We are delighted to announce welfare advocate Karen Bevan has received our inaugural Not for Profit Executive Mentoring Scholarship. Karen is Director of Social Justice at UnitingCare Children, Young People and Family Services sitting on the executive team leading policy, advocacy, research and public affairs.
We are often approached by talented leaders in the NFP sector looking for mentoring so we were pleased but not surprised by the interest and calibre of executives who applied. Applicants came from all areas – health, education, employment, environment and welfare – reinforcing the level of demand for formal development programs amongst senior leadership. The applications also highlighted the depth of challenges executives are facing.
Across sectors the same issues were identified – managing demanding workloads, building sustainable funding, improving leadership skills, communicating effectively with boards and having someone to discuss the significant issues and stresses in leading a successful not for profit organisation.
It’s therefore important to support leaders in the NFP sector who have limited funding for formal professional development yet have the capacity to make a significant impact in the community.
I’m delighted to be offering this scholarship to Karen who I believe will find mentoring extremely valuable in strengthening her leadership skills and improving the lives of children and families.
See story by Rose Powell on Women’s Agenda 4 April 2013
Since receiving the scholarship, Karen has lead the submissions team on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, has become the CEO of Playgroups NSW and is the Vice President and a Non Executive Director of the NSW Council of Social Service.