INMLphotoOn September 30, Tisch College and the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership held an opening reception for the 126 nonprofit leaders from Greater Boston and the Merrimack Valley selected as the Institute’s 2015-2016 students.

The INML, an independent nonprofit organization, aims to close the skill and diversity gap in nonprofit leadership through year-long training of nonprofit executives, middle managers and high-potential emerging leaders and by cultivating a powerful network of leaders on the front lines of social justice. INML is entering its 9th year of operation, but this will be its first in affiliation with Tisch College and Tufts University, which will grant certificates to those who complete the program. To date, the INML has educated nearly 600 nonprofit leaders affiliated with more than 360 nonprofit organizations.

The 126 students of INML’s class of 2016 represent a diverse group of individuals from nonprofits that range in size (from small and local, to large and national), focus (education, youth, human services, community development, mental and physical health, the arts, and environmental protection), and location.  Agencies that will be sending students to the INML this year include YearUp, City Year, North Shore Community Health Center, Citizen Schools, Community Team Work, YMCA of Greater Lowell Boston Youth Wrestling, and Boston Center for the Arts.

“We are incredibly excited to start collaborating with Tisch College,” says Yolanda Coentro, Co-President and Chief Executive Officer of the INML. “The INML’s mission to increase the sustainability of nonprofits by educating the next generation of leaders is complemented by Tisch College’s dedication to civic education and community engagement. This is a natural partnership.”

Students will hone their leadership and management skills over the course of the year through comprehensive management seminars led by seasoned nonprofit practitioners, and they will develop relationships with other leaders across multiple professional levels, regions, and sectors.  The affiliation with Tisch College and Tufts University allows the INML to integrate new programs aligned with the communities they serve and build on their hallmark diversity.

Alan D. Solomont, Dean of Tisch College, expressed his enthusiasm for the new affiliation: “I believe this partnership will create new, mutually beneficial opportunities for both the INML students and alumni and for Tisch College. We’re looking forward to exploring new ways to amplify our collective impact.”

Originally published October 2015