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Riordan Leadership Institute Class 52 Graduates


On Saturday, Aug. 22, SCLN’s nonprofit board training program, Riordan Leadership Institute (RLI), graduated Class 52! Through RLI, the 37 leaders provided critical assistance to strengthen nonprofits that are serving communities in dire need of services. Their projects included designing strategic plans, developing financial literacy programs, creating board recruitment strategies and orientations, and many more.

Read the testimonials"

 “I am so glad that I participated in RLI. The experience has exceeded my expectations. Not only have I developed new skills and knowledge in the nonprofit space, but I've also had an opportunity to refine my leadership abilities and expand my network. My project experience with the nonprofit I was paired with has been a wonderful learning experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work closely with this nonprofit and I've learned so much about how an exceptional board can make a huge impact. One of the biggest takeaways for me is understanding that nonprofits not only better the lives of those they serve directly, but their missions also contribute to advancing communities and society overall. It's a powerful sector to be part of and I'm looking forward to continuing my involvement.”


“The most inspiring part of my experience with RLI was my classmates and RLI leaders. It is so encouraging to know there are others who want to make a positive impact in the lives of others. While our organizations have different goals, they all fundamentally drive to empower and care for others. RLI helped me changed my scarcity mindset to think bigger with a long-term focus for [my nonprofit] rather than solely addressing current basic organizational needs.”
Chris Buege, Capital Group


“While I had some nonprofit board experience prior to RLI, I greatly appreciated the formal training and structure that the Fellowship provided. With a crash course in adaptive leadership and problem-solving, RLI should be a required curriculum for all new/aspiring board members. Not only do I now feel better equipped to effectively serve my organization but also prepared to help us weather change and unexpected challenges. Additionally, the opportunity to see how another nonprofit operates broadened my understanding of how board members can be engaged and more fully utilized. Overall, RLI’s community – from the fellows and the staff to the lecturers and nonprofit partners – all made this a worthwhile experience with lasting knowledge and relationships.”


“My experience with RLI has been simply amazing. I joined the program to learn about nonprofit organizations and educate myself in order to be a better board member for the organizations that I have been serving. However, RLI became more than just an educational program for me. RLI became a great networking opportunity, an amazing resource throughout Los Angeles, and a second family for me.”
Crist Malekyan, MUFG



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