COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE GRADUATES INAUGURAL CLASS OF TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERS

Urban Core Collective builds pipeline of diverse leaders  through Transformational Leaders Program

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Urban Core Collective (UCC), a local collaborative working to increase the capacity and accessibility of supportive services that address the core needs of people of color and marginalized families residing in Grand Rapids, honored its first class of Transformational Leaders Program graduates on Tuesday, February 4th at the City Flats Hotel Ballroom in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Transformational Leaders Program is a groundbreaking experiential and interactive leadership development program provided by the Urban Core Collective to create a pipeline for future professional leaders from communities of color who are service-oriented and posses the potential to fulfill governance, management and professional positions across sectors of Grand Rapids. Paul T. Doyle, founder of Inclusive Performance Strategies, provided the Transformational Leaders program development and facilitation.

“It has been evident that there is a lack of culturally diverse leadership within our community of Grand Rapids and that it would take an intentional effort to address this issue,” explained Doyle. “Therefore, the UCC members created this program to be the first step in creating a pipeline of future leaders of color that would be equipped to fill the void in the community.”

A transformational leader is defined as an individual whom “possesses the personality, traits and ability to create change through example, articulation of an energizing vision and challenging goals. Transformational leaders work towards sustainable systemic change that benefits their team, organization and community.” The inaugural class will graduate 21 local men and women.

The members of the Urban Core Collective include Baxter Community Center, Family Outreach Center, Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, Grand Rapids Urban League, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and United Methodist Community House.

About Urban Core Collective: The Urban Core Collective, comprised of six member organizations, increases the capacity and accessibility of supportive services that address the core needs of people of color and marginalized families residing in Grand Rapids. The collaborative focuses on economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment.