Virtual Synergy Leadership Circles for Emerging Leaders

Designed to help participants increase their leadership capacity in their organizations and the social sector at large. A six-part online coaching program designed to help aspiring leaders develop their leadership capabilities, management skills, and confidence to advance their professional contributions and accelerate their careers.

It's super easy to participate. Once you register, you will get a series of ZOOM invites. The sessions are one hour long and you participate on your personal computer. No need to travel. So whether you are in Bethlehem, PA or Portland, Oregon or Singapore, you can be part of this empowering experience. 

Each Synergy Circle is limited to 8 registrants. The bonus of this type of group coaching is that participants get to learn from others on the same path on their leadership journey. 

Here’s a sampling of the kind of topics we’ll be talking about during our time together:

  • Creating a personal mission statement - what’s your nonprofit brand?
  • Finding balance in this crazy nonprofit universe.
  • Fierce conversations…how to ask for what you need.
  • Moving from a functional expert to organizational leadership.


  • September 26
  • October 10
  • October 24
  • November 7
  • November 21
  • December 5

TIME: 12:30 p.m. from your computer!

COST-$350 per participant


Executive Director Group Coaching

In partnership with the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, Think Good Leadership is pleased to announce a unique engagement experience for Lehigh Valley nonprofit directors...Synergy Group Coaching for Executive Directors.

Let’s face it…leading a nonprofit can feel very lonely. Synergy Leadership Circles for Executive Directors provide leaders with a safe space to:

  • Build relationships with a small peer group 
  • Build leadership capacity
  • Work through the very (I mean VERY) unique challenges of the nonprofit sector
  • Share collective wisdom with other leaders 

We'll create a confidential learning environment where participants build familiarity, comfort, and trust. We'll engage in collective problem solving and discuss best practices for senior leaders. We'll talk about what is working in leadership and what dilemmas remain on-going. Session topics will be generated by group members prior to the first session through a brief online survey and may range from leading boards to how to manage capacity building.

The Nuts and Bolts:

  • Registration is limited to 10 participants.
  • Sessions are bi-weekly and start on Friday, September 28th.
  • Sessions take place at the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley.
  • Program cost for member agency: $350 per leader
  • Program cost for non-member agency: $400 per leader
  • Use of other assessment tools (to be decided by group) not included
  • Checks can be made payable to the Volunteer Center or you can register online and use the payment options provided there.

Session dates:

  • September 28
  • October 12
  • October 26
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 30

Registration is now open and required. For more information on this program please contact Karen Daly Smith at the Volunteer Center



October 10:  Waging Justice: A Doctor's Journey To Speak Truth and Be Bold-7:00 p.m.-Congregation Keneseth Israel-2227 W Chew St, Allentown, PA 18104

In 1980 I left my sheltered community in northern NJ and entered a new "bubble" as a freshman at Muhlenberg College. It was there that I met Paul Zeitz. A funny, smart guy who lived on my floor. 

During our four years, we went in different directions. Paul set off to be a doctor and I set off to be a social worker. 

Because of the power of Facebook, Paul and I reconnected and it turns out our journeys were not so different after all. We both have been spending our lives impacting different corners of the world. 

When I learned that Paul was launching a book this month, I immediately wanted to support his work and his message. 

In partnership with Keneseth Israel, Muhlenberg College and my company, Think Good Leadership, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Zeitz will share his journey with the Lehigh Valley community on October 10th at 7:00 p.m. at Keneseth Isreal. 

Paul will challenge us to truly move into action in our communities so that we can begin to tackle the biggest challenges facing our world today and share his spiritual journey of putting faith into action. 

I hope you will join us and that you will share this invite with others who like us, want to ignite colossal change...You can register on the Think Good Leadership Facebook page or at EVENT REGISTRATION


Catch Mark Aurand and Think Good Leadership at the PANO Conference in October! 

Registration Is Now Open for the 2018 Collaborative Conference Alliance for Nonprofit Resources (ANR), the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP), and the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) are proud to be teaming up again this year to present the 2018 collaborative conference – Inclusion by Design 2.0: Our Collective Mosaic - on October 4 & 5 in State College, PA!

Why should you attend?

1. Vu Le - This year, the conference partners are excited to welcome Vu Le to the stage as our keynote speaker on Thursday, October 4. Vu Le, author of blog Nonprofit AF and Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, will focus his talk on Inclusion, Social Justice, and Unleashing the Full Potential of the Nonprofit Sector.

2. Political Roundup - On Friday, October 5, we welcome Pennsylvania's top political commentators to provide a breakdown of the 2018 midterm elections. Given the social and political tension sweeping our nation since the 2016 election cycle and considering the redrawing of Pennsylvania's U.S. House of Representatives map for 2018, we have assembled a panel of experts to help us untangle the intricacies of this year's general election matchups and the impact these midterm results will have on state and national policymaking.

3. Learn - Choose from 30 workshops that build upon last year's exploration of what inclusion means and why these important concepts are relevant to every organization.

4. Connect with Old Friends and Make New Ones - Network with your nonprofit colleagues and business partners from around the state.

5. Celebrate - Celebrate organizations who have achieved PANO's Standards for Excellence Accreditation and Recognition and those who have regained self-sufficiency with CAAP's SelfSufficiency Awards Ceremony. ANR, CAAP, and PANO invite you to join us for two fast-paced, content-rich days at the 2018 Collaborative Conference! The wait is over - check it out and register today!

6-Oh and of course...Mark and Deb are presenting on Storytelling for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

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