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April 19, 2005

Program Helps Youth Services Managers Become More Effective

Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management’s (INM) 8th Annual Middle Management Program for Youth Service Organizations will begin April 21, 2005.


Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management’s (INM) 8th Annual Middle Management Program for Youth Service Organizations will begin April 21, 2005. The course is designed exclusively for Managers and Executive Directors of small community-based organizations engaged in youth development. INM is a division of Columbia Business School’s Executive Education department.

The 7-day program starts April 21, 2005 with a one-day session at Columbia’s New York City campus, followed by a week-long residential program at Columbia’s Conference Center in Harriman, New York, May 15-20, 2005. The program concludes with a single day session and graduation ceremony on the New York City campus on June 17, 2005.

“The program is specifically designed to prepare mid-level managers, working in youth services, to lead more strategically and effectively – stepping away from the immediate pressures of managing a program to concentrate on future strategy,” says Ethan Hanabury, Associate Dean for Executive Education. “The program strikes a balance between the theory and practical application of general management concepts, which helps these managers become even more effective in their roles.” As part of the experience, participants prepare a strategic analysis of their agency or program, and develop a plan for achieving goals that they identify.

Lisa C. Hines, Managing Director of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, says that middle managers gain a broader perspective about their roles and organizations. “It’s a win/win/win – for agencies, the communities served, and funders. It’s no secret that many non-profit organizations accomplish much with few resources, and managers are often so pressed with day-to-day issues that they can’t see the forest for the trees. The course provides an opportunity for them to step back and re-evaluate their programs – and agencies – in a broader context. With a clearer sense of the whole picture, managers acquire the tools to enhance their programs, and better serve their communities.”

Danielle Moss Lee, President of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), an alumna of several INM programs – including Middle Management for Youth Service Organizations –says, “One of the best things about the course is its structure over several months – you get to ‘marinate’ ideas and come back and discuss them with your peer group.” Based on her own experience, she has sent staff members to Middle Management for Youth Service Organizations to strengthen their leadership skills and enhance their programs. “One of my first courses at INM was Middle Management for Youth Service Organizations. Everyone in that cohort went on to greater leadership and advanced their careers. I definitely believe in the Institute’s model – they know what they’re doing.”

About Executive Education at Columbia Business School

Consistently top-ranked in Executive Education by the Financial Times and other surveys, Columbia Executive Education, a division of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, offers programs that deliver a global perspective on the latest theories and trends driving business around the world. Its offerings include open enrollment programs for individuals and customized programs to meet specific corporate goals. The Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, founded in 1975, is housed within Executive Education, and is designed to build the managerial capacity of non-profit organizations. Other INM programs include a winter session of the Middle Management Program, which is open to mid-level managers involved in all fields of service, the Executive Level Program, and the Leadership Development Program. INM also works with individual organizations to develop customized programs. Columbia Executive Education is located within the Columbia University campus in New York City.

For more information, please contact Maria Graham or Troy Eggers at 212-854-2747.