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LeaderSpring Center on KTVU

LeaderSpring Center Executive Director Sonia Mañjon and Deputy Director Safi Jiroh discuss the Women of Color LeadStrong Fellowship and the impetus for diversifying social sector leadership.


Case Studies in Distributed Leadership

What is distributed leadership? Find out in a new series of thematic case studies looking at how forward-thinking nonprofit organizations—including LeaderSpring Center—are vesting real decision-making authority among more of their staff members. Click here to view the five-part series.


Women Of Color Cohort Will Address
Social Justice, Racial Equity

“The [Women of Color LeadStrong] Fellowship is important because women leaders of color have historically been under-represented in the social sector even though they have been champions in working with communities suffering from poverty, poor health, low education, inadequate housing and poor jobs prospects.”

In this SFGate article, Bay City News Service interviews LeaderSpring staff Sonia Mañjon, Safi Jiroh, and Molly Linares and Women of Color LeadStrong Fellow Adria Moss about the importance of empowering female leaders of color in the social sector.


What’s at Stake in Today’s Election?

In case you missed it, tune in to hear Executive Director Sonia Mañjon engage in conversation with Living Room host Kris Welch on KPFA 94.1 about what's at stake in today's election, especially for women and communities of color. Discussion includes hopes and fears emerging from the election, as well as commentary on Black Female Project founder Precious Stroud's op-ed, "Will I Take a Morning After Pill on November 7?"


Can A For-Profit Business Be Socially Responsible?

In this insightful article, former LeaderSpring Advisory Council Chair and Class 5 Alumna Holly Gold explores the relationship between social responsibility and entrepreneurship, and discusses LeaderSpring's role in helping her achieve her vision of starting a social enterprise.

While at LeaderSpring, one of Gold’s mentors introduced her to the concept of social enterprise, where ownership, as well as the broader funding streams from a business, provide what Gold saw as a sustainable model for transforming communities.
Student exploration at Holly Gold's Rockridge Little School, Oakland, CA

Student exploration at Holly Gold's Rockridge Little School, Oakland, CA


National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) Report: 

NCRP released a report titled "Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity," featuring LeaderSpring and three other leadership development programs across the country.

LeaderSpring also builds communities
of leaders, providing the space needed for creative
idea exchanges and forging relationships
across issue silos for transformational change.

Case Study: A Bolder Form of Leadership

LeaderSpring is proud to share A Bolder Form of Leadership, a case study of how Jennifer Lyle of Building Blocks for Kids accelerated change in Richmond's Iron Triangle community with the help of her LeaderSpring Fellowship.

“Many decisions were being made on behalf of people who lived in the community. Much of the work being done was grounded in the perspective that people are broken and need to be fixed, rather than that the systems are broken.”
— Jennifer Lyle, Founder, Building Blocks for Kids
Left to right: Mariana Moore (Former Council Chair), Jennifer Lyle (Alumni '12), and Cynthia Chavez (Former Executive Director).  Photo by: Jonathon Fong

Left to right: Mariana Moore (Former Council Chair), Jennifer Lyle (Alumni '12), and Cynthia Chavez (Former Executive Director).

Photo by: Jonathon Fong