Emerging Leaders Institute

Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is an opportunity for Network members who are new to leadership and management or have a desire to move into a leadership role to learn more about their own personal work style, strengths and weaknesses, and how to best apply their skills in their career. ELI participants will network and learn from each other, guest speakers, and Network leaders while setting career goals and creating a plan to achieve those goals.

The Emerging Leader Institute will be held on June 14, 2017 in New York, NY at Fordham University. Purchase your $50.00 ticket, today!

Who should come to ELI?

Network members who are new and emerging leaders and have an interest in strengthening their leadership and management skills.

ELI is designed to offer emerging leaders opportunities to explore their leadership potential and abilities through interactive learning and practical skill building.

ELI reflects the belief that many of the skills and attributes needed for personal and professional success are acquired outside of or complement knowledge gained within the traditional classroom and/or professional setting.

ELI provides opportunities to explore a number of areas including public speaking, goal setting, organizational skills, and networking through experiential exercises as well as reflective analysis.

Thank You to Our Sponsor Karun K. Singh, PhD

The ELI Program Agenda will follow the Institute’s theme: Succeed, Manage, Lead

10:00am – 10:30am Welcome/ Networking Bingo

10:30am – 11:15am Elevator Intros: Why Are You Here?
Led by Dawn Shedrick, Founder and Chief Learning Officer of JenTex

11:15am – 12:30pm  SUCCEEDING
Keynote/Moderator: Jeremy Kohomban, President and CEO of The Children’s Village
Panel: Pathways to the C-Suite


  • Jess Dannhauser, President and CEO of Graham Windham
  • Rev. Wendy Calderon Payne, Executive Director of BronxConnect
  • Karen Dixon, Executive Director of Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services

12:30pm – 12:40pm Break

12:40pm – 1:30pm Lunch Program
Topic: Taking Your Network To The Next Level
Led by Dianne Mack, Executive Consultant at Creative Social Solutions

An expanded, interactive, and experiential dialogue about networking. Most professionals, especially social workers, shy away, wince, or groan at the suggestion that networking is essential to advancing professionally or to performing key management and leadership tasks related to core competencies and the 4Ms: Mission, Morals, Morale and Money.

1:30pm – 2:30pm MANAGING 
Led by: Dawn Shedrick and Marv Southard, Professor of Practice. He serves as CEO of The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC and director of the school’s Doctor of Social Work program

  • Open Group Discussion w/ expert feedback

2:30pm – 2:45pm Break

2:45pm – 4:15pm LEADING

2:45pm – 3:15 pm
Topic: Leadership
Led by Karun Singh, Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Social Work

3:15pm – 4:15pm Innovation as a Tool for Advancement
Led by Monica Nandan, Professor and Chair Department of Social Work and Human Services Kennesaw State University

4:15pm – 4:30pm Re-cap & Next Steps

4:30pm Adjourn