Suzanne Leonard is an experienced and perceptive leader and community partner with a demonstrated history of working as a strategic member of an organizational team supporting global and US based teams. Her passion is to help solve problems and to help people achieve their goals and their potential. She has significant experience working in highly complex and matrixed organizations serving as a trusted advisor to senior management by providing strategic direction and helping them be better leaders. Her coaching, influencing and communications skills have enabled her to work across different cultural groups including financial services and consumer package goods to achieve business success.
Brigid Lang, MPA, CFRE, CPC, is a consultant and coach who has worked in nonprofits for more than 25 years, with particular passion for organizational development and fundraising. Recent appointments include Interim Deputy Executive Director at the Human Services Council, Interim Chief Development Officer at Oliver Scholars and Executive Director at Grace Institute, a workforce development program. Brigid has done extensive consulting in fundraising, nonprofit management, C-suite coaching, multiracial/ multicultural team building, diverse board development & governance, and training with an anti-racist lens. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University and B.A. in English from Vassar College.
Brigid’s practice is grounded in the organizing principles of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and focuses on the concentration of power in organizations. Her work includes systems analysis and preparation for change, fundraising, governance, leadership and developing mechanisms for accountability. She is a member of Racial Literacy Groups, the YRM Collective, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and the New York Center for the Study of Groups.
Tara N. Gardner
Tara N. Gardner is an executive leader with expertise in all facets of nonprofit
management, operations, programming, and fundraising. Her work has
consistently focused on leveling the playing field for those living in under-
resourced NYC communities. Through her previous work at the New York City
Mission Society, the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and The Fresh Air
Fund, she has impacted the lives of thousands of children and families. In her
current role as the Executive Director of the Day Care Council of New York,
she brings her experience to NYC’s early childhood education and care
sector. Because her dedication to children and families extends beyond the workplace, she
serves on the following boards of directors: Ice Hockey In Harlem, Friends of St. Charles
Borromeo School, and Delgracia Corp.
Delgracia Sainvil is a contemporary leader who strives to display a strong work ethic, meticulous attention to detail and professional capabilities. She is currently a Posse Scholar at Babson College receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Business with a concentration of finance and legal studies. Delgracia developed a strong passion for public policy and development as Co-founder and Director of Programs and Development of a Non-Profit, DelgraciaCorp, Vice President Of Senator Leroy Comrie Youth Committee, Member of Girls for Gender Equity Young Women’s Advisory Council, and Peer Activist of the YWCA City of New York.
Kaleisha is a young social entrepreneur who sells and uses photography to lift the voices of young adults coping and healing from trauma. Her keen eye in identifying the strengths and beauty of each person in action rewrites the narrative of an invisible and vulnerable population, young adults with children transitioning to independent living. Kaleisha innovatively regenerates socio-economic opportunities using her lived experiences to restore community income and help others use their personal competencies to reach self-sufficiency.