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TROY — Beginning in August, Edison Community College’s Academy for Community Leadership (the Academy) will host a special mini series featuring three presentations that focus on various not-for-profit leadership principles. Each session will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua campus.

“Edison’s Academy for Community Leadership is a unique entity of the Edison Foundation which has connected us to the surrounding not-for-profit community,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Edison Foundation Kim Horton. “The expansion of our curriculum is a reflection of our desire to expand our outreach.”

To kick off the mini series, the first session, held on Aug. 13, will feature a focused and thought provoking discussion on social entrepreneurship and its investment in charity. Participants will view a TED Talk, given by Dan Pallotta, a social activist who is best known for his implementation of and involvement in multi-day, long-distance, charitable event. The session will continue with an interactive, facilitated discussion about charitable impact in our region.

The second installment of the series, on Sept. 17, will feature Nicolette Winner of Kids Read Now presenting on volunteer management. In addition to her commitment to numerous regional organizations, Winner is a frequent speaker on topics related to volunteer engagement and nonprofit community relations. She has worked closely with upwards of 500 nonprofit organizations in western Ohio, as well as presenting to audiences on local, state, and national levels. Winner has been the recipient of copious accolades including the Women in Business Networking’s Top 25 Women to Watch, Dayton Business Journal’s Forty under 40 and more.

The mini series will wrap up on Oct. 8 with a presentation on ethics from David Bohardt, executive director of St Vincent De Paul. In 2013, Bohardt’s leadership contributed to providing shelter to more than 4,000 homeless men, women and children through St. Vincent de Paul’s transitional housing program. He has nearly 40 years of non-profit management experience and has been the recipient of numerous awards including Leader of the Year in the city of Dayton.

The mission of the Academy is to strengthen not-for-profit organizations by providing quality educational and training opportunities designed to develop more effective directors, leaders, board members, staff and volunteers of not-for-profit organizations. The academy partners with area not-for-profits to host an annual workshop series.

The cost to attend the event is $15 per person, per session and includes lunch and any required materials. For more information or to register, visit www.edisonohio.edu/miniseries or contact Julie Slattery at jslattery@edisonohio.edu or (937) 778-7805. Registrations are requested one week prior to each event.

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