Commentary by Nancy Chance
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The Hamilton County Executive Directors Group was formed in 2017 by Good Samaritan Network, with the objective to actively support, foster, advance, endorse, mentor, inspire and move like-minded nonprofit agencies forward while purposefully supporting participating the Hamilton County Executive Directors Group. Limited membership is available annually.
There is the powerful potential of peer learning when you consider the unique diversity and experiences of executive directors, including the opportunity to gain confidence, think bigger, develop goals with accountability and feel less alone.
When in a position of leadership, it’s easy to forget that we don’t have to go it alone. Certainly, that’s an essential part of the mission for the Hamilton County Executive Directors Group. Understanding that executive directors benefit from spaces with their peers where they can learn and develop individually and corporately. This becomes even more significant in a time when tight funding and fewer professional development dollars are available to nonprofits.
Some obvious outcomes for building a stronger network of executive directors and service providers include community networking among a diversity of agencies, organizations, individuals, etc.; gaining practical expertise with peer-to-peer influences; creating a safe place of commitment, support, concern, and respect; generating a think-tank approach for assessment and development of partners, organizationally, and for the evaluation of current or new policies and procedures, reflecting on one another’s unique history and current needs, considering clear approaches for moving forward professionally and organizationally; and recognizing potential opportunities and related entrepreneurship
Limited membership to the Hamilton County Executive Directors Group is available annually.
Nancy Chance is the executive director of Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County.