Rhode Island Secretary of State Gorbea Keynotes the Inaugural Graduation for the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership

The Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership celebrates the graduation of its inaugural Rhode Island class of 13 nonprofit leaders

July 6, 2016

Providence, RI – On Tuesday, June 28, surrounded by friends and family, 13 local nonprofit leaders gathered to celebrate completing the Core Certificate Program through the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership (INML) and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. 

To celebrate this inaugural class, The Honorable Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island’s Secretary of State, addressed the leaders with a keynote. In addition to receiving certificates in nonprofit management and leadership from INML and Tufts, the nonprofit leaders were awarded citations from the Secretary’s office to recognize their achievements. INML expanded to Rhode Island in the beginning of 2016 to give nonprofit executives and leaders the opportunity to hone their management and leadership skills.

“The Institute’s work is something we need in Rhode Island and is especially critical when many nonprofits are facing succession challenges,” said Secretary Gorbea. “I look forward to seeing the program grow and leadership in the nonprofit sector become even stronger and more innovative.”

Yolanda Coentro, President and CEO of INML noted, “Nonprofits play a vital role in Rhode Island and are critical to the strength of the community. Launching this program here, in my home state, gives us the chance to build upon this strength and enhance the skills of leaders throughout the sector.” Coentro added, “We are thrilled to partner with the many talented leaders in the community as we work to make the sector more skilled, prepared and diverse.”

INML’s award-winning programs offer nonprofit executives and managers the opportunity to hone their leadership skills while networking with the region’s top nonprofit talent. To date, over 700 nonprofit leaders from more than 400 organizations have participated in INML from across Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, and now Rhode Island. 

Maria Kasparian, Chief Executive Officer at Edesia, one of several executives in the program, shared "The Core Certificate Program allowed us to create a special space in which we could breathe, read, listen, learn and discuss relevant topics to management and leadership–things that we, as nonprofit leaders, do not always make enough time to do.” She added, “I strongly recommend this program to others and am planning to send one of my colleagues to the next class.”

INML is now accepting applications in Rhode Island, Boston, and the Merrimack Valley for the 2016 – 2017 academic year that will begin at the end of September 2016. To apply and for more information, visit www.inml.org.