Young Leader Spotlight: Erica Rivero

Young Leader Spotlight: Erica Rivero

Erica Rivero, Director of Inventory and Systems Management at Thistle Farms, is a member of the Young Leaders Council Nashville Class 76. In a recent discussion, Erica shares how participating in the YLC program, where she received training on how to be an impactful board member at a non-profit, enhances her capabilities as a professional in the non-profit sector.

Kate: Thank you for sitting down to share your experience with the YLC, Erica! How did you first learn about the Young Leaders Council?

Erica: Glad to be here! I first heard about the YLC because Thistle Farms, my employer, hosted a YLC intern. I am someone who is passionate about leadership and the non-profit sector, so the program sparked my interest.

Kate: We are glad that you got involved! What has been the most valuable part of the YLC program to you?

Erica: Many of my class members are new to learning about non-profits and the types of community-based organizations that we have here locally. I have worked in this space since my time as a student at Belmont so I came to the program with a different lens.

The best thing about the YLC program for us all is that the YLC instructors all have deep experience in non-profit management. They have all worked in the space for a long time. They understand the problems that non-profits face; for instance, the challenges associated with growth. We are learning from experts in the YLC program.

Through the YLC, I have gained a better understanding of how my own organization functions, which strengthens my leadership capacity as an employee. For instance, Noah Spiegel’s session on board member responsibilities included a discussion of the life cycles of non-profits. This session provided context that situated my understanding of the growth of the non-profit social enterprise where I work within the broader non-profit sector.

Kate: Thank you for sharing – and congratulations on recently completing the program! What are your hopes for what’s next, now that you’re a YLC alum?

Erica: On a practical level, I love that this program allowed me to learn about other non-profits in our community. The community response to the COVID-19 pandemic illustrated the importance of partnerships between non-profit to meet community needs. No one organization could do everything alone. I will take the knowledge and relationships gained through YLC to continue to connect with other non-profits for partnerships moving forward.

I love how Nashville welcomes immigrants, and I will serve as a board intern at Conexión Americas starting this fall. I am excited to play a larger role in connecting immigrants to resources right here in Nashville. I am passionate about leadership and social justice and I will find ways to continue contributing in this space.

That’s A Wrap – Thank you Class 73 & Williamson Class!

That’s A Wrap – Thank you Class 73 & Williamson Class!

Our two incredible groups of Young Leaders finished their final classes last week – and with distinction, might we add! We serve the most impressive young professionals in the greater Nashville area, and count it a privilege to watch them thrive in the YLC programs and beyond!

Nashville Class 73 – Kick-Off Session

Williamson Class – Kick-Off Session

As they prepare to serve on nonprofit boards, our Young Leaders engaged in 28 hours of classroom experience, participated in mock board sessions, and visited other nonprofits serving Nashville. Financials, strategic planning, fundraising, diversity, legal responsibilities–you name it, they’ve learned it!

What is next for our Young Leaders? After 11 weeks of formative leadership sessions, they will embark on their own adventures as board interns with nearly 90 different nonprofits in our city where they will exercise and share the knowledge they have gained.

Thank you to our weekly nonprofit hosts, instructors, and Young Leaders for another remarkable year!

YLC Class 72 Graduates 44 Participants on May 15

YLC Class 72 Graduates 44 Participants on May 15

Congratulations to the graduates of YLC Class 72, which had its last training session on May 15. after 28 hours of nonprofit board leadership training. The spring class of 44 participants had been meeting weekly since March 6 at nonprofits, universities and law firms around Nashville to learn about legal responsibilities of board members, strategic planning, conflict management, diversity, effective meetings and communications, and financials. All the best to the following graduates as they embark on their one-year board internships in the coming months: Eden Afriat (J.P. Morgan); Elaina Al-Nimri (Bass, Berry & Sims); Jaclyn Avara (Wells Fargo); Scott Bannach (HealthStream); Will Barlar, CPA (Deloitte & Touche LLP); William Benson (CapStar Bank); Chaz Bledsoe (Genesco Inc.); Danene Bottiaux (NOW CFO); Katie Burdette (HCA Healthcare); Adam Caplan (OptimizeRx Corporation); Jake Crandall, CPA (Cahaba Wealth Management); Katherine Daniels (InsBank); Kim Demirjian (HCA Healthcare); Samantha Dwyer (Robert W. Baird); Lindsey Ellis, CPA (Crosslin); Janelle Gallagher (CBRE); Tim Gilbert (Northwestern Mutual); Amy Goode (Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce); Marquinta Harvey, PhD (Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System); Emily Hassell (Ankura Consulting Group); Warren Hawkins (Lyft and; CJ Higgins (Elliott Davis); Elise Karpinski (UBS); Amanda Kolesaric (Fifth Third Bank); Ally Lanahan (Foundry Commercial); Alex Marshall (TN Army National Guard); Jake Martino (Bridgestone); Rahwa Mehari, EdD (Meharry Medical College); Mary Becker Menendez (InfoWorks); Campbell Mobley (Cheekwood Estate & Gardens); Rachel Oakley (PwC); Dayton O’Brien (First Tennessee Bank); Jeremy A. Oliver (Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP); Marisa Polowitz (Ardent Health Services); Drew Powell (Martin & Zerfoss, Inc.); Bronte Prins (Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC); Shane Ramsey (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP); Scott Ringenberg (Caterpillar Financial); Erin Rogus (Office of former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D.); Levi Sciara (Gresham Smith); Dominique Shanks (Salama Urban Ministries) Ashley Wallace (Dollar General); Angela Wynn (Wynning Essentials); and Lindsay Youngbauer (Diversified Trust Company).

See photos from the opening luncheon at Genesco on 3/6/19 here.

Christy Martin of YLC Class 61 Earns Doctorate in Education

Christy Martin of YLC Class 61 Earns Doctorate in Education

Congratulations to Christy Martin (Class 61) who received her doctorate in education with a concentration in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University on May 4. A 2013 YLC graduate, she earned an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Lipscomb University and a bachelor’s in Business Management and Organizational Development from Bethel College. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors, Dr. Martin!