“The level of thought and work the team put into developing and delivering the class was clear. Also, the qualifications of the team to speak on these topics was incredibly impressive -- it was never in doubt that you knew your stuff and we were getting the benefit of your real knowledge and experience.”
“I am confident now that I have the tools to navigate upcoming changes as they arise, and that I have a stronger network to help with that navigation.”
“The access to the knowledge, expertise, and advice from the executive leadership at LeaderFit was phenomenal.”
“The entire cohort was such a pleasure to be around each week - the diversity of experience and decades of wisdom combined in that cohort was absolutely refreshing and inspiring.”
“I feel much more confident in my capabilities and previous experience from the public sector going forward as I forge my way into the social sector. I realized I was settling for less than I deserved in applying to some positions just because I did not realize the full potential of my transferable skill sets.”
We believe each of us has a unique purpose, that intersection where our individual passions and skills meet the world’s needs.
Purpose Path is a program to inspire busy professionals to pause, reflect, evaluate, and plan their career path -- one that helps them find and pursue their true purpose. At the core of this program is a supportive community and a structured process for individuals considering their next steps.
As executive recruiters and leadership consultants, we have the privilege of meeting with incredibly talented professionals every day, often when they find themselves at or approaching an important inflection point in their careers.
We’ve noticed a recurring theme. Despite all of their accomplishments and opportunities, they start to question if they are on the right path. This can be challenging, and we’ve found there aren’t many resources readily available to support them. We created Purpose Path to provide a supportive community and structured process to navigate this critical period.
We have developed a curriculum based on our many years of experience working with leading nonprofit organizations and interviewing top talent. This has given us a unique lens and insight into how to most effectively reflect, assess, and plan for your purpose path.
1: Reflect and Assess
Before you can plan ahead, you need to look back and understand where you’ve been. We will facilitate several interactive exercises to help you.
2: Create Your Future
We will begin to look ahead as you develop your personal mission statement and the career pathways that support it. We will help you focus on your unique purpose and what your ideal future will include.
3: Promote Yourself
It's time to put together your package of personal marketing materials (resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, elevator pitch) to help you communicate to the world who you are and what you want.
4: Bring it Home
This is where the rubber meets the road. We will help you to prepare for interviews and negotiations. You will also develop a personal action plan to ensure you are positioned to make your purpose path a reality.
In 2016, the LeaderFit team customized and delivered its PurposePath career coaching program, as adjunct faculty of Georgetown University, to more than 300 White House appointees through the Future44 program.
"I wanted to thank you and your team for the amazing work in organizing and leading these sessions. I've been so thoroughly impressed with your skill, expertise, and grace. I and my colleagues really appreciate it."
“Thank you for such great Future44 sessions. I've found them to be super helpful, inspiring and blissfully structured. I know they've been incredibly motivating, and reassuring, for many of us."
“Thank you endlessly for a beautiful, epic session of purpose path-ing. You and your team gave so much to us all, really grateful.”
“It was very powerful to hear that so many highly accomplished people had similar doubts and questions about their career. Getting feedback from the group was highly beneficial.”
“The content flow, cohort dynamics, and most importantly training facilitation really exceeded my expectations.”
“I am in awe and inspired by the expertise, insight, energy, passion, and time you have put into creating this program, to welcoming and responding to our feedback, and to making sure that it met our needs. I feel so fortunate to have had chance to meet and learn from you.”
“This refreshing, proactive, and bold approach to our careers is exactly what I needed to get "unstuck" and has caused me to see my own career quite differently.”
“I've seen a lot of negotiations scenarios and this was the single most useful one. The scenarios were well-constructed and well-acted, and I found the session really valuable.”
Note: This program is designed to support individuals with a minimum of 10 years of experience. We encourage individuals with 20 or 30+ years of experience to apply as well, and will build cohorts accordingly. We believe significant experience is necessary for participants to reflect on their past experiences for both themselves and their peers.
This first session will focus on identifying your unique strengths and themes from your career path to start to identify what you are most drawn to – and away from – and how your unique skills with that.
Building on the insights gained from session 1, we’ll start to look ahead as you develop your personal vision and mission statement. Through this work you’ll hone in on your unique purpose and what you want that to look like as you move forward on your path.
Having spent some time digging into your unique talents, where you’ve been, and where you’re headed, we’ll start pulling it together so that both you and others can see how all of these pieces connect to create your path
This is your permission to brag. We know it’s both what you say and how you say it. And these days you have to say it in multiple ways. Blog posts, LinkedIn, resumes, coffees, interviews: we’ll discuss multiple components of positioning and branding to be sure you’re saying what you mean to say and the way you mean to say it. This will help to ensure that you and others have the language and tools to help you on your path.
You’ll put together an action plan for the path that’s right for you. That may mean thinking out a year or two or it may mean putting together an immediate search plan and fine turning your resume and interview tips. Wherever you plan to head, this time will be about creating the right plan and connecting to accountability peers to support you (and keep you honest!) along the way.
Throughout this entire path you’ll work as one group, providing feedback and support along the way with your peers. As we wrap up our official time together, we’ll focus on how you want to remain connected as a network and how you can continue to support each other as you move forward not just in a career search, but in your careers.
After receiving your application, we will be in touch within 3-5 business days to follow-up with any questions. A short interview may be required.
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Renee Baiorunos is a Vice President at LeaderFit, where she advises Boards and executive teams of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises in all aspects of human capital strategy, including talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning. She is also responsible for developing new programs designed to attract and support exceptional leadership talent for the sector.
Prior to joining LeaderFit, Renee spent 6 years at Community Wealth Partners, a social sector consulting firm, overseeing client engagements with a core focus on strategy design and implementation and collaboration. Clients included organizations such as KaBOOM!, Aligning Forces for Quality (a Robert Wood Johnson Initiative), Share Our Strength, Higher Achievement, Miriam's Kitchen and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Earlier in her career, Renee consulted with Fortune 500 companies on governance issues prioritized by Boards and activist shareholders to advance governance practices and was with Edelman Public Relations’ Corporate Social Responsibility practice where she focused on building public-private partnerships for clients and developing thought leadership for the practice. Renee currently serves on the Board of Miriam's Kitchen and is a 2015 Presidio Institute Cross Sector Leaders Fellow. Renee recently joined the Presidio Institute Faculty and is leading the course Introduction to Cross Sector Leadership: Building Teams.
She has an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA with honors from the University of Florida.
Sarah Dressel is an Associate at LeaderFit, where she provides support for client engagements, manages LeaderFit’s social media strategy, and ensures LeaderFit’s internal operations run efficiently. Sarah’s previous experience includes research and project planning experience during an internship at The Peace Corps Office of University Programs. She also assisted an anthropologist in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History.
At George Washington University, Sarah was Vice President of Member Development for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity’s DC Alpha Chapter, where she developed a new academic mentorship program and facilitated the academic and personal development programming for 150 members. Sarah has also been involved in serving the refugee community in Columbus, Ohio teaching math and typing skills as well as testing students for placement in an ESL program. Sarah has a BA in Organizational Sciences with a minor in Sociocultural Anthropology from The George Washington University.
Katie McNerney is the founder of LeaderFit, where she advises Boards and executive teams of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises in all aspects of human capital strategy, including talent acquisition, performance evaluation, leadership development, and succession planning. She also provides coaching and guidance to the LeaderFit team to ensure they provide exceptional service and counsel to LeaderFit’s clients. With Annie, Katie manages the firm’s strategy, operations, and administration.
Katie’s previous experience includes managing a B2B marketing program at eBay, advising high net worth individuals on their international philanthropic investments at The Endeavor Group, and leading client engagements for financial services firms at Corporate Executive Board. She also served as the founding CEO of EdFuel, a nonprofit that attracts and trains new talent for leadership roles in the education reform sector.
Katie is a Board member at Fair Chance and the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C. She is a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2014 and volunteers with Girls on the Run of Montgomery County. Katie has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was President of the University’s oldest honorary society.
Annie Linehan Czerwinski is a Partner at LeaderFit, where she advises Boards and executive teams of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises in all aspects of human capital strategy, including talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning. She also provides coaching and guidance to the LeaderFit team to ensure they provide exceptional service and counsel to LeaderFit’s clients. With Katie, Annie manages the firm’s strategy, operations, and administration.
Prior to joining LeaderFit in 2011, Annie was a Program Director at the CityBridge Foundation, where she designed and implemented corporate civic engagement programs for the ServiceCorps practice. Annie started her career with AmeriCorps in Washington, D.C., where she taught nutrition through a program developed by the Capital Area Community Food Bank. At UNICEF Argentina, Annie helped build public private partnerships. Her experience also includes corporate marketing with The Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board.
Annie is Vice Chair of the Board of Higher Achievement, where she also serves as a member of the Governance Committee. She has a MPP from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Shaina Amaya is a Senior Director at LeaderFit, where she advises Boards and executive teams of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises in all aspects of human capital strategy, including talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning.
Shaina joined LeaderFit in 2013, after more than six years at the Endeavor Group, a boutique philanthropy and business consulting firm. As Vice President of Operations, she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s operations, financial management, human capital development and marketing strategies. Earlier in her career, Shaina served as a key member of the marketing and communications team at Unitus, where she worked closely with the organization’s international microfinance partners.
Shaina has a BA from Western Washington University in Spanish and Latin American Studies.