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Senior Peer-to-Peer Network 2017-2019

Thursday, July 20, 2017 to Saturday, July 20, 2019
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Application period is now closed. 

This exciting peer-learning professional development program brings together select senior program staff from SCG member organizations to engage closely with colleagues to discuss and reflect on topics related to leadership development, organizational dynamics, collaborative philanthropic impact, philanthropy trends, and each member’s professional and personal goals.

Participants will convene on a quarterly basis over two years (2017-2019) to:

  • re-invigorate their intellectual and emotional connection to their philanthropic work;
  • engage closely with new colleagues in a forum dedicated to thoughtful reflection and mutual learning on questions central to both work and life;
  • build leadership and management strengths; and
  • develop a more defined life and career trajectory.

We are also thrilled to announce Dr. Peter Long, President and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, as our program facilitator. In his leadership at Blue Shield, Dr. Long helps the Foundation advance its mission to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence.

Past Senior Peer-to-Peer cohorts have been facilitated by Fred Ali, President & CEO of the Weingart Foundation; John Kobara, Executive Vice President & COO at the California Community Foundation; Jim Canales, then President & CEO of The James Irvine Foundation; Claire Peeps, Executive Director of The Durfee Foundation; and Joan Weinstein, Deputy Director of The Getty Foundation.

Facilitator Biography:

Peter Long, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. He leads the Foundation in its mission to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. In 2016, the Foundation provided 422 grants totaling $29.6 million to organizations across California, making it one of the state’s largest grantmaking institutions. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Long served in leadership roles at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and The California Endowment. He has extensive experience working on health policy issues at the state and national levels and has written numerous papers on the topic. Dr. Long also served as the Director of Development and Programs for the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, before assuming his position there as Executive Director. Previously, in Cape Town, South Africa, he was a legislative analyst for the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network during the country’s transition to democracy.

Outside of his role as CEO, Dr. Long is actively involved in multiple healthcare and professional organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Grantmakers in Health and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. In addition, he practices as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University; a master’s in health policy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; and his doctorate in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Meeting Dates:
Participants will convene on a quarterly basis over two years (2017-2019). Please be sure to hold the afternoon of Thursday, July 20 for the first meeting. If selected to participate, you will be notified with additional details.

Subsequent meeting dates, times, and locations for each meeting will be set by participants.

Who Should Participate?
A committee of SCG members will select 10 to 14 senior staff from SCG member organizations for the 2017-2019 cohort. Participants must commit to attend every session.

The ideal participant will bring the following:

  • significant experience as a senior-level leader in program/grantmaking activities, but not yet in the President/CEO/Executive Director position at a grantmaking organization;
  • more than three years in a senior leadership role at one or more grantmaking organizations;
  • demonstrated willingness to engage in a peer network setting, with an expressed interest in learning and sharing openly; and
  • the full support of his/her organization’s leadership and the intention to remain with the organization for the duration of the two-year program.

***Please note that in order to create an environment for open sharing and peer learning, no more than one participant per organization will be selected to participate.***

$1,600 for the two-year program. Selected participants will be invoiced for the full amount.

Registration for this program is now closed.

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