Striking the Leadership Balance - Event Details

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Striking the Leadership Balance

September 24, 2018
2 pm Eastern, 1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific

Every program walks a fine line in allocating the right amount of time and resources to developing leadership skills in participants versus strengthening community resources and organizations. In this session, learn and share lessons about the choices programs have made and the tools they use to invest in participant growth and development.


Kathryn Henderson

Kathryn Henderson

Director of Civic Engagement, YW Boston / Lead Boston
Kathryn Henderson

Kathryn Henderson Details

Kathryn Henderson joined YW Boston as Community Outreach Coordinator in 2009, with more than 10 years of non-profit program management experience.
In 2012, she was promoted to Director of Civic Engagement and currently oversees the organization’s portfolio of civic engagement and anti-racism programs, including Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity, Youth/Police Dialogues, Stand Against Racism, and LeadBoston. Kathryn is responsible for managing the human and financial resources for these programs as well as providing direction for curriculum development, evaluation and volunteer training.
Prior to her tenure at YW Boston, Kathryn was national programs manager for Reach Out and Read, an acclaimed youth literacy program. She has also worked with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.
Kathryn has also served as an adjunct professor at Tufts University and Bay State College and serves as a committee chair of Walk Boston. She holds a bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree from Springfield College. A certified facilitator through the Interaction Institute for Social Change, Kathryn is a 2011 graduate of LeadBoston.

Phyllis Gaerte

Phyllis Gaerte

Leadership Allegany
Phyllis Gaerte

Phyllis Gaerte Details

In her 30 years of employment at Houghton College in western NY, Phyllis Gaerte has worked in auxiliary services and administration.  She currently serves as the Alumni and Community Engagement Director, acting as principal administrator of alumni affairs, community outreach, public events and hospitality at the college.  Phyllis’ external relations responsibilities often place her as the primary connection between the college and the broader community -- coordinating engagement, collaboration and service.  She is actively involved in area organizations and serves on a number of boards.  Phyllis has served as co- chair of Leadership Allegany, a position that has given her the chance to build relationships with numerous neighbors in local businesses, non-profit organizations, and government.  More recently, her love for her rural community has resulted in her leadership of a local economic development and community revitalization group.