Stronger Together: Focusing on Nurturing Collaborative Leadership

Stronger Together: Focusing on Nurturing Collaborative Leadership

Building on the success of last year’s first-ever Stronger Together Symposium, DYCD, Support Center and Community Resource Exchange hosted its second annual symposium to help nonprofit leaders build collaboration skills, meet new partners, and learn from experts. This year’s theme was focused on empowering nonprofit leaders to facilitate social and economic change through collaborative partnership. 

Our Keynote Speaker, Arthur T. Himmelman, focused his address on community organizing and collaborative leadership for working together in service and for justice.

Panelist included: Keith Timko, Executive Director, Support Center; Jess Cavagnero, Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners; and Partners from the CRE Collaboration Lab: Robert Taylor, Executive Director of Youth Action/Youth Build and Craig Willingham, Deputy Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Participants had an opportunity to choose from the options below for the morning workshop:

  • Growing a Partnership: Learn about the developmental stages of strategic partnerships such as: creating the foundation, building it out, agreeing on how to work, fortifying and sustaining of existing partnerships.
  • Is This Worth All the Effort: Discover assessment tools to help you start a collaborative effort and other resources to assess if partnerships are working well.
  • Community Engagement in the Decision-Making Process: Hear from the keynote speaker on ways to ensure respectful and meaningful exchange of ideas for change and mutually beneficial power-sharing.
  • Strategic Partnerships Panel Discussion: Join representatives from multiple city agencies for a panel discussion about capacity building initiatives created to increase strategic partnerships.
  • Open Space: Think, connect with willing partners and gain access to experts in the room to guide or answer questions.

Over lunch, participants worked in small groups that consisted of at least three organizations and they worked together to solve a community challenge presented. Here are some pictures from the Collaboration Challenge:

The day ended with participants in groups based on boroughs and neighborhoods, allowing them to learn more about the organizations and decision makers present. They were also given an opportunity to assess challenges and explore ways to start, sustain or manage strategic partnerships. Office hours were set up at the Support Center HQ to continue working on fostering future collaborations.

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