Curriculum will offer resources and skills development to assist community leaders
Submitted by Fifth Third Bancorp
CINCINNATI July 28, 2022 /CSRwire/ – Fifth Third today announced the launch of its Empowering Community Leaders career development growth program. The 18 month-long program will provide resources and training to nonprofit leaders across Fifth Third’s 11-state footprint. The program is jointly funded by the Fifth Third Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.
“At Fifth Third, we know empowered and equipped nonprofit organizations are not only more successful, but they are also exponentially more effective in transforming their communities and making an impact,” said Stefanie Steward-Young, Fifth Third’s chief social responsibility officer. “That’s why we created Empowering Community Leaders. Through comprehensive capacity building programs, tailored to nonprofit organizations, community leaders will gain the resources and skills necessary to grow their knowledge and their impact.”
Empowering Community Leaders is designed to offer critical lessons in leadership development, technical skills and specialized certifications that will provide participants with the access to resources and knowledge that is necessary to enhance the impact that their organizations are able to have in the communities they serve.
“The Fifth Third Foundation is dedicated to strengthening our communities,” said Heidi B. Jark, managing director of The Foundation Office. “The funding in these grants equips community and nonprofit leaders and their leadership creates positive and long-lasting impacts that ultimately provide opportunities for neighborhoods, cities and entire regions.”
Fifth Third is partnering with several organizations to provide the following training and expertise to the program’s participants, free of charge to those who were selected to enroll:
“We are pleased to part of the Empowering Community Leaders (ECL) program,” said Melvin Smith, Ph.D., professor and faculty director of executive education, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. “The content participants will receive on leading with emotional intelligence, as well as the 360-degree feedback and executive coaching will hopefully be a valuable component of the learning experience. I look forward to working with Fifth Third on this significant development opportunity for community leaders.”
One of the 25 selected leaders who will participate in the program is CEO, National Executive Director and Founder of Family Mankind A.W. Burgess. “I am beyond excited and humbled to be one of very few individuals and organizations chosen to participate in (this) exceptional program,” said Burgess. “These are rare opportunities for any business or community leader to have and I am humbled yet excited about the wealth of information that will increase my business capacity, leadership skill sets and intellectual properties that will be beneficial to all the stakeholders we serve throughout the United States and beyond our borders."
In addition to Burgess, the following leaders have been selected for the program:
Accounting Aid Society
Austin Coming Together (ACT)
Black Leaders Detroit
Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp.
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP)
Collective Empowerment Group
Paul Booth Jr.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Family Scholar House
Grace Place for Children & Families
Gray Matter Experience
Greater Cincinnati MicroEnterprise Initiative
Historic West End Partners
Charlotte, North Carolina
Martindale Brightwood Community Development Corporation (MBCDC)
Michigan Women Forward
Northwest Side Housing Center
James Rudyk Jr.
Osborn Business Association & Osborn Neighborhood
Charlotte, North Carolina and
Quad Communities Development Corporation, NFP
Transformation Life Center
Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio
Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County
U SNAP BAC Nonprofit Housing Corp
To learn more about Empowering Community Leaders, please visit 53.com/EmpoweringCommunity.
About the Fifth Third Foundation
Established in 1948, the Fifth Third Foundation was one of the first charitable foundations created by a financial institution. The Fifth Third Foundation supports worthy causes in the areas of health and human services, education, community development and the arts in the states where Fifth Third Bank operates.
About Fifth Third
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, National Association, a federally chartered institution. As of June 30, 2022, the Company had $207 billion in assets and operates 1,080 full-service Banking Centers, and 2,153 Fifth Third branded ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to approximately 56,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2022, had $512 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $54 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.”
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