For Ellie Canter, 2014 Management Fellow at the American Express - Aspen Institute Academy 2.0, the Academy offered an opportunity to step back from the constant press of deadlines and to-do lists and think bigger—about her work, her passion and the type of leader she wants to be.
It didn’t hurt that the training took place in beautiful Aspen, Colorado.
Aspen’s Academy is a fellowship program for emerging nonprofit leaders that trains its to explore and embrace their core personal values with best practices from other professional sectors. Their week-long leadership retreat focused on cross-sector collaboration, storytelling and the idea of enlightened leadership – prioritizing “blue sky thinking,” or moving beyond the daily demands of the job to focus on inspiration and purpose.
Canter is the director of programs for Turning the Page, a Washington, D.C., education nonprofit committed to building more pathways for engaging parents as partners in their children’s education. She says the training provided moments to pause, and also to connect with leaders in different disciplines in the nonprofit sector.
“Aspen’s gift to me and my peers was more than its beauty and thought provoking conversations, it was the emphasis on our potential as a sector to craft empowering narratives that highlight our authentic partnerships with communities," she reflected in her September 17 blog post on ProInspire. Read the full blog to learn more about her time and take-aways from her time at the Academy.
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