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Franklin Templeton Launches Nonprofit Board Leadership Program

Employees share their nonprofit board experience in a panel discussion

Franklin Templeton Launches Nonprofit Board Leadership Program

Employees share their nonprofit board experience in a panel discussion

Published 10-28-22

Submitted by Franklin Templeton

Nonprofit Board Leadership Panelists

The Global Citizenship Team at Franklin Templeton has recently launched the firm’s first Nonprofit Board Leadership Program in the US to connect interested Franklin Templeton employees with nonprofit board service opportunities in their communities and provide resources and trainings for effective nonprofit board leadership.

Franklin Templeton’s Board Leadership Program (BLP) goals are to provide organization matching, group learning and sharing forums as well as access to nonprofit governance, best practices, literature and resources.

Legg Mason, which Franklin Templeton acquired in 2020, had launched the BLP in 2011 to provide community-minded employees with the opportunity to serve a diverse range of nonprofit boards in the communities where they work and live. Global Citizenship transitioned the program to Franklin Templeton and expanded it to colleagues across the US.

On September 22, together with Business Volunteers Maryland, Izabela Bartkowiak, Global Citizenship Program Manager, hosted a virtual event where Franklin Templeton employees who serve on nonprofit boards shared their experiences as board members and answered questions.

The panel moderated by Julie C. Kernan, President and CEO of Business Volunteers Maryland, a nonprofit organization that strengthens the community by making strategic connections between people, businesses and nonprofits, featured Michelle Davila, Senior Associate General Counsel, Katrina Dudley, SVP, Investment Strategist, Portfolio Manager, Research Analyst, Brian Eakes, SVP, Financial Planning, Analysis and Strategies, Jarret Jessup, Senior Manager, Financial Analysis & Reporting and Dina Ting, Head of Global Index Portfolio Management.

“Serving on a nonprofit board of directors can be an incredibly impactful and rewarding experience. Professionally, individuals are given the opportunity to use their skills and talents, develop leadership skills, and meet a network of people from other employers. Personally, they can contribute to a mission they are passionate about, build knowledge of an issue, and be a part of positive change in the community,” said Bartkowiak.

About Franklin Templeton
Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in over 155 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better outcomes through investment management expertise, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialist investment managers, the company offers boutique specialization on a global scale, bringing extensive capabilities in fixed income, equity, alternatives, and multi-asset solutions. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based company has 75 years of investment experience and approximately $1.3 trillion in assets under management as of September 30, 2022. For more information, please visit

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