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 is presented by the Diversity Leadership Society. Diversity Leadership Society members serve as participant advisors and instructors for the program. 

Spring 2018 Project LEAD Timeline

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

  • Friday, March 2, 2018: Applications due.
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018: Introductions & Photo Session
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018: Board Basics & Board Structure
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018: Advocacy & Learning from Experience
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018: Governance & Transparency
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Financial Management
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018: A Board's Role in Resource Development
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018: Making the Connection
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018: Learnings in Action
  • TBD, Graduation

Timeline handout

Be a part of the Spring 2018 class!


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All applications and supporting materials must be submitted before 5:00pm CST on Friday, March 2, 2018.


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

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