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Enrollment Is Open For Diversity Training Program; Now In 24th Year


The 24th annual “Project Inclusion Board Governance Leadership Development Program” sponsored by the United Way of South Hampton Roads Committee on Diversity and Inclusion now is accepting applications to enroll in classes. The training sessions begin Tuesday February 11, 2020 from 3-5:30 p.m.

Following 23 consecutive years of successful leadership training, the “awarding winning program” is one of three programs recognized nationally by United Way Worldwide as a “Best Practice for Diversity Program in the nation.”

The local program is 13 weeks which offer training in the recruitment, education, development and retention of leaders for inclusion as effective directors on the boards of local non-profit agencies. Graduating over 750 alumni, Project Inclusion’s training will strengthen leadership and management skills and prepare participants to effectively serve on an agency board or commission. Leading companies and corporations have supported their employees to participate in Project Inclusion. Project Inclusion graduates have received appointments by Virginia Governors to State Boards and Commissions in addition to local City Boards and Commissions.

Weekly classes will be facilitated by local subject matter experts in a variety of professional development fields. The Curriculum topics include Professional Development & Career Assessment Evaluation; Boardsmanship; Fundraising; Conflict Resolution; Cultural Sensitivity; Effective Communication; Executive Director’s Best Practices Panel Discussion; Ethical & Legal Responsibilities; Fiscal Responsibilities; Community Mapping; Research and Technology Tools; Parliamentary Procedures; Image Building; and Board Governance.

The next 13-week class begins February 11, 2020 at the United Way Regional Headquarters at 2515 Walmer Avenue, Norfolk, VA. Class size is limited to 35 and selection will be based upon receipt of applications and enrollment fees on a first come, first serve basis. Enrollment is limited.

For additional questions and fees, call United Way (757) 853-8500 ext. 134. Stacey Robertson is the Project Inclusion Coordinator at

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