelists and Lift360 consultant, Suzanne Austin. The Lift360 team carefully matches the interests and skills of participants with the needs expressed by Maine nonprofits.
By 2025 – 75% of the workforce will be millenials. Emerging Leaders is focused on reversing national statistics: according to BoardSource, boards have had less inclusive youth representation over the past 20 years. In 1994, more than half of board members were reported as being between 30 and 49 years old. In 2014 only 17% of board members are younger than 40 (3% increase since 2010) Younger nonprofit board and committee members add vital diversity to nonprofit boards. They bring different perspectives, ask fresh questions, and provide new skillsets. Studies also show that young leaders who are actively involved in their communities are two to three times more likely to stay and contribute to those communities. We believe that Maine has much to gain from the personal and professional connections that the Lift360 Emerging Leaders program creates between engaged, young leaders and the nonprofit community.
- To identify, recruit, train and match young professionals to volunteer board and committee leadership positions with nonprofit organizations
- To create a network of talented and resourceful young leaders who will establish strong and lasting civic relationships that are personally and professionally beneficial
- To increase awareness for nonprofit agencies and professionals of the talent and knowledge of this under-utilized group
- To develop young professionals’ sustained commitment to their communities so that they are more likely to remain in-state and contribute to the Maine economy and well-being of its communities
Next Class: Emerging Leaders 8 (Sept 2017-Dec 2017)
Nominate a candidate for EL8! Please fill out this form.
Nonprofits interested in receiving an EL8 board/committee match: Please fill out this form.
Please contact Gretchen Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. We do not require that you are nominated before applying.
Emerging Leaders launched in 2010 as Young Emerging Leaders and was seed-funded by Norton Insurance and Financial, with WEX sponsorship. Current partners include Rippleffect and Portland Symphony Orchestra.
- Blog by Joely Ross, Emerging Leaders alumna, about her experience with the program
- Read about the beginning of the pilot program in the June 26, 2010 Portland Press Herald
- Read about the graduating pilot program class in the January 30, 2011 Portland Press Herald
- Video: Need for a LeaderSHIFTPartners include Rippleffect and the Portland Symphony Orchestra.Partners include Rippleffect and the Portland Symphony Orchestra.