Visionary Leadership Fund

Leadership Development Initiatives

Examples of Leadership Development Initiatives

The following examples of strategies, programs and approaches are provided as a source of ideas but are not intended to limit thinking about the best way to achieve the unique leadership development objectives of each proposed leader or emerging leader and each specific organization. We want you to determine the best fit for your leaders and organizations.

  1. Conferences and or workshops that are part of a larger leadership development strategy
  2. Consulting services (examples are listed below *)
  3. Training and or coaching either brought in house or provided externally
  4. Courses or certificates offered by local colleges and universities that are directly related to building leadership capacity & characteristics, not merely content or field knowledge
  5. NAWLI  National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute (
  6. NELI  (Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research): Certificate for Executive Leaders or Certificate for Ascending Leaders          –
  7. The Non Profit Center at La Salle University: Leadership Development options including Peer Learning Circles for Executive Directors and Emerging Leaders
  8. Leadership Philadelphia
  9. University of Pennsylvania Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy

* The following is a list of consultants who have successfully worked with Valentine grantees. Shared to help leadership grant applicants explore possible options, but not intended as an exclusive list or to endorse any particular individual or group.


Tiffenia D. Archie, PhD (worked with Women’s Resource Center)

Amadee Braxton, Dragonfly Partners (Girls Rock Philly)

June Gruska-Rosen, ExtraordinarYou (Girls, Inc)

Alison Gerig, LCSW (Women’s Medical Fund)

Terrie Levine, Back To Life (Girls Rock Philly)

Paul Hilt & Associates (Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia)

Sonya Weigle, SWC Management Consulting (Woman Against Abuse)

Robbe Healey, Aurora Consulting (Bridge of Hope National)

AORTA – Anti-Oppression Resources and Training Alliance (Girls Rock Philly)