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  • Center for Leadership Development Edison State Works

    The mission of the Edison State Community College Center for Leadership Development is to foster the advancement of leadership for individuals to make a difference in their community. Outstanding communities are characterized by a quality of life supported by individuals committed to service and stewardship in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The vision of the Center for Leadership Development is to provide Edison State Community College students, staff and community individuals with leadership development opportunities through training, courses, conferences and experiential learning opportunities to develop skills that can be utilized within diverse educational, social and business settings. The Center for Leadership Development uses a collaboration approach to build lasting partnerships with leaders and organizations. The ultimate goal of the Center is to be the transforming resource for leadership development to power individuals, teams and organizations for sustained success.

  • Academy for Community Leadership

    The Academy for Community Leadership is a series of workshops designed to develop more effective directors, leaders, board members, staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations. Based on the book, "The Board Member's Guide", course topics include the fundamental practices of board recruitment, planning, staffing, budgeting, evaluation, board meetings and community awareness. The classes are designed to help individuals make a difference on their boards and in their community.

    The mission of the Academy for Community Leadership is to strengthen nonprofit organizations by providing quality educational and training opportunities. The vision of the Academy for Community Leadership is to be the growing edge in training and nurturing nonprofit leaders in west central Ohio.

    2019 Academy for Community Leadership

    The 2019 Academy for Community Leadership will meet monthly for five sessions beginning in January 2019 and ending in May at the Mosaic Conference. The Academy for Community Leadership Application form and scholarship information and criteria will be posted here as soon as they become available.

    Mark Your Calendar 

    Mark Your Calendar
    January 16, 2019                      
    February 20, 2019                      
    March 20, 2019                      
    April 10, 2019                      
    May 22, 2019 | The Mosaic of Community Leadership Conference

    Academy for Community Leadership Mentor Program

    An opportunity to work and learn together!  Mentoring can be a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee. Mentorships provide the opportunity for feedback, reflection, evaluation and celebration of success. A mentor should ask his or her mentee about what the mentee’s individual and organizational goals are and what they are looking for from the mentoring relationship. Mentees should be clear about what they hope to receive from the mentoring relationship, particularly with respect to individual and organizational goals. These discussions early in the relationship will form the foundation of the work and learning together. Mentoring will start officially at the Mosaic of Community Leadership Conference upon graduation of The Academy for Community Leadership and conclude at the conference the following year. Both the mentor and mentee will be asked to evaluate their experience with the mentoring program. Often mentoring relationships informally continue for many years!

    A–Z Effective Board Award Program

    Purpose  To provide a tool for self-evaluation of your nonprofit board and to provide a planning tool that can be used throughout the year for ensuring that the work of the board and organization gets completed. This instrument defines specific steps and actions that can be taken by the board to meet organizational goals. All stakeholders will play a major role in achieving this award.

    Recognition   Recognizing that outstanding communities are characterized by quality life supported by individuals committed to service and stewardship in the nonprofit sector; The Edison State Community College Center for Leadership Development created this award to recognize nonprofit boards who are doing outstanding work in the region. This checklist document is to be submitted to the Edison State Community College Center for Leadership Development by April 10th.

    Presentation   The award to nonprofit boards qualifying for the award will be presented at The Mosaic of Community Leadership Conference held annually at Edison State Community College in May.

    We extend our congratulations to the Academy for Community Leadership Graduating Class of 2017!

    2017 Academy for Community Leadership Class

    Back Row [L–R] Rick Hanes, Muffet Andrews, Wade Westfall, Cathy Oda, Diana Featherstone, Tom Hill, Lorna Swicher  Middle Row [L–R] Michael Bessler, Christy Baker, Amanda Partington, Amy Breinich, Shelly Calvert, Kelly Snyder  Front Row [L–R]  Michael Jannides, Demetria Woods, Aubrey Hawk, Linda Lukey, Erin Johnston, Chris Wesner  Not Pictured Georgeann Godsey, Demarcus Moody

    Download the latest Academy for Community Leadership Directory.

    Additional Resources 
    Association of Fundraising Professionals
    Grant Information at Edison State
    The Foundation Center
    Dayton Metro Library Events for Nonprofits

    The Mosaic of Community Leadership Conference at Edison State
    A One-Day Conference

    Presented by The Edison State Center for Leadership Development
    Sponsored by The Paul G. Duke Foundation and The Edison Foundation

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | $49/person (includes lunch)

    Register Now

    Click here for conference schedule.

    Summer Courses for Nonprofits

    The Center for Leadership Development offers a series of courses that focus on strengthening nonprofit organizations, their leadership and their boards. For more information or to register, contact Kelly Pryfogle at 937.778.7811 or

    There is a $25/person fee for each workshop OR
    pay $70/person and attend all three!

    Area Chamber members receive a discount—
    $60/person for the three-part series.

    Communicating As A Leader

    What is your communication style? Are there styles that would be more effective? We will explore four communcation styles and how to adapt styles to given situations. Learn how to identify your style and the style of others; how to structure your message; how to utilize active listening; and lead through questioning.

    Thursday | June 7, 2018
    11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Piqua Campus
    Lunch included

    Fee $25

    Marketing Protocols for Nonprofits

    Does your nonprofit have procedures in place that help you communicate your message to the right audience? Learn about communication protocols; identifying a target audience; focused messaging; targeted communications; developing a communication timeline; and measuring communication effectiveness.

    Wednesday | July 11, 2018
    11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Piqua Campus
    Lunch included

    Fee $25

    Effective Leadership

    Are you supporting and building a great team? Are you providing the direction, guidance and motivation needed to advance your organization? We will help you develop awareness of your leadership style; skills to motivate through relationship building, feedback and mentoring; and strategies for leading individuals and teams.

    Wednesday | August 15, 2018
    11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Piqua Campus
    Lunch included

    Fee $25