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Check back often for the latest Lift360 news and announcements, including press releases, media coverage, requests for engagement and other Lift360 leadership and consulting updates.

Latest Updates

An Important Announcement

posted on January 3rd, 2018

Lift360 Places Leadership Intensive, Emerging Leaders and Springboard Programs with two leading Statewide Nonprofit Organizations The goal is to position the programs for continued growth

Frequently Asked Questions

posted on January 3rd, 2018

Q: Does this mean that Lift360 is no longer an organization? A: In essence, yes. The Board of Lift360 felt that the best way to

Lift360 Turns 25

posted on October 18th, 2017

Lift360 is 25 this year, and it is a good time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we might be in the future. How do we continue elevating leadership and civic engagement?

Emerging Leaders 8 begins on Cow Island

posted on September 18th, 2017

Our eighth class of the Emerging Leaders program started this past weekend on Cow Island with our friends at Rippleffect. We are grateful to Opportunity Alliance and

Leadership Intensive 25th Class Begins!

posted on September 14th, 2017

Lift360 is excited to announce the 25th class of our Leadership Intensive. The program began this week and is led by Laura Moorehead, and features sessions with Gary

We’ve Moved!

posted on July 31st, 2017

Over the past year we have been transitioning our network to the cloud and have made the leap into virtual office! Our new address is

Welcome Eric Moberg!

posted on July 25th, 2017

Eric Moberg has been hired as our new Program Coordinator. We have said a fond (sad) farewell to the amazing Gretchen Williams who starts with

“Next Generation Leadership” – a Lift360 Breakfast Review

posted on June 9th, 2017

This spring, I had the opportunity to join Lift360’s Leadership in Action Breakfast as their newest Skilled Volunteer. Betsy Biemann, the new CEO of Coastal Enterprises,

Meet Camden, Lift360’s Newest Skilled Volunteer!

posted on May 3rd, 2017

We are excited to welcome our newest Skilled Volunteer, Camden Black Ingersoll, to the Lift360 team! Camden Black Ingersoll grew up in the “Live free

Tom Rumpf named Acting Director of Lift360

posted on April 14th, 2017

The Board of Directors of Lift360 has named Tom Rumpf as Acting Executive Director. Tom is a graduate of the Kappa Class of the Lift360

2017 Distinguished Alumn: Reza Jalali

posted on March 6th, 2017

Lift360 is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Alumn: Reza Jalali (Delta class, 1996) Reza Jalali, recognized as one of the eminent ethnic Americans in

Lift360 Staff Transitions for the 25th Program Year

posted on March 3rd, 2017

Lift360 announced today that Jan Kearce will be leaving her post as Executive Director in April. She is taking a position at the Maine Development

Lift360 Community Institute: Housing for All rescheduled to Wednesday April 12.

posted on February 6th, 2017

Answering the Big Question: Side x Side’s Springboard Panel

posted on January 23rd, 2017

On Friday, November 18th, I grabbed my tea and left home before the sun rose. My destination: the VIA Agency’s offices in the old Baxter

Inside the Portland Symphony Orchestra with Emerging Leaders

posted on January 23rd, 2017

In 1994, more than 50% of nonprofit board members reported being between the ages of 30 and 49. By 2014, only 17% of nonprofit board

Matt Theodores (Psi Class) – Maine Boys to Men

posted on December 12th, 2016

What do you do when you realize you want to contribute more to your community in ways that are fulfilling and personally challenging? What do

Omega Class Donates 600 Meals!

posted on December 1st, 2016

On November 10th and 11th, the Leadership Intensive Omega Class had their third session together.  What began as a traditional session of learning and sharing

Omega Class Al Curran Scholars

posted on November 8th, 2016

We are excited to announce the three Omega Class recipients of this year’s Al Curran Leadership Intensive Scholarship: Henri N’koy-Bofumbo, Melissa Hutchins, and Ali Al

Al Curran’s ‘Magic of Collaborative Leadership’

posted on November 2nd, 2016

This is a summary of Al Curran’s Distinguished Graduate Award acceptance speech; you can read the entire transcript here. There are many things you could

Francine Ngabu Named Laura Moorehead Scholar of the Omega Class

posted on November 2nd, 2016

Last spring, Lift360 celebrated and thanked Laura Moorehead for her twelve years of dedication to ICL, Lift360, and the Leadership Intensive program in particular. Through

Maine’s New National Monument: Difficult Conversations and What’s Next

posted on November 2nd, 2016

It was with some reservation and a lot of curiosity that I attended Lift360’s Leadership in Action Breakfast on October 25th. With a theme of

A “Contagious Piggy-Backing of Ideas”: Volunteering with Springboard

posted on October 13th, 2016

Our first article on Springboard discussed the creation and history of the now 15-year-old program, while the second article shared the experiences of four recent

Stories from the “Peanut Gallery”: How Springboard Helps Local Nonprofits

posted on October 5th, 2016

In the first article in our series on Springboard, we talked about the creation and history of the Springboard program, now celebrating its 15th year. We learned

Dick Sawyer, Theta Class (2000), Photography Show at Lift360

posted on October 5th, 2016

Now entering its 24th year, the Lift360 ICL Leadership Intensive recently began training its newest class. This year’s Omega Class will meet a total of

Happy 15th Birthday, Springboard!

posted on September 23rd, 2016

You may have read or heard about Lift360’s Springboard program. You’ll likely hear a lot more about it as we celebrate its 15th birthday this

Meet Lift360’s Skilled Volunteer, Eric Moberg

posted on September 12th, 2016

A Bit of Background: A native of Westbrook, Maine, Eric is a graduate of the Media Studies program at the University of Southern Maine. He

Mary Ellms, Lift360 Reporter, Describes the Role of a Skilled Volunteer

posted on August 10th, 2016

It’s a common problem among nonprofits: limited staff are unable to meet all of the organization’s needs, but lack of funding prevents hiring more staff

Meet Lift360’s New Senior Consultant, Jane Lafleur!

posted on August 10th, 2016

We are excited to welcome Jane Bechtel Lafleur to Lift360 as our newest Senior Consultant. Jane will be a strong addition to our team of facilitators and consultants who work closely

Terming off and Coming on Board at Lift360

posted on June 30th, 2016

Lift360 is now at the start of a new year, and we are feeling very grateful for the leadership, service, support and wisdom our Board

Leadership Learning with Tom Shepard, Omicron

posted on May 6th, 2016

The ICL Leadership Intensive has cultivated and strengthened hundreds of community leaders throughout Northern New England since its inception in 1992. In the Leadership Learning

Leadership Learning with Kari Suva, Omicron Class

posted on April 12th, 2016

Name: Kari Suva LI Year: Omicron, 2007 Profession: Independent Consultant, Rivermill Group Kari Suva went through the ICL Leadership Intensive in 2007-2008. For Kari, the experience

Try This Winning Formula For Giving Feedback

posted on April 4th, 2016

The meeting wasn’t going well. I had prepared an agenda, but the staff person at the meeting had different ideas. It didn’t help that I

“For the times, they are a-changing”: Adapt and Collaborate to Effectively Lead Through Disruptive Change

posted on March 21st, 2016

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  When Albert Einstein expressed this sentiment the world

Leadership Learning with Kevin Roche

posted on March 8th, 2016

The ICL Leadership Intensive has cultivated and strengthened hundreds of community leaders throughout Northern New England since its inception in 1992. In the Leadership Learning

Leadership Learning: “Opportunity” with Matt McManus

posted on February 16th, 2016

The ICL Leadership Intensive has cultivated and strengthened hundreds of community leaders throughout Northern New England since its inception in 1992. In the Leadership Learning

2016 Distinguished Alumnus

posted on February 10th, 2016

We are very excited to announce this year’s Lift360 Distinguished Alumnus: Mr. Al Curran! A member of the Lift360 ICL Leadership Intensive Alpha class, Al is

March 1st: Lift360 Open House

posted on February 9th, 2016

Open House and Program Information at the Lift360 office! March 1st, 5-7 pm at 132 Spring St., Portland Come to meet Lift360 staff and alumni

New Addition to the Lift360 Team!

posted on January 28th, 2016

We are delighted to announce the newest addition to the Lift360 team: Guelord Balekelayi! Guelord is a senior at the the University of Southern Maine,

What’s Your Collaborative Leadership Type?

posted on January 5th, 2016

All too often, leadership can be misconstrued as an individual effort, most stereotypically exercised by a single figurehead who surveys operations from above. But—as all

Thinking about joining next year’s Leadership Intensive or Emerging Leaders?

posted on December 22nd, 2015

Calling all alumni, friends and applicants for next year’s Lift360 leadership programs! You are invited to two upcoming events to learn more about the ICL Leadership

Amiable, Analytic, Driver, or Expressive: What’s Your Style?

posted on December 16th, 2015

Rob finds dealing with his colleague Karen very stressful. When they work on joint projects, it seems like she is always charging ahead brusquely with

Lift360 Featured in Maine Women Magazine

posted on December 8th, 2015

The December 2015 issue of Maine Women features Lift360’s Emerging Leaders Program in an article written by Kayla J. Collins entitled “Learning How to Lead.”

Psi Class Al Curran Scholars

posted on November 25th, 2015

The Al Curran Leadership Intensive Scholarship has been awarded to two members of the current Psi class. This year’s recipients are Andrew Turcotte, Fire/Rescue Chief for

Omega Information Form

posted on November 24th, 2015

Omega Class 2016-2017 Information Be a part of a collaborative process. Build new and lasting relationships. Create real results. What is the ICL Leadership Intensive? Lift360’s ICL

Nominate the 2016 Distinguished Alumni!

posted on November 18th, 2015

Please submit your nominations for the next ICL Leadership Intensive Distinguished Alumni! Award Criteria: His/her work and community service personify ICL/Lift360 values. He/she has leveraged

Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 Leadership Programs!

posted on November 18th, 2015

We are now accepting nominations for our September 2016 Leadership Programs. To nominate candidates for the ICL Leadership Intensive Omega class or for the 7th Emerging Leaders

Welcome Erin Fitzpatrick

posted on November 4th, 2015

Erin Fitzpatrick has joined us at Lift360 as our Marketing & Development Intern. She has come at the perfect (and busiest) time to support our

Save the Date Alumni Open House

posted on October 27th, 2015

Save the Date – Alumni and Friends Open House! November 12th, 2015 – 5:30-7:30 pm Lift360, 132 Spring St., Portland Please join your Leadership Intensive,

10 Questions to Open an Honest Conversation

posted on October 23rd, 2015

Sitting down to talk with a colleague about declining performance, flagging commitment to an organization’s work, or the future during an organization’s time of change?

Intern – Marketing/Development!

posted on October 19th, 2015

We’re looking for a Marketing & Development Intern! 10-15/hours per week – can coordinate with college schedule and credit opportunities. This internship will provide the

Our newest addition to the Lift360 staff!

posted on September 22nd, 2015

We are very excited to welcome Gretchen Williams to the Lift360 team as the Program & Project Coordinator. Gretchen is originally from Lincoln, MA, and

Leadership in Action Breakfast: Meredith Jones & Steve Rowe – Maine Community Foundation

posted on July 28th, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for the first of our Leadership in Action Breakfast series: Tuesday September 29th 7-9am at the Portland Club, State Street, Portland,

Lift360 Al Curran Leadership Intensive Scholarships

posted on July 13th, 2015

Last program year, as Al Curran (Alpha Class) retired, Woodard & Curran created in his honor a very generous scholarship fund for Leadership Intensive applicants

First Year as Lift360 – Merger Success!

posted on July 13th, 2015

The benefits of merging two nonprofits – Common Good Ventures and the Institute of Civic Leadership – are clear. It’s been a year and we

Farewell and Welcome

posted on July 13th, 2015

Lift360 shares sincerest thanks to Elaine Tselikis and Shawn Hunt for their service and commitment to our organization over the past years – we wish

Jan Kearce named by Maine Magazine as one of “50 People – The Bold Visionaries Defining Our State”

posted on June 25th, 2015

Jan Kearce named by Maine Magazine as one of “50 People – The Bold Visionaries Defining Our State”

We’re Hiring!

posted on June 24th, 2015

We’re looking for a Project and Program Coordinator, that will work with the Executive Director and with Senior Consultants, Program Directors and the Board of

Lift Talks: Willard Morgan on Integrating a Nature-Based Curriculum in Maine Schools

posted on May 5th, 2015

Willard Morgan, President of Chewonki Foundation, discusses expeditionary learning — integrating nature with learning.

Lift Talks: Tom Acousti and Friends Perform “Sometimes I Follow”

posted on April 16th, 2015

A moving, interactive performance with powerful lyrics about leadership. Sing along to this memorable melody.

Lift360 Recognition Celebration Inspires

posted on March 6th, 2015

Our 2015 Recognition Celebration & Luncheon, was held in April inducting the Chi class of the Leadership Intensive; honoring their community work, and recognizing our Distinguished Alumnus, Pious Ali. Special

Lift360 Co-Presents Free Public Event on Reducing Hunger, a Leadership Intensive Project, on 3/19/15

posted on February 25th, 2015

Be part of this free public conversation to learn how Lift360’s Leadership Intensive focuses on projects to address community problems.  RSVP Sponsored by Hannaford, this Community

Lift Talks: Amber Lambke on Growing Organic Food, at Lift360 Conference

posted on February 19th, 2015

Amber Lambke, President of Maine Grains, discusses her discovery of processing grains and growing organic food, at Together: Leading Positive Change – Lift360′s October 2014 Conference.

Information Sessions: Leadership Intensive & Emerging Leaders

posted on February 18th, 2015

Lift360 is hosting free information sessions for this autumn’s Leadership Intensive class (Psi), and the 6th Emerging Leaders class. To learn more about these transformative programs, plan to

Spring into Learning with Lift360 Power Workshops!

posted on January 28th, 2015

How can you craft stories to connect people with your message? What are the best ways to lead from strengths? And what tools do you need to strengthen

Picture Portland on January 24!

posted on January 16th, 2015

Choose Civility presents Picturing Portland. The Portland Public Library and Lift360 invite you to a free, facilitated discussion on how we picture the most civil

Lift360 By the Numbers: Have You Heard?

posted on January 15th, 2015

As Lift360 highlights the growing success stories and testimonials of our impact on leaders, organizations and communities, here are some additional facts you may want to know. Please help

Woodard & Curran CEO Announces The Lift360 Al Curran Leadership Intensive Scholarship Fund

posted on January 10th, 2015

Doug McKeown, CEO of  Woodard & Curran, announced the establishment of the Lift360 Al Curran Leadership Intensive Scholarship Fund, which provides two partial scholarships to municipal leaders

When Many Leaders Lead At Once

posted on January 8th, 2015

Sometimes, extraordinary situations call for multiple leaders to lead at the same time. This can happen during times of crisis, or for challenging projects, for example.

Lift Talks: Anne Eleanor Roosevelt Inspires at Lift360 Conference

posted on December 30th, 2014

Anna (Anne) Eleanor Roosevelt, President and CEO of Goodwill of Northern New England, shares transformative moments in her life that led to her social activism

Your Annual Gift to Lift360 Strengthens Emerging Leaders in Your Community

posted on December 30th, 2014

Want good news about talented young people working in Maine and New Hampshire? Lift360 engages young leaders with their communities. The Lift360 Emerging Leaders board training program has graduated over 140 leaders who

Congratulations, Emerging Leaders Graduates 2014!

posted on December 9th, 2014

Join us in congratulating the 5th class of Emerging Leaders, who celebrated completion of their program at South Portland’s Saltwater Grille on December 2, 2014. These talented young

Winter Springboard Schedule 2015

posted on December 5th, 2014

Consider being a volunteer panelist on this popular and invaluable program to help a nonprofit brainstorm a pressing challenge. Upcoming 90-minute, Springboard sessions: January 9 (Portland) WinterKids; February 6 (Portland)

POSTPONED TILL JANUARY 2015: Last “Choose Civility” Program Sets Stage for Lift360 Action Forums

posted on December 5th, 2014

Don’t miss “Picturing Portland” — the last CHOOSE CIVILITY forum at the Portland Public Library! This free and important PPL conversation will reflect on participant learning and

Nonprofits Provide Essential Benefits to People and Economy

posted on November 18th, 2014

Lift360 strengthens multi-sector leaders, nonprofits and communities. Daily, tens of thousands of Mainers rely on a host of critical services and benefits that often ONLY

NEWS & VIEWS Autumn Issue

posted on November 6th, 2014

Check out our fall issue of Lift360’s NEWS & VIEWS!

Social Media: Updated Links to Follow Us

posted on November 6th, 2014

Follow Lift360 on Twitter at Lift360_NNE. Our Facebook page is now located at, but our name remains Institute for Civic Leadership until Facebook processes our name change request over

Allyson Ryder Joins Lift360 Team

posted on October 29th, 2014

Join us as we welcome Allyson Ryder as a new member of the Lift360 Consulting team! An innovative, emerging leader, Allyson has over ten years of professional experience working in the

Get Early Discount for 10/3/14 Conference!

posted on September 15th, 2014

Don’t miss Together: Leading Positive Change presented by Lift360 (ICL + CGV) October 3, 2014, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Portland, Maine’s Abromson Community Education


posted on September 15th, 2014

We are very excited to be making our “mark” with our new logo — and soon — our new look for our website! We welcome your feedback, and

Check Out Our New Name!

posted on July 18th, 2014

We are Lift360. Strengthening Leaders, Nonprofits and Communities.  The Institute for Civic Leadership and Common Good Ventures have merged as a stronger, new organization to

ICL+CGV Receive $20K Grant Toward Merger Costs

posted on July 3rd, 2014

The Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) and Common Good Ventures (CGV) received a $20,000 grant from the EBN Fund and a component fund of the Maine Community

SAVE THE DATE! 10/3/14 ICL+CGV Conference

posted on June 26th, 2014

ICL and Common Good Ventures present Together: Leading Positive Change on October 3, 2014 at the Abromson Community Education Center in Portland. This 9:00 am –

ICL Receives Foundation Grant Awards

posted on June 25th, 2014

ICL has received grant awards totaling $48,250 from The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, The Emanuel and Pauline A. Lerner Foundation and one Anonymous Foundation. The

Merging Roomies!

posted on June 17th, 2014

On Monday, June 16, 2014, ICL moved in to share the office space with Common Good Ventures on 132 Spring Street, Portland, as we merge into

Wanted: Finance and Operations Consultant for Newly Merged CGV+ICL

posted on May 27th, 2014

Job Opportunity: Finance and Operations Consultant. Report to the President of the newly merged CGV+ICL (effective July 1.) Deliver business and operations consulting services to

Merger Plans: ICL & Common Good Ventures Announce Intent to Merge

posted on May 20th, 2014

 ~ PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2014 ~ CONTACT: Jan Kearce, Executive Director, Institute for Civic Leadership 207-773-3254 Common Good Ventures & Institute for Civic Leadership

Craig Lapine: 2014 Distinguished ICL Alumnus

posted on April 29th, 2014

Craig Lapine (Pi Class) was honored as Distinguished Alumnus at the April 4, 2014 graduation celebration of the Leadership Intensive Phi Class.  He is founder and executive

Leadership in Action Breakfasts Conclude Highly Successful Season

posted on April 29th, 2014

“Very thought provoking and community building. Thanks for creating the series.” ~ Leadership in Action Breakfast attendee. ICL’s theme of Creating Whole Communities brought internationally

Leadership Intensive Graduates PHI Class, Honors Craig Lapine as Distinguished Alumnus

posted on April 29th, 2014

ICL graduated 33 participants from the 21st Leadership Intensive April 4, 2014 at the Freeport Hilton Garden Inn. Members of the Phi Class join nearly 700

Emerging Leaders IV Grads: Update

posted on April 29th, 2014

The 4th class of ICL Emerging Leaders held their graduation celebration at South Portland’s Saltwater Grille on December 10, 2013. Congratulations to these talented and committed


posted on April 17th, 2014

ICL’s Fall Conference will take place October 3, 2014 at the Abromson Community Education Center in Portland. This 9:00 am – 6:00 pm symposium will

ICL to Lead Summit Panel Conversation 4/11

posted on April 3rd, 2014

ICL will moderate a panel conversation at the Maine Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, presented by The World Affairs Council of Maine on Friday, April 11,

ICL Friends and Family Score a Strike!

posted on April 2nd, 2014

ICL’s first Friends and Family Night at Portland’s Bayside Bowl drew in a good crowd on March 31st. Check out these photos to see how people enjoyed good

T.A. P. into The Bicycle Coalition of Maine Bike Swap – Portland 4/26

posted on April 2nd, 2014

Join our friends at Take Action Portland (TAP) to help out the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) for the Great Maine Bike Swap! BCM needs MANY volunteers to help

ICL Friends & Family Night, Bayside Bowl 3/31!

posted on March 13th, 2014

ICL is turning 21! Come celebrate our birthday with your family & friends for a casual night of tasty food and fun. It happens March 31

EL Alumna Rachelle Curran Apse on MaineBiz Cover

posted on March 10th, 2014

Emerging Leaders alumna and current Leadership Intensive participant Rachelle Curran Apse is on the cover of the March 10, 2014 MaineBiz. The featured story is about

NEW! BOARD CONNECT Starts 10/11/14

posted on February 19th, 2014

NEW ICL Board Training Program for People 40+. Apply your passion for a cause! BOARD CONNECT is a fun program that pairs the need for board training with

DOUBLE Your Gift to ICL through 3/21/14

posted on February 19th, 2014

A generous donor who believes in ICL’s tangible community impact will MATCH all NEW donations up to $10,000 received by March 21, 2014! AND if your company

Tough Talks Teach: From Difficult Conversations to Positive Results

posted on January 30th, 2014

May 22, 2014: An effective leader knows how to creatively manage difficult situations, tensions and tough conversations positively.  Learn how to set the stage for effective conversations that strengthen partnerships

Leading Change with Courage and Intention

posted on January 27th, 2014

April 24, 2014: Popular interactive workshop with Laura Moorehead and Amey Leadley. Register for $165.  Learn to effectively engage others in the change process and weather pressures with resiliency. Explore how

“Leadership Characteristics in the Innovation Economy”

posted on January 24th, 2014

Register to meet Dr. Edison Liu of the Jackson Laboratory, who will address qualities of leadership needed in a creative economy. This will be the

Are you ready to BOARD CONNECT?

posted on January 3rd, 2014

Are you 40+ and have often thought about serving on a favorite nonprofit board? This Spring, ICL offers a NEW, fun training program just for you! Watch FMI about

Make Your Year-End Gift to ICL

posted on December 17th, 2013

ICL-trained leaders like Patrick Mbenza, Liz Trice, Heather Sullivan and nearly 700 more make a huge impact in over 350 organizations in Maine — and beyond. Your

Strengthen Your Community. Support ICL!

posted on December 6th, 2013

“ICL Emerging Leaders has been one of the most impactful things I have done.” Heather Sullivan is making a positive impact serving on the Board at

Environmental Leadership: From Kitchen Tables to the State House and Beyond

posted on December 5th, 2013

Register to meet Lisa Pohlmann of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, who will speak at the January 22 ICL Leadership in Action Breakfast (Holiday Inn By the Bay.)  She will


posted on November 26th, 2013

In this 1-minute video, alumni of ICL Leadership Intensive and Emerging Leaders programs share their experience of ICL in JUST ONE WORD!    


posted on November 7th, 2013

Learn about ICL’s Emerging Leaders program and how these diverse young people are strengthening Maine’s large nonprofit sector. Participants and facilitators of our 4th class share their


posted on October 23rd, 2013

Play a major role in guiding young leaders and strengthening your communities. ICL’s 4th annual Emerging Leaders class recently started on Cow Island with Rippleffect. We have a  new

CHOOSE CIVILITY in FREE community forums!

posted on September 25th, 2013

Portland Public Library in partnership with ICL present: “CHOOSE CIVILITY” a series of FREE community forums. Most Americans consider incivility to be a problem. In this community

Peter Forbes Opens ICL Leadership Breakfast Series on “Creating Whole Communities”

posted on August 22nd, 2013

On November 5th, Peter Forbes — noted writer, leadership teacher and founder of the Center for Whole Communities — will open ICL’s Leadership in Action Breakfast Series. 

Behind The Scenes with Laura Moorehead

posted on August 19th, 2013

It takes many people to make an organization like ICL function properly. We have our devoted Board of Directors, our loyal sponsors and donors, our

Laura Moorehead Article Wins Honorable Mention

posted on August 15th, 2013

In the summer 2013 issue of Maine Ties, the Maine Community Foundation invited readers to share their stories about a special spot in Maine. ICL’s


posted on August 6th, 2013

Portland ME-The Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) Board of Directors announced its new slate of officers at its Annual Meeting, and is pleased to welcome

Host an ICL Team Project!

posted on July 31st, 2013

Hosting an ICL Team Project is a unique opportunity to help meet a strategic goal in your organization or community AND benefit ICL Leadership Intensive

Foundations Award ICL Funding

posted on July 23rd, 2013

The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation  and the Sam L. Cohen Foundation have awarded ICL funding that will support our continued delivery of leadership development opportunities to people across all sectors. We thank

ICL Graduates 20th Leadership Intensive Class

posted on July 22nd, 2013

Twenty-eight participants of The Institute for Civic Leadership’s 20th Leadership Intensive class (Upsilon) celebrated their induction at the Freeport Hilton Garden Inn on April 5,

New Board Opportunities

posted on July 22nd, 2013

From time to time, ICL will offer opportunities for Board Service and Job Listings as we may receive them. Cumberland County seeks members for its Board of Assessment

ICL to Offer New BOARD CONNECTIONS Training Program in Spring 2014

posted on July 22nd, 2013

Are you 40+ looking to make a positive impact in your community by serving on a nonprofit board or committee? Watch for details coming soon

SAVE THE DATE: NEW Venue, New Breakfast Series

posted on July 15th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that our 2013-2014  Leadership in Action Breakfast Series will be held at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. This

ICL Welcomes Communications Intern

posted on June 25th, 2013

Please join us in welcoming Casey Galipeau to the ICL team this summer! She is a Business Communications major and a rising senior at Saint Joseph’s

Leadership Intensive Application Extended

posted on May 22nd, 2013

There’s still time to apply for September’s Leadership Intensive Class!  FMI contact Jan Kearce, ICL Executive Director, 207-773-3254,, or click this link. If you’ve been thinking

Coming Soon — Maine Leadership Stories!

posted on May 21st, 2013

ICL will soon feature “Maine Leadership Stories.”  Learn how ICL alumni apply their leadership to strengthen our communities.

Leaders Gathered for ICL 20th Anniversary

posted on May 14th, 2013

A capacity audience of over 250 Maine leaders celebrated 20 years of ICL in our communities at Portland’s Ocean Gateway on May 2nd, 2013. The

Leading Change with Courage and Intention: an ICL Workshop

posted on April 2nd, 2013

Register for “Leading Change with Courage and Intention” a June 12th ICL workshop to be held at United Way Greater Portland, 9 – 4:30. Laura Moorehead and Amey

ICL 20th Anniversary Celebration May 2nd!

posted on March 28th, 2013

Click to Visit our Events Page for Program Details on this Special Evening!  THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS: Leader Sponsors: Woodard & Curran; WEX

Jeffrey Jordan is 2013 Distinguished Alumnus

posted on March 28th, 2013

Jeffrey K. Jordan has received the ICL Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013.  Jeff will speak at the induction of this year’s ICL Upsilon Leadership Intensive Class on

ICL Emerging Leaders Graduates 3rd Class

posted on February 7th, 2013

ICL graduated our 3rd successful class of Emerging Leaders at the Saltwater Grille in South Portland on December 18, 2012. Congratulations to these talented and passionate alumni!

Save the Date! May 2, 2013

posted on January 4th, 2013

20 Years of ICL = MAJOR celebration at Ocean Gateway, Portland Maine. Be part of this exciting milestone that honors ICL’s positive impact in our communities —

Leadership in Action Breakfast Feb 26, 2013

posted on January 4th, 2013

What does it take to move beyond partisan bickering and stalemates to solve complex problems? Eliot Cutler, business and governmental leader and founder of OneMaine, will

What If It Were You? (video)

posted on December 13th, 2012

This compelling video was presented at ICL’s Dec 12, 2012 Leadership in Action Breakfast, by United Way of Greater Portland.

Leadership in Action Breakfast Dec 12, 2012

posted on November 8th, 2012

Mark Swann, Executive Director of Preble Street, and Suzanne McCormick, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Portland, will share the Task Force Report

Daryl Fort and Heather Sullivan join ICL Board of Directors

posted on October 5th, 2012

ICL alumni Heather Sullivan of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and Daryl Fort, community development consultant, have been appointed to serve on the

Leadership in Action Breakfast Oct 17, 2012

posted on August 10th, 2012

Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte and Rachel Talbot Ross, Portland’s Multicultural Affairs Director, shared successes that are helping to improve communities and address complex issues in our prison

ICL Visionary Partner for TEDxDirigo Engage

posted on April 13th, 2012

ICL was a Visionary Partner for TEDxDirigo Engage on May 19, 2012. This world-class event drew 300 people to USM’s Hannaford Hall to hear sixteen inspirational speakers share

Workshop: “The Power of Trust”

posted on January 24th, 2012

ICL hosted “The Power of Trust: A Leader’s Path to Influence and Credibility” March 20, 2012 at Casey Family Services in Portland.  Led by experienced

Leadership in Action Breakfast Focused on Collaboration

posted on January 12th, 2012

What Do Leaders Do When They Can’t Solve a Problem Alone? Collaborate! On March 28, 2012, ICL hosted a well-attended, panel discussion in Portland on how collaborative leadership can

Apply for ICL Leadership Intensive and Young Emerging Leaders

posted on January 12th, 2012

Are you interested in the ICL Leadership Intensive?  For more information about our Leadership Intensive, please click HERE. To talk with our staff about this opportunity,

Angus King Opened Fall Leadership in Action Breakfast Series

posted on November 7th, 2011

Former Maine Governor Angus King drew a full house to ICL’s Leadership in Action Breakfast on October 27, 2011 at Portland’s Clarion Hotel.  Recalling the Cuban Missle

ICL Begins 19th Annual Leadership Intensive

posted on September 15th, 2011

The Institute for Civic Leadership has launched its 19thLeadership Intensive. The signature program of the Portland-based nonprofit, the annual course teaches proven collaborative, facilitative and

Leadership in Action Breakfast with Governor Angus King

posted on September 9th, 2011

Join the Institute for Civic Leadership at our first Leadership in Action Breakfast for the 2011-2012 season!  Former Maine governor Angus King will speak on

ICL Program Engages Young Emerging Leaders in Nonprofit Governance

posted on July 11th, 2011

  Applications are now being accepted for the second year of an innovative program that will prepare and launch 25 of Maine’s young emerging leaders

ICL Recognizes Distinguished Alumna Dr. Lisa Letourneau

posted on July 11th, 2011

On June 15th, The Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) honored Distinguished Alumna Dr. Lisa Letourneau at its Annual Recognition Celebration, held at Unum. A highly

RSVP for ICL’s Annual Recognition Celebration

posted on May 19th, 2011

Join ICL alumni and friends on June 15 as we celebrate this year’s Sigma Class and honor our Distinguished Alumnus.

From the Director: Jan Kearce

posted on February 8th, 2011

Being the Executive Director of ICL isn’t just a job, it’s a commitment to the potential of leaders to make a powerful difference in our organizations and our communities.

Recruitment Underway for ICL Tau Class

posted on January 28th, 2011

Recruitment has begun for ICL’s 19th Leadership Intensive class, the Tau Class, which will begin in September.

Emerging leaders join 16 Maine nonprofits

posted on December 15th, 2010

Emerging southern Maine leaders in an innovative pilot program developed to get more young people involved in nonprofit governance have completed their training and will join the governance team of one of 16 local nonprofit organizations in the coming weeks.

Emerging leaders pilot featured on WMTW 8

posted on December 14th, 2010

ICL’s Young Emerging Leaders Pilot Program (seed funded by Norton Insurance and Financial) was recently featured on WMTW 8

New ICL ED: ‘This is the time that leadership is needed’

posted on October 25th, 2010

“ICL is an organization I’d always respected and I knew this would be a great organization to lead, especially now,” says ICL’s new Executive Director, Jan Kearce.

Generational poverty focus of 10/25 lunchtime forum

posted on October 18th, 2010

What role does our educational system have in ending generational poverty? That question will be the central one at an upcoming Community Conversation.

4th statewide Health Leadership intensive begins

posted on October 12th, 2010

The fourth class of the Health Leadership Development program has begun with 32 health care leaders working across the state from Caribou to Saco…

Jan Kearce named ICL Executive Director

posted on September 29th, 2010

Jan Kearce has been chosen as ICL’s next Executive Director and will start in mid-October…

18th annual Leadership Intensive class named

posted on September 21st, 2010

The 32 class members come from the private, nonprofit and public sectors and were selected based on their potential to leverage their training to improve Maine and its communities

Young Emerging Leaders pilot class list announced

posted on September 15th, 2010

An innovative pilot program developed as a local solution to a national shortage of young professionals on nonprofit boards launched Friday

Lauren Grousd and Andrew Jones named as co-facilitators for ICL Young Emerging Leaders pilot

posted on September 7th, 2010

Lauren Grousd and Andrew Jones are named as co-facilitators for its Young Emerging Leaders Pilot

Institute for Civic Leadership names four to board of directors

posted on August 31st, 2010

Joining the ICL board are Stephen Eddy, Vice President and Fiduciary Consultant at Investment Management and Consulting Group; Barbara Nash, Vice President of Corporate Research at Unum; Linda Mae Ruterbories, Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Center at Orthopaedic Associates; and Michael Stillings, Principal at Baker Newman Noyes.

August 20 deadline for health/human services viability program applications

posted on August 12th, 2010

The fourth Nonprofit Sector Viability Program of 2010 will provide senior leaders of 10 nonprofit organizations that contract or have provider agreements with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services with a structured and supportive environment

ICL seeks mentors for emerging leaders

posted on July 7th, 2010

ICL seeks those who currently serve or who have served in the past on a nonprofit board or committee to serve as mentors to participants in its Young Emerging Leaders Pilot Program

Press Herald features ICL pilot program

posted on July 6th, 2010

ICL’s Young Emerging Leaders Pilot Program was featured in the Saturday, June 26 Portland Press Herald.

Suzanne Austin named Interim Executive Director

posted on June 25th, 2010

The Institute for Civic Leadership has named Suzanne Austin as its Interim Executive Director.

ICL Leadership Intensive Rho Class graduates

posted on June 24th, 2010

ICL marked the graduation of 33 members of its nine-month ICL Leadership Intensive with a recognition celebration in Portland Wednesday.

ICL Executive Director search opened

posted on June 18th, 2010

The Board of Directors of the Institute for Civic Leadership is actively seeking a new Executive Director to lead the organization

Moving ICL forward: A letter from ICL’s Executive Director

posted on June 17th, 2010

There are some other noteworthy changes underway here at ICL. Moving forward we will be focusing more intently on our core mission: training, developing and supporting Maine leaders, firmly believing that doing so improves not only leaders but our organizations and communities as well.

Engaging emerging leaders in nonprofit governance focus of Portland based pilot program

posted on June 15th, 2010

Applications are now being accepted for an innovative pilot program that will prepare and launch 25 of Maine’s young emerging leaders to governance roles on nonprofit boards and committees.

ICL to Launch New Website/Alumni Portal

posted on June 14th, 2010

Created by the Westbrook-based VONT Web Marketing -the web-marketing subsidiary of ICL’s longtime marketing partner Ethos Marketing and Design-the colorful new (see home page screenshot above) better reflects ICL’s voice and its work in moving Maine forward, seen through case studies and testimonials showcased around the site.

Scott Simons Architects: Building Community

posted on June 1st, 2010

Scott Simons can walk through a building before the foundation is poured. As founder of Portland-based Scott Simons Architects, the critical challenge of his work is

Coastal Studies for Girls: A Coastal Connection

posted on June 1st, 2010

NEED ICL alumna Pam Erickson wanted to fulfill a unique niche for 14 and 15 year-old girls who have a passion for science. She wanted to give these young

Laughter and Learning at 2010 TeamUP!

posted on May 18th, 2010

PORTLAND – Levity was the linchpin of ICL’s “Bottom Lines and Belly Laughs” Making Positivity and Play Productive,” the organization’s 6th Annual TeamUP! for Leadership

ICL's Board Matching Program featured in Maine PR Journal

posted on May 9th, 2010

ICL’s Board Matching Program was featured on the cover of the spring issue of the Maine Public Relations Journal

Play your way to produductivity at ICL's TeamUP!

posted on May 2nd, 2010

In response to the morale challenges at Maine’s workplaces as a result of the economic downturn, ICL has chosen “Bottom Lines and Belly Laughs” Making Positivity and Play Productive”

Members wanted for expanded ICL Alumni Council

posted on May 1st, 2010

After months of strategic planning, much progress has been made in moving the Alumni Council forward.

ICL reduces e-communications

posted on April 18th, 2010

ICL has shown its commitment to cutting down on the number of electronic messages the organization sends to its stakeholders with a new communication schedule and structure launched earlier this month.

Nominations sought for 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award

posted on April 2nd, 2010

What do an architect, a corporate CEO and a superintendent of schools have in common?

Dr. Wendy Wolf talk on health care leadership prescribed for April ICL breakfast

posted on March 31st, 2010

In a challenging conversation on health care reform and leadership prescribed for April breakfast, Dr. Wendy Wolf, president and CEO of the Maine Health Access Foundation, will use her personal story and policy experience to give insight into recent reform and its impact.

Ted Turner biographer Bill Burke to speak in Portland

posted on December 2nd, 2009

The Mainer who helped Ted Turner pen his New York Times bestselling autobiography will speak about the leadership lessons he learned from the media mogul next Wednesday in Portland.

ICL publishes November newsletter

posted on November 18th, 2009

ICL is inviting those interested in learning the latest leadership news in Maine to take a peek through the latest issue of The Leader’s Window

Engaging young leaders in civic work to be focus of Portland gathering

posted on October 22nd, 2009

More than 250 leaders will gather in Portland to consider how to better engage Mainers under the age of 35 in civic work.

Portland’s new police chief to open ICL Leadership in Action Breakfast Series

posted on October 13th, 2009

Leading with love will be the theme of the leadership lessons the city’s new police chief, James Craig, will share at a public breakfast next Tuesday.

ICL publishes inaugural newsletter

posted on September 15th, 2009

ICL is inviting those interested in learning the latest leadership news in Maine to take a peek through The Leader’s Window, the organization’s new e-newsletter.

ICL names four to board

posted on August 1st, 2009

ICL has appointed four new members to its board of directors including Ed Anderson, Tom Francoeur, Maureen Kenney and Shireen Shahawy

34 Maine leaders graduate from ICL Leadership Intensive

posted on June 17th, 2009

The Institute for Civic Leadership marked the graduation of 34 members of its 15-day ICL Leadership Intensive with a recognition celebration in Portland on Wednesday, June 17.

ICL awards Armstrong, Jackson 2009 ICL Distinguished Alumnae Award

posted on June 17th, 2009

The Institute for Civic Leadership has awarded its 2009 Distinguished Alumnae Award to a pair of Portland area leaders well-known throughout the state for their combined 50 plus years of service to Maine’s nonprofit organizations and communities.