Project LEAD

In Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, too many people are left out of our public conversations. United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is changing this with Project LEADLeadership Effectiveness And Diversity.

This in-depth six-week training program prepares community members for leadership roles on nonprofit boards and committees, with an emphasis on recruiting participants from underrepresented board populations (women, racially and ethnically diverse, young professionals).

  • Learn the basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards
  • Understand what is expected of individual board members
  • Broaden your professional networks
  • Influence decisions impacting our community

Participants will have an opportunity to be connected to agencies with a mission that corresponds to the participant’s personal interests. The program’s goal is to introduce each participant to a nonprofit board within six months of program completion.

Project LEAD is presented by the Leadership Society. Leadership Society members serve as participant advisors and instructors for the program. An advisor will be matched with each program participant to be a resource and support to the participant during and after the program.


Fall 2017 Project LEAD Timeline

All sessions will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • Friday, August 4, 2017: Applications Due
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017: Introductions & Photo Session
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017: Board Basics & Board Structure
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017: Advocacy & Learning from Experience
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017: Governance & Transparency
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017: Financial Management
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017: A Board's Role in Resource Development
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Making the Connection
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017: Learnings in Action
  • TBD, Graduation

Timeline handout



For more information, contact Joel Peterson at 414.263.8163 or via email.

The deadline for the fall session has passed. Applications for Project LEAD's spring session will be available in December 2017.

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