New York Encore Fellows Program

Encore Fellowships on the East Coast

The Encore Fellowships program was originally launched in Silicon Valley in 2009 by Encore.org. Recognizing the need for talent to address critical issues transcends geographic boundaries, the East Coast expansion of the program was successfully launched in 2011 in New York and Washington D.C.
2013 New York Encore Fellows Program speaker panel, featuring Marci Alboher, Encore.org Vice President and author of the Encore Career Handbook, and 2011 Alumni Michael Weitzner and Beth Kempner

Four years later, Encore Fellows are building capacity at nonprofits in New York, Washington DC, the Greater Boston area, Central Florida, and soon, Cleveland, Ohio.  Strategic support for the expansion was provided by the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and the Robin Hood Foundation.

Encore Fellows are successful, skilled, experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers in the for-profit sector looking to make a significant impact in social-purpose organizations. The Fellow typically works 12 months, half-time in an embedded role, although the work schedule is flexible and established based on the mutual agreement between the fellow and work host.  Given a limited number of Fellowships available and the large number of applicants, the application and selection process is competitive for both Fellow and Work Host applicants.

While earning a stipend, Encore Fellows provide a high value-to-cost ratio for work hosts by bringing experienced, affordable talent to a specific assignment matched to the fellow’s skills and interests. Their deep and broad skills can be deployed in many ways, and their value frequently goes beyond the specific work assignment. Many become role models for other staff members and evolve into executive coaches and mentors in the organization. Their background and years of experience bring analytical thinking and maturity that strengthen their work host’s ability to reach a new level of performance. Nonprofits apply by invitation from the program’s foundation and corporate sponsors or Encore.org.

New York / Washington D.C. Application Process

Fellow applications are taken year-round, and the matching process is on a rolling horizon.  However, there are generally two peak periods (spring and fall) where most fellows start their fellowship and join the cohort.  For information about programs outside of New York and Washington DC, please consult our Program Directory.

  • New York and DC Fellow candidates can submit online application and resume to be considered for opportunities in those two metropolitan areas (if you are interested in locations other than these, please follow the application links on our program home page).
  • Encore.org staff screen and interview candidates where there is a potential fit. Due to the high number of applications and limited fellowship opportunities, it is a selective process.  Not all applicants will be contacted; however, your application will be kept on file for future opportunities.
  • Work hosts are also invited to submit their own online application and one or more fellowship position descriptions.
  • Work hosts interview fellow candidates who have been screened and vetted by the Encore.org program staff.
  • All matches are based on a mutual match decision, finalized by the local program director.

Fellows

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Work Hosts

Begin the application process to host an Encore Fellow in your organization.

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Encore Fellows Videos

Watch Encore Fellows, nonprofit directors and program sponsors talk about the Encore Fellows program.

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What do Encore Fellows do?

New York 2013 Fellows Cohort

Making the transition to an encore career in the social-purpose sector can be a significant undertaking. Fellowships provide a valuable bridge where participants learn about nonprofits, foundations and social institutions while making significant contributions using the skills and knowledge they already have. The fellowship experience also offers opportunities to establish personal networks in the new sector and to learn firsthand about job and career options.

Encore Fellows bring a wide variety of highly transferable skills that can have a huge impact in the organizations that host them. Typical functional backgrounds for fellows and the project areas they relate to include:

  • Marketing/communications, brand management, messaging and public relations
  • Information technology, most aspects of hardware, software and cloud computing technology planning, implementation and maintenance
  • Human resources policies, systems and structures, staff development and coaching
  • Legal issues, such as structure, contracts, tax, employment and intellectual property
  • Financial management, including accounting, business processes, budgeting, forecasting, and cost modeling
  • Sales/business development, policies and strategies, fundraising initiatives and target donor identification
  • Strategic planning, scaling initiatives, partnerships, deployment and board recruitment
  • Operations and performance management planning, coordination and analysis
  • Project/program management for change initiatives, a new venture or expansion
  • Technical specialists in specific skill areas such as engineering and statistics
  • Facilities and Construction Management including design and project management, facility maintenance and administration
New York 2012 Fellows cohort

A partial list of organizations hosting Encore Fellows in our program:

100K in 10 ASHOKA, DC Center for Employment Opportunities, NY Community Environmental Center, NY Community Resource Exchange, NY The Eagle Academy Foundation, NY Ed Fuel, DC Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., NY Friends of the Children NY, NY Good Shepherd Services, NY Grameen America, NY Green City Force, NY Immigrant Justice Corps, NY Literacy Inc, NY

New York 2011 Fellows Cohort

Meet the New York Encore Fellows

Annette Orenstein

The Achievement Network, Boston, MA
Encore Fellow 2014

Annette Orenstein is an Encore Fellow at The Achievement Network (ANet), which partners with communities in underserved districts to improve student performance. Encouraging a culture of strong standards-based and data-driven teaching has helped ANet-affiliated schools outperform their peers. Drawing upon her extensive background in strategic planning and marketing for companies such as HBO and Showtime, Annette is developing a unified brand and communications strategy for ANet, a partner in the 100Kin10 network.

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Karen Harris

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, New York City, NY
Encore Fellow 2014

Karen Harris brings over 25 years of experience in investment banking with Dillon Read, Merrill Lynch and UBS. During her 2014 Encore Fellowship, she is working with Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center in Strategic Planning, Funding Alternatives and Philanthropy. Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center provides comprehensive, integrated, interdisciplinary primary care, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, social services, dental, vision and health education to young people aged 10 to 22.

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John Spellman

New York Women's Foundation, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

John Spellman is an experienced financial analyst with management background in the financial services industry, including roles with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., Moody ‘s Investors Service, and MetLife. John’s Encore Fellowship was as the Chief Financial Officer at The New York Women ‘s Foundation The New York Women’s Foundation, an organization that leverages human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls.

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Julia Shin

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Julia Shin has been involved in the capital markets for over 15 years, first as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and then as a banker at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. She applied her structuring and legal expertise to an Encore Fellowship at Enterprise Community Partners, as part of the national Innovation team working on Social Impact Investing strategy and implementation. Julia is now a vice president at Enterprise Community Partners.

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Susan Paul

BronxWorks, Bronx, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Susan Paul brings over 20 years of experience in financial services and risk management to her fellowship at BronxWorks. A former Vice President at Goldman Sachs, Susan is an analytical and strategic thinker who designs and implements risk assessment programs, develops practical solutions to improve internal controls, and creates efficient and effective processes. Susan leverages her risk management expertise to develop a Risk Assessment and Quality Control Program to support BronxWorks in its mission to help individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being.

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Peter Miller

New York City Housing Authority, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Peter Miller completed his 2013 Encore Fellowship in strategy development and implementation for the New York City Housing Authority. He structured a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation to institutionalize public/private partnership and fundraising capacity. Miller brings 30 years of diverse experience in government and nonprofit programs, including his own planning consulting practice working with nonprofit and government clients such as the NY Metropolitan Chapter of the American Planning Association and India House Foundation. Peter worked for 25 years in strategic planning and finance for the Port Authority of NY & NJ and in real estate and economic development for the City of New York.

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Sandy Lynch

Literacy, Inc., New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Sandy Lynch has over 25 years of management experience in financial services, most recently as a Chief of Staff and Vice President at Goldman Sachs. She also spent several years volunteering with various NGO ‘s in Cape Town, South Africa with a focus on education, entrepreneurship, and economic development. In her Encore Fellowship at Literacy, Inc. (LINC), a non-profit focused on developing literacy rich neighborhoods in the five boroughs of New York City in order to enhance the reading skills of children from K-2nd grade, Sandy worked on building infrastructure and measurement tools to position the organization ‘s strategic growth.

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Margaret Linehan

Make the Road New York, Brooklyn, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Margaret Linehan brings 25 years of experience in finance, managing restructures, integrating systems and updating processes in numerous banks, including Goldman Sachs, ING and ABN Amro, to her position as a Finance Encore Fellow at Make The Road NY. Margaret analyzed and documented the organization’s current processes, procedures, and systems with the intent to provide a clear understanding of the interconnectedness of people and functions and to make recommendations for a sustainable future. Make The Road NY is dedicated to improving life for Latino and working class communities.

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Clare Hare

Neighborhood Trust, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Clare Hare spent the last 10 years as an entrepreneur operating her own women ‘s resortwear company, Clare Hare Darien. Prior to that, she spent time at McKinsey & Co. and Goldman Sachs. Clare brought her knowledge of finance, strategy and marketing to NYC-based Neighborhood Trust. In her Encore Fellowship, Clare created and sold an “Employer Solution” prospectus, enabling Neighborhood Trust to successfully fundraise start-up and operating funds for this workplace-based social venture to bank the working poor.

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Benedict Gedaminski

Good Shepherd Services, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Benedict Gedaminski is a 2013-2014 New York Encore Fellow at Good Shepherd Services, where he is the Evaluation and Technology Planning Fellow. Benedict enjoyed a 32-year career in Information Technology in the Financial Services sector. Good Shepherd is a leading youth development, education, and family service organization that provides more than 80 programs to over 27,000 participants each year, working in schools and the broader community.

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Donna Garban

Green City Force, Brooklyn, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Donna Garban’s 2013 Encore Fellowship was with Green City Force in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She brings 25 years of municipal bond expertise, management experience and sales development to the Business Development role at GCF. Donna helped GCF find fee- for-service work in the environmental field for their corps members, all of whom come from public housing. Prior to her fellowship Garban worked as a municipal bond specialist at Green Coast Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs.

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Joanne Dillon

Community Resource Exchange, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Joanne Dillon was a 2013 Encore Fellow at Community Resource Exchange(CRE). Joanne has more than 30 years of experience in senior marketing, communications and sales support roles for leading financial services firms. Most recently, Joanne was with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. In her fellowship assignment with CRE, Joanne expanded its marketing, communications and social media strategies to increase awareness of CRE as a critical capacity-building partner for New York-based nonprofits.

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Pat Cadogan

Highbridge Community Life Center, Bronx, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Pat Cadogan brings more than 20 years of financial experience in both the for profit and not for profit sectors in the areas of contracts, budgeting, accounting and financial analysis. She is leveraging these skills and experience in her Encore Fellowship as the Financial Manager at Highbridge Community Life Center, in New York. Highbridge focuses on connections, resources, empowerment, and community – all the ingredients necessary to break the cycle of poverty, build assets and bridge the way to a better life for families.

Gregg Broome

Single Stop USA, Inc., New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Gregg Broome has worked in the field of human resources for more than 30 years and brings a broad, deep range of skills and experiences to his Encore Fellowship in New York City. Gregg was acting Chief Human Resources Officer at Single Stop USA , where he helped build the next level of HR infrastructure for this national organization. he is now Vice President of Human Resources at Single Stop. Single Stop’s mission is focused on transforming the economic mobility model.

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Amy Brenna

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, New York City, NY
Encore Fellow 2013

Amy Brenna brings 25 years of deep and broad experience in marketing and advertising, digital and social marketing, data analytics, and operations and management from working at American Express, Comcast Cable, Ogilvy & Mather, and mcgarrybowen and her own consulting company. Additionally, she has developed well regarded capacity building workshops taught primarily at educational institutions and nonprofits. Amy was an Encore Fellow at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, helping them with branding, marketing, business partnerships, and strategic planning. Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center delivers comprehensive, integrated medical and mental health services and prevention education to young people aged 10 to 22.

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Gloria Talamas

Family Center, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2012

Gloria Talamas was a Fellow at The Family Center. The Family Center ‘s mission is to strengthen families affected by crisis, illness or loss to create a more secure present and future for their children. Gloria brings more than 20 years of experience in managing educational programs in the financial services industry, most recently with SIFMA, a not-for- profit trade association, and its Foundation for Investor Education that serves students in grades 4-12. Her experience in program management and delivery and in managing conferences and events helped in her role as Relocation Manager at The Family Center. She oversaw the agency’s move to a larger space to provide more services for more families.

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Ann Short

Grameen America, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2012

Ann Short was COO of Unitus Capital, a financial advisory firm specializing in arranging capital for microfinance institutions and other social businesses benefiting those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Previously, she was divisional COO at Bank of America Securities, an EVP at FINRA, and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, where she worked for 18 years. Her fellowship as VP of Administration at Grameen America focused on building the next generation of policies, practices, procedures and systems integral to their national expansion. Grameen America is a microfinance nonprofit organization providing affordable financial services to low-income entrepreneurs in the United States. Ann is now Finance Director at Green City Force.

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Ruth Sarlin

New York Women's Foundation, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2012

Ruth Sarlin served her fellowship as VP of Communications at The New York Women’s Foundation, where she focused on the development, integration and implementation of the strategic communications platform and the alignment of all messaging and branding across all media platforms. She is a senior communications executive with a proven track record in creating powerful brands in television and publishing for such companies as Nickelodeon, and Rodale. Most recently, she served as Director of Development and Marketing for Shine Global, a non-profit media organization producing documentary films that seek to end the abuse and exploitation of children by raising awareness and inspiring social and political change.

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Christine Ratnam

Turnaround for Children, Inc, New York City, NY
Encore Fellow 2012

Christine Ratnam has more than 28 years experience in the public, for profit and non-profit sectors. A specialist in organizational development and human capital management, she also has expertise in strategic planning, organizational effectiveness and metrics, internal communications and governance, and extensive experience in management across a wide breadth of global geographies, constituencies, strategic situations and operating environments. Christine’s fellowship atTurnaround for Children focuses on building a Talent Management and Human Resources platform to facilitate the next stage of strategic organizational growth and expansion. Turnaround for Children strives to fulfill the promise of public education by helping high-poverty, low-performing public schools create positive learning environments that foster healthy intellectual, social, and emotional growth in every student.

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Wendy Paris

Sustainable South Bronx, Bronx, NY
Encore Fellow 2012

Wendy Paris spent more than 20 years working as an author and journalist for local and national newspapers, magazines and Internet sites, including The New York Times. She has also worked as a TV and radio reporter and producer. Her fellowship was the Director of Communications for Sustainable South Bronx. SSBX offers green-collar job training and placement for residents of all five boroughs of New York City, community greening programs, and environmental education.

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Kate Felsen

Turnaround for Children, Inc, New York City, NY
Encore Fellow 2012

Kate Felsen brought 20 years of experience as a leading journalist for ABC News to her Encore Fellowship with Turnaround for Children, where she is now VP for Communications. As Foreign Editor for ABC News’ flagship evening broadcast, Felsen worked closely with Diane Sawyer, Charles Gibson, Bob Woodruff and Peter Jennings covering breaking and feature stories across the globe, garnering 11 Emmy Awards along the way. She is happy to support Turnaround’s vital work in schools serving children living in poverty to help them become safer, healthier, successful learning environments.

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Deborah Dinkelacker

Community Resource Exchange, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2012

Deborah Dinkelacker has 30 years of management experience in leadership roles in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, most recently as President of Volunteer Match and Chief Operating Officer at the Medicare Rights Center. In her Encore Fellowship at the Community Resource Exchange (CRE), a non-profit consulting firm that works with community-based, social justice-oriented nonprofits in the five boroughs of New York City, Deborah leveraged her background in marketing and strategic planning. She is driving the development of CRE’s marketing, communications, and brand strategies, and training staff in effective approaches to business development.

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Mojdeh Barros

Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC
Encore Fellow 2012

Mojdeh Barros has over 20 years of experience in increasing market share and revenues through high performance strategic alliances and partnerships in the high technology industry. Her fellowship assignment in Washington DC was with Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and strives to be the foremost advocate for the ocean. Her assignment was to enhance successful implementation of newly launched strategic programs as well as define a well-structured alliance program for each initiative. During her fellowship Ocean Conservancy hired Mojdeh as an interim Program Director.

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Lynda Zakrzewski

Community Environmental Center, NY, NY
Encore Fellow 2011

Lynda Zakrzewski ‘s corporate experience included 24 years with AT&T _ beginning in Bell Laboratories Systems Engineering and culminating with executive leadership positions in worldwide product and operations units. Combining a solid understanding of technology with a keen instinct regarding profitability and efficiency triggers, Lynda has also expanded her knowledge into the effective use of social media. Lynda brought this breadth of experience to her 2011 fellowship with Community Environmental Center, the largest not-for-profit energy conservation organization in New York State, where she worked on business development and strategic planning. The CEO of CEC is Richard Cherry, a former Purpose Prize winner.

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Michael Weitzner

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2011

Michael Weitzner has been involved in the capital markets for 25 years. Most recently he was a Partner and Head of Public Capital Markets at The Dellacorte Group. In addition to other investment firms, he spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs in the Equity Division. Michael relied on his deep knowledge of and experience with capital markets in his Capital Innovation Fellowship at Enterprise Community Partners. He was part of the National Innovations team working on structuring new products to fund affordable homes for low and moderate income people in diverse, thriving communities. After his fellowship, Michael continued to work in the social purpose sector.

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Susan Waters

The Eagle Academy Foundation, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2011

Susan Waters spent more than 20 years at Goldman Sachs in market risk management for the firm and its Asset Management Division. She leveraged her financial expertise and project management experience at her 2011 fellowship with the Eagle Academy Foundation. Waters enhanced the foundation ‘s financial management infrastructure to augment its development and expansion initiatives. The foundation empowers at-risk inner city young men by providing quality education resources and community-based initiatives. Waters continues to work for Eagle Academy Foundation following her Fellowship.

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Dennis Powell

ASHOKA, Arlington, VA
Encore Fellow 2011

Dennis Powell was an Encore Fellow with Ashoka’s United States Program, primarily focused on media and strategic communications. After 30 years in broadcast news covering a wide variety of topics including the first Gulf War, 9/11, homeland security, Hurricane Katrina and the U.S. Supreme Court, Powell decided to leave the business he loved in search of a new career. He has been recognized for his work at ABC News by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences with two Emmy awards, by the University of Georgia with a George Foster Peabody Award and by the White House News Photographers Association. Ashoka is a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs, individuals with innovative and practical ideas for improving the world’s most urgent social problems.

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John Murray

Neighborhood Trust, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2011

In 2011-2012 John Murray worked with Credit Where Credit Is Due (CWCID), a microfinance organization in upper Manhattan. CWCID helps low-income households gain financial stability through its highly regarded financial literacy training program. Murray provided critical data analysis and insights which enabled CWCID to begin offering its program through private employers, so that it can reach a greater number of low-wage workers. Murray brought more than 25 years of Wall Street experience to his assignment, including senior investment management positions at Goldman Sachs and CS First Boston.

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Beth Kempner

Center for Employment Opportunities, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2011

Beth Kempner was a Senior Vice President at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising and has more than 20 years of marketing, media and advertising experience. Her expertise in media management and negotiations was helpful in her Fellowship as the Senior Public Affairs Fellow at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) in New York City. The center is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. Kempner accepted a role as the Director of Public Affairs at CEO upon completing her Fellowship.

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Jack Kelly

New York City Housing Authority, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2011

Kelly spent 30 years in the Global Investment Research Department at Goldman Sachs where he was co-head of the Industrials research team. His fellowship assignment with the New York City Housing Authority called on his deep analytical skills, focusing on improving the materials and services procurement process. The housing authority provides decent and affordable housing safe living environments for low- and moderate-income residents (approximately 650,000 New York City residents) throughout the five boroughs. Kelly continued to consult with NYCHA following his Fellowship.

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Louisa Hellegers

Center for Employment Opportunities, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2011

Louisa Hellegers brought four decades of experience as an editor and publisher with several global publishing firms, most recently with Cambridge University Press. Hellegers relied on her corporate and nonprofit leadership, strategic planning and organizational development background in her 2011 fellowship with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), which is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. She helped implement the center ‘s Human Capital Plan to maximize the potential of their middle management teams and to support the ongoing development of the leadership capacity within the New York-based organization. Hellegers was subsequently hired by CEO as its Organizational Development Director and is now the Encore Fellows Program Director in New York.

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Joan Glatman

Women In Need, Inc, New York, NY
Encore Fellow 2011

Joan Glatman spent 21 years at Pfizer in various manufacturing and management positions. She completed her 2011 fellowship in New York with Women in Need, an organization that provides comprehensive services including: transitional family shelters, permanent supportive housing and substance abuse treatment centers. Glatman ‘s assignment was to institutionalize and reinforce the “WIN Leadership and Management Series” training and provide individual coaching focused on critical management and leadership attributes and skills development

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