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New Leaders Council

2017 Institute


January 28-29th, 2017

  • NLC Maine directors Heather Blier and Kyra Walker kicked off the Institute.
  • John Brougher and Heather Grantham Deutsch, National New Leaders Council trainers, spent Saturday and Sunday leading fellows through a workshop in Life Entrepreneurship.
  • Portland City Council member Pious Ali spoke about his work in local politics.
  • Board members Megan and Rebecca kicked off the Mentorship program.
  • Board member Aashley introduced the Capstone project.
  • On Saturday post-Institute, we headed to Rhum for some informal time together.


February 25-26th, 2017

  • Fellows worked in their ELP groups to plan their Capstones.
  • Maine State Legislators Andrew McLean and Ryan Fecteau spoke about their work in state politics.
  • Heather and Kyra led a workshop on Values-Based Communication.
  • Bill Nemitz, columnist for the Portland Press Herald, talked about his work as a journalist.
  • Board members Adam and Harlan kicked off planning for the Fellows Fundraiser.
  • National trainer Melissa Collom led a workshop on public speaking.
  • On Saturday post-Institute, we headed to Stroudwater Distillery for some informal time together.


March 25-26th, 2017

  • Jennifer Cutshall, Chief Advancement Officer of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay led a workshop on non-profit fundraising, major gifts and donor retention.
  • Board member Emily Cramer led a workshop on fundraising through grants.
  • Patrick Roche, owner of Think Tank Coworking, and Lisa Desrosier of Innovative Business Solutions talked about their experiences as entrepreneurs and launching their own businesses.
  • David Sammarco and Benn Marine led a session on Political Fundraising.
  • Harlan, Adam and the Fellows Fundraiser Chairs led some fundraiser planning time.
  • James Jameson led the fellows in a call-time challenge to kick off our fundraising.
  • National trainer Beth Becker led a workshop around how to use digital tools and social media strategically.
  • On Saturday post-Institute, we headed to Bayside Bowl for some informal time together.


April 29-30th, 2017

  • Dr. Anne Hallward, psychiatrist and founder of Safe Space Radio, led a session on vulnerability and difficult conversations.
  • Local advocate Emily Figdor shared about her experience in national politics and how she’s translated that to her advocacy work in Portland.
  • Board member Kyle Bailey led the group through a case study of the Ranked Choice Voting campaign, which he managed. He also shared about his experience managing successful candidate campaigns.
  • Adam Goode, former state legislator and current Legislative and Political Director for the Maine AFL-CIO shared his perspective on the importance of organized Labor in 2017.
  • William Goodspeed, local business leader and mentor with SCORE, led a session on entrepreneurship strategy.
  • Fellows spent more time planning for their capstones and planning for the upcoming fundraiser.
  • On Saturday post-Institute, we headed to Little Tap House for some informal time together.


May 20-21st, 2017 

  • Portland native and social justice advocate Chanel Lewis led us in discussions around race and privilege.
  • Board member Alex facilitated a workshop around leadership and management.
  • Fundraiser chairs led the group in some final fundraiser planning.
  • On Saturday evening, about half of the fellows presented their capstone to the group, their mentors, family and friends, and NLC Maine alumni.
  • The remainder of fellows presented their capstones on Sunday.
  • Kyra and Heather closed out the 2017 Institute (with the exception of our June Fundraiser!)
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