September 11, 2007

Sharen Duke (first row, sixth from left) with other SPNM Program participants at Harvard Business School.

The back-to-school season started early this year for ASC's Executive Director Sharen Duke—but this was no ordinary classroom.

In July, Sharen attended the prestigious Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management (SPNM) Program at Harvard Business School. She was one of two executives sponsored by the Harvard Business School Club of New York to attend this renowned program, which attracts nonprofit leaders from throughout the world, representing all sectors, including healthcare, human services, environmental issues, international development, and the arts.

SPNM equips executives to navigate the continuously shifting landscape that makes nonprofit management so demanding—from operating environments to fiscal pressures and service needs. Participants reexamine their missions, develop new strategies, and strengthen their ability to make their organizations more effective.

"My weeklong immersion in SPNM was an opportunity to reflect on ASC's work, plan for the future, benefit from the guidance of Harvard's brilliant faculty, and be inspired by my colleagues in nonprofit leadership from all over the world," says Sharen. "I gained tools that have sharpened my skills and deepened my vision for ASC's path to new heights of capacity and quality. I'm deeply grateful to the program for all I learned there, and to the Harvard Business School Club of New York for making this experience possible."

To continue the vibrant dialogue that was so integral to the SPNM experience, participants from New York City—including the leaders of El Museo del Barrio, Planned Parenthood NYC, Jewish Community Center of Manhattan, and Creative Alternatives of New York—will meet monthly to explore key elements of nonprofit management and share strategies and expertise.

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