Authentic Leadership in Philanthropy 2020


This five-session program prepares philanthropy professionals for leadership as they join a cohort of a dozen peers on a learning journey where they discover their unique individual leadership potential. At the conclusion of the group and individual sessions, they will be better positioned to lead and support the success of their philanthropic organization and will have a network of colleagues to turn to for support and advice on their path to leadership. Participants will:

  • Develop strong, authentic leadership knowledge;
  • Learn how to be conscious and intentional about leading; and
  • Build competencies and practices in key skill areas.


Members: $1,495
Eligible Non-Members: $1,995

Includes two (1-hour) individual coaching sessions.


Philanthropy Ohio
500 S. Front Street, Suite 900
Columbus, OH 43215


March 6, April 24, May 11, June 19 and July 17

Space is limited. One person per organization may register.

Contact Deborah Aubert Thomas at 614-914-2250 or for more information.


OnPointe is passionate about supporting and guiding people on their journey to become the best version of themselves.  From individual coaching to leadership training and strategic planning, OnPointe is committed to providing customized solutions that support individual and organizational transformation.

Michelle Vander Stouw, facilitator, coach, and thought partner, specializes in organizational and leadership development. With over 20 years of experience working in foundation, association, corporate and higher education environments, Michelle brings a broad and unique perspective to her work. Respected by nonprofit and business leaders alike for creating an open and collaborative work environment, she is dedicated to assisting individuals and teams find their voice, ultimately bringing integrity, creativity and optimism to every project.


As President and CEO, Deborah Aubert Thomas brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from over 28 years in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. She is committed to leading and equipping Ohio philanthropy to be effective, powerful change agents in their communities. She previously served as VP, Programs and Learning and provided vision and oversight for all Philanthropy Ohio educational programs. She also has served as director of grants and programs at the Princeton Area Community Foundation and has experience coordinating a diversity internship program for Women & Philanthropy; developing the National Girls Inc. Media Literacy after-school program; and coordinating the Leadership Scholars program at the Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University. Deborah holds a Master of Arts from the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University and a Master of Science from the Milano Graduate School, New School University. She is a Women Unlimited, Inc. LEAD – Women Transitioning from Managing to Leading - Alumnae.



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2016 Cohort reflects on their experiences

As a new employee in the philanthropy space, I enjoyed connecting with peers across the state. I enjoyed the different focus of each session and found that the concepts could be applied to both my professional and personal lives.
Holly Spitz, CFO, Community Foundation of Lorain County

Authentic Leadership in Philanthropy provided me with an opportunity to assess my leadership style, gain insight in ways to more effectively with others and a chance to develop a plan to “stretch” me toward a stronger leadership style. Thanks so very much.
– Diane Ruder, president, Fairfield Community Foundation

The Authentic Leadership in Philanthropy program was one of the most beneficial professional development programs that I have participated in. The content & fieldwork was able to be applied to your current work which make it beneficial rather than feeling like additional work you had to fit in. The interaction with colleagues from around the state was the most beneficial component – the learning and takeaways I received from my peers were extremely valuable.
– Megan Folkerth, program officer, Interact for Health

Learning about myself as a leader was more interesting and fun than I anticipated!
– Chann Fowler-Spellman, trustee, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation

Often I think those in leadership roles think, “why should I do this? I know how to be a leader”. This program will challenge that opinion. It was a great way to look at leadership from a new perspective and gain new personal insight.
– Brian Wagner, CEO, Muskingum County Community Foundation. 

Investing in your staff is one of the greatest ways to show you value their place in your organization. The ALIP program provides knowledge that can only increase the effectiveness and solidarity for your team. I very much appreciate your guidance through these last 6 months and the bonds that were formed in this class. I appreciate the environment that was created especially for people in our positions and the acknowledgement of power and authenticity as factors in our roles as funders.
– Allie Watson, senior community investment officer, Richland County Foundation

Thanks to both leaders for an outstanding leadership program. Your different personalities and styles greatly enhanced learning and sharing and growth toward being a better leader. I feel like the Authentic Leadership in Philanthropy course was extremely valuable as an early career philanthropic professional who aspires to be a leader in the field. The course allowed me to learn about leadership in general, and think about what type of leader I want to be. I would recommend this any philanthropic professional trying to figure out how they can make a difference for their community.
Treye Johnson, program officer, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation