Cultivating next generation leadership

Above: Alissa Rafferty, left, of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Paige Doerner of the Adirondack Museum participate in a breakout session at the 2015 Adirondack Nonprofit Network Retreat.

In May 2015, the Adirondack Nonprofit Network (ANN) hosted its annual retreat at the Blue Mountain Center.

This year’s retreat came with a fresh twist—instead of the traditional faces, ANN brought together nearly two dozen young nonprofit professionals representing organizations like Mountain Lake PBS, Great Camp Sagamore, View, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, and many others. On the second day, the emerging leaders were joined by their more experienced colleagues.

The retreat focused on leadership skills, the rise of social enterprise, technology, and much more. The conversation was energetic.

“It was refreshing and reassuring to realize there are many other young professionals out there who really care about the Adirondacks as much as I do,” said Alissa Ra‚fferty, executive assistant and Terrestrial Connectivity coordinator at the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. “As nearly every nonprofit sector was represented, it was a neat opportunity to see the Park from other angles and the power of bringing such a diverse group together for a common purpose.”

“The most significant benefit of the retreat was learning that there is an emerging community of young professionals in the Adirondack region who are committed to the development of the area,” said Paige Doerner, marketing assistant at the Adirondack Museum. “They are enthusiastic about their work, their organizations, and the Adirondacks, and are eager to meet other young professionals to share ideas. The opportunity to network with this great group was really wonderful, and can only stand to benefit all participating nonprofits in the Adirondacks.”

Click here to learn more about the Adirondack Nonprofit Network.