Nashville-based nonprofit Young Leaders Council (YLC) recently selected the Jack C. Massey College of Business as its inaugural school-specific partner for a program aimed at business alumni. The program, which began on March 16 and lasts through May 25, trains young professionals on how to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit organizations. The series of eleven classes encourages business men and women to use their leadership skills to make a lasting difference in the community. After completing these classes, participants are placed on nonprofit boards to serve a one-year internship as a nonvoting member.
“We were very pleased when Young Leaders Council selected the Massey School as its inaugural ‘school-specific’ cohort for YLC,” said Dr. Joe Alexander, associate dean and senior professor of performance excellence in Belmont’s College of Business. “It’s a nice recognition of the strength of our alumni network here in Nashville and aligns very well with Belmont’s core values of service and collaboration as essentials to intellectual, spiritual, personal and corporate life.”
The Young Leaders Council was created by the Council of Community Services and the HCA Foundation in 1985 to broaden and strengthen Nashville’s volunteer leadership base. Since its creation, the training program has had over 2,500 graduates who have served on the boards of 225 nonprofit agencies in Middle Tennessee.
Executive Director of YLC Diane Hayes said, “Alums tell me all the time how valuable YLC has been to them, not only in their community service life, but in their professional life also. Employers encourage their employees to become involved in a leadership position in their community, and YLC offers them that entryway. In addition, it is a great opportunity for them to network with young professionals from companies all over Middle Tennessee and make connections that last for years.”