A Profile In Leadership
What does it mean to lead? The term leader is bandied around with such frequency as to dilute its meaning and power.
For the Foundation Center to live up to is aspiration to be transformative within the social sector it must partner with individuals and organizations that live up to the full measure of leadership. In a formal sense we require our leaders to be visionary thinkers with the knowledge and acumen needed to actualize broad strategies. While these characteristics are necessary, they are certainly not sufficient. Leadership also requires nuance, adaptability, and an intuitive sense of how to work effectively with individuals of widely divergent perspectives. In doing so, the necessary level of respect and trust are established from which success is derived.
Enter Deborah Hoover
In keeping with the above, the Foundation Center-Cleveland has the good fortune of having a true leader, in the person of Deborah Hoover, serving as its Advisory Board Chair. Through her foresight and judgment she recognized that in order for our regional board to be truly impactful its members would need not only to be versed in the agency's overarching strategic direction, but also have a conduit for their voices to be heard in shaping how it would be actualized locally. With this as background Ms. Hoover has joined the Foundation Center's national Board of Trustees. In doing so, she will enable two way conversations between Cleveland's regional board and the headquarters in New York. To further strengthen our regional board, Ms. Hoover is spearheading (along with the Foundation Center's Vice President for Social Sector Outreach) an initiative to formulate best practices and communication structures between and among the various regional Foundation Center Advisory Boards. This puts our Board in a position to create local change with national implications and thereby serving to transform the sector.
Ms. Hoover describes her engagement this way:
“My first encounter with the Foundation Center was on a graduate class field trip to Washington, D.C. Even since that visit, I have been a champion of the Center’s resources and its pivotal role in building the capacity of the nonprofit community. I am honored to now serve on the national board and be able to shape the future of the Center’s national and global reach.”
Impacting The Sector Beyond the Foundation Center
Ms. Hoover's respected leadership extends well beyond the Foundation Center. She is the President & CEO of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Additionally, she is the Chair of The Fund for Our Economic Future, serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Western Reserve Academy and is a member of the National Council for the Norman Rockwell Museum.
In recognition of her leadership Ms. Hoover was awarded the 2014 Northeast Ohio EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014.
As always, be focused on knowledge, innovation and impact!
John Patrick Bailey, Ph.D.