Community Food Systems Mentorship Application Now Open through Dec. 29th

The Wallace Center’s Food System Leadership Network is excited to announce that the application for the Spring 2020 round of the Community Food Systems Mentorship Program is now open through December 29th!  
We are partnering with ten fabulous, nationally respected mentors with a wide range of expertise and experience – from Community Engagement, to Visioning, to Anti-Racist Initiatives – who will work directly with food systems leaders over the course of four months to support their continued growth and development as a leader.  
 Spring 2020 Mentor Cohort: 

  • A-dae Romero-Briones, JD, LLM (Cochiti/Kiowa), Director of Programs – Native Food and Agriculture Initiative, First Nations Development Institute 
  • Angel Mendez, Executive Director, Red Tomato 
  • Anupama Joshi, Executive Director, Blue Sky Funders Forum 
  • Jean Chorazyczewski, Program Director, Fair Food Network 
  • Karen A. Spiller, Principal, KAS Consulting  
  • Malik Yakini, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.
  • Miles Gordon, Founder, the Gardens Project, and Principal, Kitchen Table Consulting 
  • Neelam Sharma, Executive Director, Community Services Unlimited Inc.
  • Paula Daniels, Co-Founder, Center for Good Food Purchasing 
  • Rich Pirog, Director, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems 
 Previous mentees have reported very positive and transformational experiences as a result of their participation in the program:  
“My mentor asked thought-provoking questions that helped me discover my values, beliefs, and priorities without ever pushing ideas on me. This program has been incredibly instrumental in helping me shift to the next stage of my career and dive deeper into local and global food systems work.” – Spring 2018 mentee 
Click here to learn more about the Mentorship Program.  
As a mentee, you’ll receive expert guidance and support in a range of non-profit leadership capacities and food systems topics.  Examples of topics past mentees have discussed with mentors include: 
  • Organizational Leadership: Mission, vision and strategic planning, organizational strategy and priorities, adapting to organizational and structural changes, navigating staff transitions, succession planning, leveraging partnerships for impact, board engagement, financial planning; 
  • Personal leadership: Recognizing personal core competencies, navigating organizational politics, career planning, professional development planning, building a support network, balance between community work and self-care, systems thinking approach;  
  • Racial equity: Applying a racial equity lens within organizations, aligning values with funding sources, race and power dynamics in food systems work, implementation strategies for realizing equity; 
  • Technical areas: Community engagement, marketing and promotion, coalition building, urban farming, non-asset based distribution, food business and social enterprise operations, supply chain management. 
  The Wallace Center will be hosting an informational call on Wednesday, December 18th from 3:00-3:30 CT for those interested in applying. Please register here if you would like to attend. Applications close December 29th, and the mentorship will occur from February 10 – June 15, 2019. 
If you’re an emerging or existing leader of a non-profit, community-based organization working on food systems change, please visit our website to learn more about this Mentorship Program, the  nationally renowned and experienced cohort of mentors, and to see what past mentees had to say about the program. 
The Community Food Systems Mentorship Program is one of the core services offered by the Food Systems Leadership Network, is a national peer learning community that connects current and emerging leaders, strengthens individual and collective leadership capacity, and fosters collaboration across communities. The FSLN is the Wallace Center’s newest innovation for supporting and building the capacity of the individuals and organizations that are transforming the food system within their communities across the country, please visit the FSLN website to learn more.   
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