Nonprofit organization Idealist.org/Action Without Borders and Brandeis and Vanderbilt universities are working together to address the impending leadership gap in the non-profit sector.
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Vanderbilt will host one of Idealist.org’s Graduate Degree Fairs for the Public Good. The fair, which is free and open to the public, is designed to give mid-career, new and aspiring professionals in the nonprofit and public sectors opportunities to meet with representatives from more than 50 public interest-focused graduate school programs.
The fair will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in Ballrooms A and B in Vanderbilt’s Student Life Center located at 310 25th Ave. South. For a list of attending graduate school programs, directions to the event and to pre-register, visit www.idealist.org/gradfairs.
According to the report, “The Nonprofit Sector’s Leadership Deficit,” by the Bridgespan Group, nonprofits will need to attract and develop 640,000 new senior leaders – 2.4 times the number currently employed – by 2016.
Idealist.org/Action Without Borders created its annual series of Graduate Degree Fairs for the Public Good as one solution to the nonprofit sector’s search for leaders. The Nashville fair is sponsored by Brandeis University and supported by the Office of Active Citizenship and Service at Vanderbilt University.
Graduate schools scheduled to be represented at the fair include Brandeis University/The Heller School, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Harvard School of Public Health Admissions Office, Duke University – Nicholas School of the Environmental and Earth Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The fair also includes a Q & A with graduate admissions professionals and a test strategy session presented by Princeton Review.
In their three-year history the graduate degree fairs have attracted more than 12,000 graduate school candidates and more than 400 graduate school programs to 21 fairs throughout the United States.
Founded in New York City in 1995, Idealist.org/Action Without Borders serves as a meeting point for individuals and organizations seeking to improve their communities, whether through promoting volunteerism and nonprofit careers, or by coordinating connections between people that can lead to personal and collective action.
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