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.

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 the 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.

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Fordham University Lincoln Center

Cost: $100.00

2020 ELI Speakers

Lakeya Cherry, DSW-C, MSSW | CEO, The Network for Social Work Management

Lakeya Cherry's Bio

Lakeya Cherry, DSW-C, MSSW, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Network for Social Work Management, an international membership organization dedicated to strengthening social work leadership in health and human services. Under her leadership, the Network has grown globally and introduced new, innovative programming that meets the needs of social work and human services leaders everywhere. At her previous position with 2U, Inc., a technology company partnering with prestigious universities to place degree programs online, Lakeya was a Senior Regional Field Manager for the University of Southern California School of Social Work’s online Master of Social Work program. Cherry was in charge of spearheading national partnerships and managing field education agency development initiatives. She has also held a variety of direct service positions in the nonprofit sector and volunteers during her free time. Lakeya currently serves on the board for the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP).

She earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Lakeya also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the National Human Services Assembly in collaboration with The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, the Executive Education Program at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

Lakeya is currently a Doctoral candidate at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with an expected graduation date of May 2020.

Dawn E. Shedrick, LCSW-R | CEO, JenTex Training & Consulting

Dawn Shedrick's Bio

Dawn Shedrick, LCSW-R, Founder and CEO of JenTex Training & Consulting, helps social workers and human services professionals nurture their careers through heart-centered, socially-relevant training and coaching.  JenTex is a professional development company that offers continuing education workshops live and online to individuals and human services organizations.

Dawn is a licensed clinical social worker and consultant with 20 years’ experience in all areas of social work practice.  She has designed and delivered professional development and community health education workshops for 20 years.  Her specializations are in supervision, case management and the mental health needs of people of color, particularly queer people of color.

When not “social working”, Dawn enjoys reading, knitting, traveling the world and snuggling with her beloved pooches Ziggy, Kingston and Marley.

Dawn Konrady, EdD, LSW, MBA, MA | Director, Child Welfare Education Institute (CWEI) at Stockton University

Dawn Konrady's Bio

Dawn Konrady, EdD, LSW, MBA, MA, is the Director of the Child Welfare Education Institute (CWEI) at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. She manages three statewide grant funded Title IV-E child welfare training and education programs–the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program (BCWEP), Masters Child Welfare Education Program (MCWEP), and New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership-Southern Region (NJCWTP-SR). She is a member of the NJ Child Placement Review Board and sits on the presidentially-appointed university Committee for the Protection of Minors. She holds a MSW and MBA from Stockton University and a MA in Bilingual and Bicultural Studies in Spanish and Certificate of Translation from La Salle University. Her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management is from Drexel University. She is also an adjunct instructor of Spanish and Leadership, Strategy, and Change freshman seminars at Stockton University. Her areas of interest are child welfare, organizational development, system reform, child welfare workforce development, and child migration and immigration policy.

An avid a traveler, Dr. Konrady wastes no opportunity to pack a bag and get on a plane or the road. Experiencing new cultures, and particularly, the food scene, is a favorite past time of hers. She also enjoys maintaining connection with her family and friends to indulge in lots of laughter and rejuvenation.

Sharea Farmer, LCSW | Owner, RS Counseling & Wellness Center

Sharea Farmer's Bio

Sharea Farmer, LCSW, is the owner of RS Counseling & Wellness Center and a licensed clinical social worker with years of success in helping clients recover from anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings where she received specialized training in multiple therapeutic practices. For the past two years, Sharea has worked in her own psychotherapy and training practice setting catering to mostly (but not exclusively) Black women, couples, adolescents and families.

Sharea is also a highly skilled Small and Non-Profit Business consultant. Through her skill building small businesses, she has a 100% success rate in helping individuals realize their dream of starting or expanding their business.

Sharea received a BA degree in Sociology from Rider University and a Master of Social Work with a concentration of mental health, health and aging from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Sharea is also currently an adjunct professor at Rutgers in their graduate level social work department where she teaches: Program Development and Strategic Planning, Direct Clinical Practice with Adolescents/Children, and Diversity and Oppression.

To learn more about Sharea Farmer or how to join the journey, you can follow her at: https://www.instagram.com/radiantsunshine728/

Company website: www.rswellness.org      Blog: www.radiantsunshine.org

Matthea Marquart, MSSW | Director of Administration for the Online Campus, Columbia University’s School of Social Work (CSSW)

Matthea Marquart's Bio

Matthea Marquart, MSSW, is the Director of Administration for the Online Campus at Columbia University’s School of Social Work (CSSW), where she is proud to lead a team of social workers dedicated to providing the highest quality social work education. CSSW’s Online Campus serves students across the country and offers clinical, management, and policy programs. She teaches in the management program, preparing a new wave of nonprofit and human services leaders, and facilitates the award-winning, intensive Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses.

Ms. Marquart’s social work values are reflected throughout her career. She previously served as the National Director of Training at Building Educated Leaders for Life, in which role she launched an award-winning blended e-learning and in-person training. She also served as President of the NYC Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and as Director of Foundation and Government Relations at the environmental research organization Inform, Inc. She has been a member of the Community Resources Exchange Leadership Caucus for Early Career Executive Directors, a member of the Online Learning Consortium’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning, a blogger for New York Nonprofit Press, and a 2017-18 Policy Fellow with the Network for Social Work Management.

Ms. Marquart writes and presents regularly on topics she is passionate about:  innovative and inclusive education, training, and nonprofit management.  Recent publications include “Taking Online Courses — 7 Professional Benefits for Social Work Students” in Social Work Today, “Practical Tips: Applying Accessibility Practices across a Curriculum” in the book Teaching Social Work with Digital Technology (Hitchcock, L., Sage, M., & Smyth, N., Eds.), and “How Co-Teaching and Other Strategies Promote Lively Student Engagement” in the book Creating Engaging Discussions: Strategies for “Avoiding Crickets” in Any Size Classroom and Online (Herman, J. & Nilson, L., Eds.). She facilitates about 20 presentations, workshops, and talks each year, both in person and online.

She holds a BA in English from Emory University, during which time she completed a year at Oxford University and coursework at UC Berkeley, and an MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her additional coursework includes a United Way of NYC Senior Fellowship in the Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute at Baruch College, and a Business Certificate from Columbia University.

Karun K. Singh, PhD | Professor of Teaching, Rutgers University School of Social Work

Karun K. Singh's Bio

Karun K. Singh, PhD, is a Professor of Teaching at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. He regularly presents his work at national and international conferences. His teaching, research, and consulting interests focus on multidisciplinary nonprofit and public human services management, collaborative strategic planning, social entrepreneurship, and microaggressions prevention. His community collaboration activities include serving as SSW Faculty Liaison to the National Association of Social Workers-New Jersey Chapter, Co-Chair of the Network for Social Work Management-New Jersey Chapter, Co-Chair of the Network for Social Work Management-New York City Chapter, Editorial Advisory Board Member of Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance,  Graduate Faculty Representative of the Council on Social Work Education’s National Nominating Committee, and Board Member of Wynona’s House.

Monica Nandan, PhD

Monica Nandan's Bio

Monica Nandan, PhD

Gokul Mandayam, PhD

Gokul Mandayam's Bio

Gokul Mandayam, PhD

Kelsey Louie, MSW, MBA | CEO, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)

Kelsey Louie's Bio

Kelsey Louie, MSW, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first, and nation’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy. As CEO, Kelsey oversees all operational, programmatic, and strategic aspects of the organization. Each year, GMHC serves 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City, the epidemic’s largest U.S. epicenter. GMHC brings expertise to both HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals, offering HIV and STI testing, nutrition counseling and hot meals, legal support services, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services, and workforce development. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020.

Kelsey’s rigorous, data-driven management style, sophisticated evaluation processes, and commitment to staff development have brought concrete, measurable results to the lives of thousands of clients and staff throughout his more than 15 year career in social services, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, behavioral health, addiction services, homelessness, LGBTQ issues, and family and children’s services. At GMHC, Kelsey has created a unique service delivery model, integrating robust evaluation processes and continuous quality improvement programs to build stronger programs, measurable outcomes, efficiencies, and greater quality of service to GMHC clients. In 2016, GMHC was the proud recipient of the 27th Annual Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) award for Organizational Excellence.

Kelsey’s past professional titles include Chief Operating Officer, Chief Program Officer, and Senior Vice President of HIV/AIDS Treatment and Support Services at Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc., where he worked for seven years overseeing the agency’s $42M dollar budget and managing operations, administration, finance, development, programs, and healthcare services to thousands of clients annually. Prior to Harlem United, Kelsey served as Director of Queens Family Support Services at New York Foundling, and Director of Prevention Services at Veritas Therapeutic Community.

In 2014, Kelsey was appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Taskforce to End the AIDS Epidemic in NYS by 2020. He currently serves on the Board of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), and iHealth, a statewide collaborative of community-based organizations united to advocate and negotiate on behalf of HIV Targeted Case Management Programs. Kelsey is a former Board member of the Big Apple Performing Arts, the umbrella organization of both the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.

Kelsey received an MSW from New York University in 2001 and an MBA from Columbia University in 2008. He is an adjunct professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.