• LeaderComm

    Fostering Relationships.

    Making Connections.

    Passing on Lessons Learned.

  • About LeaderComm

    LeaderComm was created to help community leaders broker, coordinate, and integrate community resources, based on “The 3 Rs”, Our primary work is to support community and organizational leaders though strategic visioning, knowledge-transfer, personal coaching, training and leadership development. We do this through a small staff, a deep pool of expert consultants and volunteers, and relationships with partner organizations whose programs support the LeaderComm mission.

  • Vision and Mission

    Vision

    Communities across America will have truly integrated and holistic service-delivery systems, meeting critical needs and creating a community of hope and opportunity for all, and replacing the wasteful and silo-driven systems that exist today.

    Mission

    The mission of LeaderComm is to help communities create collaborative, integrated public and private service-delivery systems that address their most pressing needs and generate systemic change.

  • Our Work

    WE HELP COMMUNITY LEADERS CREATE EFFECTIVE ALLIANCES TO ADDRESS PRESSING NEEDS AND FILL CRITICAL SERVICE GAPS. AND WE OFFER A PROVEN MODEL WHERE THEY WOULD BE REWARDED FOR WORKING COLLECTIVELY TO MAKE A GREATER IMPACT.

  • The 3 Rs

    We are a community of veteran and emerging social entrepreneurs. Our founders have pioneered effective community collaborations based on The 3 Rs: Relationships, Routers and Rewards

     

    The 3 Rs guide everything LeaderComm does. It is a proven, winning formula that maximizes resources, reduces waste, makes community organizations and foundations more efficient, and – most importantly – brings services to where they are most needed.

    Relationships

    Programs don’t change anything, only relationships do.

    Routers

    Every community needs a router – someone to locate services and connect them to people in need.

    Rewards

    Systemic change is only possible if funders reward people for working together rather than in competition.

  • THREE TYPES OF ENGAGEMENT

    LeaderComm values relationships above almost all else, with its leaders having nurtured and sustained deep personal and professional relationships over many years and decades. LeaderComm uniquely sees meaningful connections among people, organizations, and events that are not apparent to others. By bringing people and organizations together, their collective and mutually supportive efforts yield results many times greater than if they worked independently. Finally, LeaderComm wants to collect and pass on lessons learned, to help others advance their own missions and avoid unnecessary obstacles they might encounter along the way.

     

    LeaderComm projects fall into three categories, strategic alliances, best-practice partnerships, and community-building, all modeled on the framework of The 3 Rs.

    Strategic Alliance

    A “super-partnership” that leverages the resources of several organizations around a single need or goal; the outcome is an increased capacity of all the partners to do more and better what they already do well. 

    Best-Practice Partnership

    A relationship between two organizations, where each has a proven product or idea that will strengthen the effectiveness of the other. The role of LeaderComm is to broker the relationship, connect the potential partners and use our relationships to create opportunities for the partners to be rewarded for their partnership.

    Community Building

    LeaderComm helps leaders from a specific community to create an integrated service-delivery solution to a particular problem by using the 3 R approach. We help them develop and leverage key relationships (theirs, and those of their constituents, service providers, and the powers-that-be) and broker the resources needed to address the problem. We also help them identify and empower the Router – the person or entity who serves as the central hub, acting on behalf of the whole collaboration, not any single organization. Finally, we help them work toward changing the reward system, so that funders are motivated to support the collaboration as a whole, rather than creating competition among the individual members.

  • Training

    LeaderComm has also developed a comprehensive training program that can be useful to a variety of intended audiences. It includes three distinct courses and a Training Resource Guide for other recommended learning opportunities.

    Orientation to LeaderComm

    The Orientation course consists of four separate modules which, if presented all together, would take about 3 hours. However, the individual modules are also self-contained and free-standing, so each could be presented alone, or in different combinations, depending on the audience and the amount of time available. This training is highly recommended for anyone new to LeaderComm and interested in learning about the organization’s core principles (“The 3 Rs”), unique skillset, and projects. It also presents a foundation for the basic concepts of collective impact.

    Practitioner Training

    This training is for anyone in a community that has shown interest in taking an active role in creating effective, holistic service integration that leads to systemic change. It will ground learners in why silo-driven approaches to social change have failed, and how collective impact can be effective in creating new solutions to existing community needs. Focusing on the LeaderComm Community Engagement Process, this training walks learners through 12 recommended steps to building a collective impact initiative that are a workable framework for local efforts. This training has three modules that can be presented in 1- to 2-hour blocks or all together for approximately 5 hours.

    Router Training

    At the heart of the LeaderComm approach is the critical role of the Community Router, who coordinates all communication and activity within a community-building project. The Router is the link between the expertise and facilitation provided by LeaderComm and a circle of local leaders who have made the commitment to work toward a common vision, a plan and a broader effort to make transformational change in their community. This training is intended for both potential Routers as well as community leaders that have decided that collective impact is the solution to community issues; it lays the groundwork for how the LeaderComm Community Engagement Process, through the work of the Router, turns commitment into actions that lead to meaningful transformational change. This training is provided in a 4-hour block.

    The Training Resource Guide

    This is an online directory of websites, articles, videos, webinars and other trainings offered by proven organizations on a spectrum of topics related to comprehensive community initiatives, collective impact, and individual leadership development. It is constantly being augmented by new findings and best practices, and is available to LeaderComm’s trainees and community partners.

  • LEADERCOMM BOARD MEMBERS

    David Ward

    Chairman

    Chief Operating Officer

    Akkad Capital Partners

    Reid Carpenter

    Vice Chairman

    Founder and former national President of The Leadership Foundations

    Bill Milliken

    President

    Founder and Vice Chairman of Communities In Schools

    Neil Shorthouse

    Secretary

    Founder and former President of Communities In Schools of Georgia

    Reginald Beaty

    Board Member

    President and co-founder of the Foundation for Educational Success

    Reneé Brown

    Board Member

    Chief of Basketball Operations

    Women’s National Basketball Association

    Patrick Grace

    Board Member

    Managing Director of GDP Global Group LLC

    Cynthia Marshall

    Board Member

    Founder and former Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Charlotte

    John Richardson

    Board Member

    Chief Executive Officer of Fairfield-Maxwell Ltd.

  • TRUSTEES COUNCIL

    Michael Castine, Partner, Ridgeway Partners LLC

    Linda Lader, President, The Renaissance Institute

    Brendan MacMillan, Chief Investment Officer, Ocean Road Advisors, Inc.

    Bart McDade, Partner and CEO, River Birch Capital

    Jean Milliken D.Min., Pastoral Counselor and certified Imago therapist

    Rick Rieder, Chief Investment Officer and co-head of the Americas Fund, BlackRock, Inc.

    Trevor Ugolyn, Senior Analyst, Power Play Energy

  • STAFF

    Bill Milliken

    President

    Sally DeLuca

    Jonathan Hayden

  • CONTACT US

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    Third Floor
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    703-875-0765
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