First Waterbury Cohort of Leadership Development Roundtable Graduate

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WATERBURY, CT -- Congratulations to the members of the Greater Waterbury community who recently completed the Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) program!

Piloted in Fairfield County in 2008, LDR offers an opportunity for nonprofit professionals to become leaders who are creative, bold and prepared to lead change. According to Thomas Tierney’s report on The Leadership Deficit by 2016 the nonprofit sector will need 80,000 more senior leaders each year to replace current leadership. This means nonprofit organizations should begin to create succession plans and build the capacity of middle management staff to one day step into leadership positions. Recognizing this need, LDR’s mission is to build a powerful and transformative movement of rising nonprofit leaders who possess the competencies necessary to effect social change in Connecticut.

During Connecticut Community Foundation's first grant round in 2013, we awarded funds to the Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) as part of an ongoing effort to provide capacity building opportunities to nonprofit organizations in our service area. This proven leadership initiative is also offered to nonprofit employees in Fairfield County and the Capitol Region and includes a network of over 100 alumni. The first cohort from greater Waterbury was then formed with eight participants of varying levels of experience at their nonprofit organizations ranging from project managers to newly appointed Executive Directors.

One participant, Christine Bianchi, Director of Community Programs, Grants and Development at Staywell Health Center, shared her experience with the program: “I decided to participate in LDR on the recommendation of a colleague and I have been pleasantly surprised by the influence the program has had on me. I enjoyed the collaborative atmosphere and the unsolicited positive feedback has encouraged me remain committed to my work. LDR has helped me hone the practice of prioritization - I no longer see all tasks as being created equal and can utilize my time in a way that has the greatest impact.”

The Connecticut Community Foundation is excited to announce a second cohort of LDR will start in the Fall of 2014. The Foundation encourages nonprofit staff memebers who would like to network with other colleagues in the field and participate in Executive Shadowing/coaching to apply. To learn more about the program, contact Ellen Carter, Program Officer at 203-753-1315,

More About the Program

The Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) is an intensive program designed to build the capacity of emerging nonprofit leaders to effect social change in Connecticut. Applicants participate in a learning cohort of leaders meeting 11 times over 6 months. LDR is an action-based experience where participants “learn through doing."

Participants receive 5 hours of coaching; participate in an on-the-job shadow experience; complete a leadership development project in their home organization; and work closely with the cohort group to challenge assumptions about leadership, incorporate leadership skills into daily practice and support each other in leading effectively.  Following graduation from the program, LDR Alumni join ranks with more than 100 leaders working in the nonprofit sector.

Alumni participate in ongoing leadership development, mentoring and social activities.

Cohorts meet in the Hartford, Fairfield and Waterbury Regions. Applicants select one location for participation throughout the Program.