April 12, 2024

In this episode, you’ll gain important insights into current issues in the nonprofit workforce, and how professional development is evolving in our sector, particularly but not exclusively as it relates to leaders and workers of color. Our guest is Yolanda Coentro of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, one of the fastest-growing and most exciting professional development providers for nonprofits. Founded in 2007, the Institute now offers a portfolio of programs that serve nonprofit leaders from early-career all the way through the executive level.


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Leadership Learning Series from Institute for Nonprofit Practice

 -- Caste: Exposing America's Invisible Scaffolding with Isabel Wilkerson on Leadership Learning Series (April 18)

-- The State of Wellbeing in the Social Sector on Leadership Learning Series (webinar recording and resource listing)

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"The Crisis in Nonprofit Leadership" by Barry Dym and Alan Solomont in The Boston Globe

Guest Bio:

Yolanda Coentro is the President and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP), working to equip social impact leaders across the country with the skills, resources, networks, and confidence they need to boldly advance their organizations and missions, creating a more equitable future for all.

Under Yolanda’s leadership, INP has expanded its nationally-recognized leadership development programs and alumni network, and launched new initiatives including the Black Leadership Institute (BLI) – a national leadership development fellowship – substantially increasing program impacts focused on building social sector effectiveness and promoting racial and gender equity.

Named to The NonProfit Times’ “Power & Influence Top 50,” The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “15 More People Changing the Nonprofit World,” and the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50 Movement Makers,” Yolanda is the recipient of the 2021 SCI Idealist Award, the Moakley Public Service Award, and the Barr Fellowship. In 2023, she was named CVS Health’s Female Leader of the Year.

Yolanda has consulted with nonprofits and companies across sectors to advance organizational change and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives. Prior to being named President and CEO of INP in 2016, Yolanda held leadership roles at distinguished organizations within the greater Boston area, including The Home for Little Wanderers, YWCA Boston, and Horizons for Homeless Children.

A nationally and locally recognized social impact leader, Yolanda serves as an advisory board member of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the Center for State Policy Analysis. She currently serves as an ambassador for the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project. Yolanda is also active on the Eastern Bank Board of Ambassadors and as a LEAP Ambassador, previously holding seats on the board of The BASE, Silver Lining Mentoring, and Independent Sector’s Public Policy Committee.

Yolanda is a proud alum of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and a graduate of Boston College where she earned a BA and an MSW.

Season 6 is sponsored by Loftis Partners. They've launched the Pay Equity Collective, a peer learning experience that provides capacity building, strategic resources, and a supportive community for nonprofits seeking pathways to pay equity. Visit payequitycollective.com to learn more! Loftis Partners – Empowering organizations and advancing equity, one collective step at a time!