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: $75.00

THANK YOU To Our 2019 ELI Speakers

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

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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.

Jennifer L. Magnabosco, PhD, ACC | Career-Leadership-Life Transitions Coach, Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and Workshop Trainer

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Jennifer L. Magnabosco, PhD, ACC is a certified Career-Leadership-Life Transitions Coach, Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and Workshop Trainer. She has 25+ years of experience in management, coaching, consulting, training, teaching, research/evaluation and clinical practice in government, non-profit, university, and private sector organizations. She has devoted her career to helping individuals, groups and organizations “embrace change and forge transitions with knowledge, confidence and grace” to achieve goals and growth. She coaches public and private sector professionals at all levels, small teams, emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, and individuals making career changes or returning to the workforce. Her consulting expertise includes organizational development and assessment; strategic planning; workforce development; change implementation and management; and using research/evaluation to support the delivery and management of services and products.

Jennifer’s presentations and publications have focused on career and leadership develop-ment; emotional intelligence; and the implementation, improvement and evaluation of mental health, substance use, homelessness, and healthcare services. As a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor she provides trainings for the Adult, Older Adult, Youth, and Higher Educa-tion modules. She is Co-Editor of the first (1997) and second (2011) editions of Outcomes Measurement in the Human Services: Cross-Cutting Issues and Methods. She currently serves as Mental Health Section Policy Chair-American Public Health Association; Mentor-Network for Social Work Management, The University of Chicago Women’s Athletic Association, and Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine; and reviewer for peer-reviewed journals.

Jennifer received her PhD (in Social Policy Administration, and Community Mental Health) from Columbia University; and MA (in Social Science-Human Development) and BA (in Behavioral Science/Psychology) from the University of Chicago. She received her certifications as a Life & Leadership Coach from the Hudson Institute of Coaching; Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation; Career Coach from GetFive; Emotional Intelligence Practitioner from Learning in Action Technologies; Emotional Intelligence EQI-2.0 Assessment Coach from Multi-Health Systems; and Mental Health First Aid Instructor from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Dawn Konrady, EdD | Director of the Child Welfare Education Institute (CWEI) at Stockton University

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Dawn Konrady, EdD, 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.

Imani Rupert-Gordon, MSW | Executive Director of Affinity Community Services

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For over 15 years Imani Rupert-Gordon has worked to advance social justice efforts by working in higher education, social work, and nonprofit management.

Imani Rupert-Gordon serves as the Executive Director of Affinity Community Services. Affinity is a social justice organization that works to support the entire LGBTQ+ community, with an emphasis on Black LGBTQ+ women. Imani has delivered presentations and keynote addresses on topics of intersectionality and diversity and inclusion, as well as issues pertaining to LGBTQ+ youth, LGBTQ+ older adults. In addition, Imani serves on the Illinois State Treasurer’s LGBT Advisory Council; the governing board of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s United Pride Executive committee, and has been selected to serve as a member of the Democratic Party of Illinois Delegate Selection Affirmative Action Committee for the 2020 Presidential election.

Previously, Imani served as the Director of the Broadway Youth Center (BYC), part of Howard Brown Health. There she worked with LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability. During her tenure, Imani led an advisory board that made recommendations for the new permanent location and future for BYC. Additionally, under her leadership, the BYC saw an expansion of services and an increase in the number of participants served.

Prior to coming to Chicago, Imani worked for 8 years at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There, she served as a lecturer and administrator. She was also the founder of the Social Fiction Conference. This conference continues to create a forum that allow students dismantle biases and examine issues of social justice through science fiction, gaming and fantasy.

Imani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.

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

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Matthea Marquart 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

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Karun K. Singh 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.

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

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The owner of RS Counseling & Wellness Center, Sharea Farmer is 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

Goutham M. Menon, PhD | Dean and Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work

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Dr. Goutham M. Menon is currently Dean & Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997 and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 1988 from the Madras School of Social Work, Chennai, India. He is currently completing his MBA in Entrepreneurship & Sustainability at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has over 20 years of academic experience at the undergraduate & graduate levels having taught at the University of Texas at Arlington (1996-1998); University of South Carolina (USC) (1998-2005); and at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) (2006-2013); and Director and Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Social Work, Division of Health Sciences (2013-2017). He started his social work career as a case worker at the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India). 

His area of expertise lies in the utilization of information and communication technologies for human services and for distance education. This is evidenced through his research, classroom experiences, and his service to the community and profession. He has published articles and book chapters and have edited 4 books in this area. His current focus is on moving the profession to stimulate the imagination of our workforce and the public through the dissemination of important findings from Social Work research. 

He has been actively involved in various leadership roles at the Council on Social Work Education, including serving as an elected member of the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. He has serve as Secretary General of the International Consortium for Social Development and as Treasurer and on the board of HUSITA, an international organization promoting technology use for social development and social good. He has served as Chair of the Commission of Conferences and Faculty Development, CSWE and was a member of the Commission on Accreditation and the International Commission. He was also elected to serve as VP for the Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (2014-2016). He serves on four editorial boards of academic journals. He is also on the advisory board of the Global Institute of Social Work, based out of Singapore, to produce and curate online training programs for social workers and humanitarian workers who otherwise do not get empirically based practices in the regions they work in. He currently serves as Vice-President and Program Chair of the National Association of Deans & Directors of Social Work Programs.