The New Ventures in Leadership program is designed to increase the leadership capacity within the field of aging for leaders of color. Joncia Johnson shares her story of success in this AgeBlog post. Don’t miss out on this transformational experience!
2012-2013 NVL Partner Joncia Johnson Shares Her Experience
Over this past year, the New Ventures in Leadership (NVL) program has catapulted my career in the field of aging! I began the program in 2012, at the start of my career; and becoming an NVL Partner helped me build the proper career foundation so I could immediately assume leadership responsibilities within my current agency.
Not only did NVL give me the necessary tools to develop my professional skills, encouraging me to be an innovator in any organization I am with, but it also taught me about current trends in aging, successful workplace conflict resolution, effective communication and how to use “360” approaches to gain respect as a leader. The program’s second-to-none trainings in leadership style, coaching and management strategies develop participants’ skills and abilities so they can be a valuable asset to any employer. And the principles embedded in these trainings apply to all areas of life.
Thanks to the tools the NVL gave me, I now hold the position of director in one of Oklahoma City’s leading and oldest social services nonprofits organizations. I was promoted in the first 100 days of employment, and I know it is because of the guidance I received in the NVL program. Being an NVL Partner was, without a doubt, one of the best things that has happened to me on a personal and a professional level.
Hats off to all the outstanding leaders and directors of the New Ventures in Leadership Program! Because of your dynamic guidance, the NVL Partners’ lives and careers have been forever changed for the better. Thank you for providing such a wonderful leadership opportunity for all minorities in the field of aging—and much needed relief to the aging underserved populations in our country.
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