In the past few years, WINGS for kids has demonstrated the power of its programs: Children had a 40% higher graduation rate in its first social and emotional skills-focused after-school cohort than a comparison group. Inspired by this success, a board member donated $1 million, the department of Education funded an independent evaluation, and the program has expanded to four regions. And what better evidence of confidence in an organization’s capabilities than funding from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, which provides multi-year capacity building to allow high-performance non-profits to expand effective services to even more youths?
WINGS for kids started out small, like most non-profits, but began to manage performance and grew big, unlike most. CEO Bridget Laird credits disciplined, people-focused management, along with six other pillars of high-performance organizations. In this webinar, you will learn what “disciplined, people-focused management” looks like in practice, including examples of how WINGS managers “walk the walk” every day by:
Be inspired by hearing how the CEO, program managers, and WINGS Leaders (after school teachers) engage in – and experience – “disciplined, people-focused management”. Together, they make sure that every child receives the WINGS experience – exactly as it was designed – every day. Join us to learn how you can apply pillar #2 of the Performance Imperative in your organization.
The webinars in this series can be watched sequentially or independently. Each will be recorded, and the entire series will be available on Social Solutions’ website.
About this Webinar Series
The most successful organizations – those that produce positive client outcomes with consistency – cultivate seven core disciplines. This webinar is the second in a series dedicated to exploring what each of the seven pillars of the Performance Imperative look like in practice.
The Performance Imperative was created by the Leap Ambassadors’ Community, a group of social sector leaders who have joined forces to inspire great organizations for greater societal impact. At Social Solutions, we are proud to provide software which supports high performance and to be part of the movement along with so many of our customers.
Bridget Laird has been with WINGS since 1998. Through the years, Bridget has helped to develop all aspects of the organization, from program/curriculum development to spearheading grant and research applications to growth strategies, replication, and scaling. Since Bridget took over as CEO in 2011, WINGS has expanded to Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC – increasing the number of kids served by 300%. Her oversight ensures fiscal responsibility of a multi-million dollar budget.
Cheryl Hollis joined the WINGS staff in 2003 as a WINGSLeader at Memminger School of Global Studies. In 2010 she returned to her WINGS roots and took on the role of Program Director at James Simons Elementary, a new program for WINGS. In 2012 Cheryl became Senior Program Director of Charleston, and she is now Regional Operations Director for South Carolina.
Ingvild Bjornvold is Director of Strategic Initiatives at Social Solutions. She leads a team which develops pre-configured versions of ETO software and Apricot, designed to support a diverse range of programs in their efforts to manage to outcomes. She has played a leadership role in PerformWell (a partnership with the Urban Institute and Child Trends to provide quality and outcomes measurement tools to nonprofits), and organizes the popular webinars on performance management topics. Prior to joining Social Solutions, Ingvild worked for various nonprofit organizations, including Amnesty International and Asian American LEAD. Ingvild is a member of the Leap Ambassadors’ Community.
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