Recent Participant Testimonials
There's nothing like a new tool in the toolbox to reinvigorate your marketing efforts, stimulate your creativity and expand your horizons. The session was incredibly informative, well run and reflective of the general level of excellence that defines all the Support Center's work. The other trainees were a great group of people, from disparate but nonetheless impressive backgrounds. It was great to learn the difference between being and ED and an Interim. The ED requires vision and leadership while the Interim requires the ability to stabilize an organization in transition while assessing it to help the Board fully understand what they really need in their next CEO. Both require significant financial acuity. (Click for a video of Frank discussing the IEL program.)
As a Board Chair about to retain an IED, I have a vastly improved idea about how to take maximum advantage of the situation. I liked the open and professional atmosphere.
H. Claude Shostal
As a community foundation president I am asked for guidance in times of transition so this new knowledge will be very helpful both in understanding better what nonprofits are experiencing, but also in providing help. Also, as a grantmaker, this knowledge base will be helpful. [What I liked most about the workshop were the] great participants; stimulating conversation; the candor of the panel participants; the experience and forthrightness of Support Center staff.
I plan to use this information to help a founder of an organization move on and at the same time assess where the organization needs help and how it can move forward. The instructors and guests for your classes are always remarkable -- knowledgeable, enthusiastic, engaging and helpful.
It kept moving. This was solid and beneficial. I want to make my dioceses aware of this program and use the Support Center for coaching if possible.
Rev. Alan C. French
I am in an IEL assignment now and have used the materials to reinforce and enhance what I am now doing.[I most liked the] networking possibilities and the opportunity to connect with the Support Center's resources and acumen. I liked the breadth of the skill set of the attendees. Panel of practitioners was especially insightful. Presenters had an excellent grasp of the subject matter.
Darwin M. Davis
The workshop provided a realistic view of what is required of an IEL and how to do it well. I particularly liked the case studies and panel discussion. It is very helpful to grapple with and hear about real circumstances. I also liked the level of support available to graduates.
This was the best professional development workshop I've ever attended. It helped me shape my approach to turnaround and start up organizations and provided me with useful tools I could use immediately.
In my opinion, the training provided valuable insights into the factors contributing to a successful Interim Executive Director term.
Donna R. Besteiro
Tools and reference source CD is good value. Support Center staff very helpful and professional. I would recommend it to others.
The information was relevant and powerful in this specific field.
The sessions were filled with helpful guidance and real world examples. it was wall to wall learning! I was impressed and would recommend the program to anyone.
The facilitation was excellent. The practical advice on first things to do, staying above the fray, etc. was very useful.
It was very interactive, challenging, raised alot of questions.
The IEL training workshop offers intensive case study review, collegial interactions with fellow participants and high-energy facilitation that challenges, stimulates and imparts a great deal of knowledge in a relatively short time. I'm very glad I participated!
I liked the composition of the group. The level of discussion was high and the experience level of the participants was high as well. It made for effective learning.
Tools were introduced that could be applied to work other than solely in an IED role.
Michelle K. Pullaro