How one nonprofit is building leadership from within

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Photo via iMentor. Click to visit their org page on Idealist – they currently have five jobs, two internships, and a volunteer opportunity listed on the site!

In the latest issue of HR Connections, our monthly newsletter for the nonprofit human resources community, Kim Hendler writes:

At iMentor, we’ve been faced with an age-old question: When a management position opens up in our organization, do we promote an individual contributor who is great at their job, eager for next steps, and overall a high potential employee but lacks supervisory experience and training and whom we may not be able to adequately support? Or do we hire externally, facing the significant challenge of hiring great middle managers who are a sure fit with our management culture?

As Managing Director of Talent at iMentor, Kim worked with her team and with support from the American Express Foundation to create a formal program to invest in leadership development. Her goal is to train “high performing, high potential staff…to build a strong bench for future roles requiring leadership and management skills.” Curious how they did it? Find the full article here.

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Comments (3)


  1. G. Sylvester Cooper, Sr. writes:
    June 8, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Precious greetings from Liberia.

    I am a Liberian, Cross-Cultural Missionary Pastor, a chaplain for a support based group of Eye Association of Liberia. The organization work with both People Living With HIV and People living with out.

    Presently, I am a Freshman student at the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary; majoring in missiology.

    Prayerfully; We seek covering partnership as we reach the nation with HIV preventative massages.


  2. Idealist writes:
    June 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Hi Sylvester,

    The best way to reach our community is to visit http://www.idealist.org and list Eye Association of Liberia there. It’s free to do that and then you can post volunteer opportunities, internships, and more ways for people to get involved. Please let us know if you have any questions. Best, the Idealist team


  3. Aaron Taylor writes:
    June 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I think it is great, and does my heart good to see such companies as yours help the individual and community by paying it forward. I used to mentor a young man when I worked at Price Waterhouse some yours ago, he wanted to be a designer and attended a charter school in Los Angeles. Since then I’ve started a non profit and still plan to continue my efforts and the same kinds of dreams. Keep up the good work.


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