What makes a leader? Bridges Together Founder and Executive Director Andrea J. Fonte Weaver, already accustomed to leading a rapidly growing nonprofit, is finding out! Andrea recently participated in two leadership-development opportunities that have allowed her to hone, fine-tune and expand her skills.
The first, Leading with Ease: Secrets of a Sustainable Leadership, is an offering of the Foundation for MetroWest. Designed for Nonprofit Executive Directors, Leading with Ease equips these nonprofit leaders with tools and strategies for successful leadership by applying the principles of strategic planning and leadership development. According to Andrea, “I applied at the suggestion of Foundation for MetroWest’s Jennifer Ubaldino. It helped me be more mindful; it refined the way I lead Bridges Together. I also incorporated what I learned into my trainings for our Community-Wide Intergenerational Leadership Teams as well as Bridges: Lifelong Journeys, our program for high schoolers and college-aged youth.” During the duration of this program, participants were paired with a “study buddy” – Andrea met regularly with Kris Waldman, Co-Director of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. In addition to learning effective and efficient leadership tips, participants were able to network and brainstorm with other local nonprofit leaders.
Leading with Ease is implemented in conjunction with Executive Coach Fredia Woolf of Woolf Consulting and utilizes her “Look Five Ways” program.
Andrea’s second leadership-development experience is with the Leadership Academy organized by Helen Lemoine of Leadership MetroWest. This group, comprised of approximately 30 leaders from the for-profit and non-profit worlds, as well as municipalities and the educational field, convenes monthly to explore issues, institutions and resources in MetroWest Boston and to engage in discussions with policy makers, business leaders, educators and experts in their field. Andrea was nominated to apply for this opportunity and is grateful that she is included in this diverse group of leaders.
Leadership Academy alumni include some great BT connections: Jen Maseda, President & Founder, MetroWest Conference For Women (Andrea will be filming a segment for her television show Woman2Woman Today on Sunday, January 22); Maud Dentico of Middlesex Savings Bank (Maud serves on BT’s Advisory Council); Susan Nicholl, Executive Director of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau, who helped BT with board development; and current class member Betsy Emberly from Decisions at Every Turn and Friends of the Ashland Public Library. (Ashland is a recipient of Bridges Together’s Community-Wide Intergenerational Leadership Team grant. Read more about this exciting undertaking here.)
Thank you to Foundation for MetroWest and Leadership MetroWest for these exciting opportunities!