Martha Farewell, Aspire of WNY EVP of Clinical Services, Graduates from the NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation’s Executive Leadership Series

Albany, NY – March 28, 2024 – Yesterday, 29 individuals from not-for-profit provider agencies completed a year-long training program to develop leaders in New York’s disabilities sector. The graduates celebrated their successful completion of coursework at a luncheon held in their honor at the Polish American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension in Albany. The NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation’s (NY Alliance) Executive Leadership Development Series (ELDS) was established to support an organization’s critical need for new, emerging, and diverse executive leaders by developing an awareness of their style of leadership and an understanding of how to apply assorted styles and tools to support professional growth within all levels of the organization. 
The 29 individuals participating in the ELDS represented the following agencies: East End Disability Associates (Riverhead, NY), Catholic Charities of Broome County (Binghamton, NY), Schenectady ARC (Schenectady, NY), Center for Family Support (New York, NY), Lifetime Assistance (Rochester, NY), Cardinal Hayes Home for Children (Millbrook, NY), AHRC Suffolk (Bohemia, NY), AccessCNY (Syracuse, NY), Aspire of WNY (Getzville, NY), Exceptional Family Resources (EFR) (Syracuse, NY), Services for the Underserved (S:US) (Bronx, NY), Yedei Chesed (Chestnut Ridge, NY), New Horizons Resources (Pleasant Valley, NY), HeartShare Human Services (Brooklyn, NY), Another Step, Inc.(New City, NY), Suburban Adult Services (Elma, NY), Advocates Incorporated (Liverpool, NY), Arc Mid-Hudson (Kingston, NY), Heritage Christian Services (Rochester, NY), Goodwill Industries of Greater NY & Northern NJ (New York, NY), Ability Beyond (Carmel, NY), ACHIEVE (Vestal, NY), People, Inc. (Williamsville, NY). 

The ELDS was conducted over one year and included a coordinated sequence of courses, reading materials, and discussion groups led by industry and educational leaders that encouraged professional growth. The curriculum includes classes on Essential Leadership Practices, Building the Foundation for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, Governance and Advocacy, Ethics and Organizational Culture, Financial Management, Risk and Resilience, Emotional Intelligence, and 4 other courses, as well as 4 electives. The 2024-25 ELDS is set to begin in Spring 2024, and NY Alliance will begin accepting applications on March 29th. To learn more about the ELDS, visit the NY Alliance website.

Congratulations to Martha! We appreciate your dedication to the individuals supported by Aspire of WNY and across NYS and beyond.