The Support Center recently held its first of two Interim Executive Director Trainings for 2017 at the LGBT Community Center in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Twenty-one participants gathered on the last Thursday and Friday of February for two long and intense – but rewarding – days of learning with a cohort of like-minded leaders looking to pursue interim executive opportunities. They hailed from the NY/NJ/CT metropolitan area, the Hudson Valley, greater Philadelphia, and even Detroit, MI. The training was led by Keith Timko, Executive Director, and Lynne Molnar, an Affiliate Consultant. The purpose of the training is to help nonprofit leaders transform their wisdom and knowledge into a highly adaptive, interim-oriented mind- and skillset. Those who complete the training and are actively pursuing interim opportunities join the Support Center pool of Trained Interim EDs, which now totals more than 300 program alumni.
During the training, participants learned a great deal from several featured presenters who are all experienced interim leaders themselves. Helene Blieberg spoke about the essential aspects of leading and managing an organization and its people during times of transition. Regina Podhorin’s presentation focused on the importance of a conducting a rigorous financial assessment during an interim placement. As one participant remarked later, “The wealth of information and experience of the participants and the presenters provided a rich environment.” The participants also heard from Xander Subashi, Associate Director of Programs, and Keith Timko about Support Center’s process of landing interim opportunities and working with the pool of candidates. They learned about the stages of the process with current examples of placed interims, searches in-contract, and opportunities nearing contract execution that will soon be available to them.
The two-day training wrapped up with a panel discussion on interim work overall: the challenges, the rewards, and all the experiences in between. Our panelists were Ngozi Okaro, Gilles Mesrobian, and Richard Burns, and in total they have served in more than 10 interim engagements. The panelists shared candidly and expansively as participants asked about their best and worst experiences, how they have handled challenging legal situations, their methods of adapting quickly to new, unique office cultures. One participant said as feedback on this section: “The panel was outstanding!” Another participant later wrote about the overall training, “I found the Interim ED training to be very meaningful…all the components in the Interim ED training left me with solid insights and lessons learned.”
We at the Support Center are delighted to have welcomed such a great and talented cohort to our pool of Trained Interim EDs, and we are excited to involve them in our interim placement service and support them as interim leaders and contributors to the nonprofit sector. For more information about our interim executive director program and future trainings, click here.