Project LEAD

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 seven-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's Spring 2021 session application is now open.


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All applications & supporting materials must be submitted before 5:00 pm CST on Friday, February 26, 2021. The $150 participation fee is due at orientation.

COVID-19 Update: All sessions will be hosted virtually.  If business resumes as normal prior to or during the course of the program, sessions will be moved to the Johnson Controls Volunteer Center of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, 200 W. Pleasant Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53212.

Spring 2021 Project LEAD Timeline

Orientation: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 • 5:30-7:30 pm • Introductions & Photo Session

Session 1: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 • 5:30-7:30 pm • Board Basics & Board Structure

Session 2: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 • 5:30-7:30 pm • Advocacy & Learning from Experience

Session 3: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 • 5:30-7:30 pm • A Board’s Role in Resource Development

Session 4: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 • 5:30-7:30 pm • Governance & Transparency

Session 5: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 • 5:30-7:30 pm • Financial Management

Session 6: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 • 5:30-7:30 pm • Making the Connection

Session 7: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 • 5:30-7:30 pm • Learnings in Action

Graduation: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 • 5:30-7:30 pm • Virtual celebration & Ceremony

Get on Board: TBD • Nonprofit board resource/recruitment fair

Volunteer: TBD


For more information, contact Samantha Mitchell at 414.263.8202 or via email.

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