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Putting Competency Models to Work

January 11, 2022 @ 1:00 pm2:30 pm EST

Putting Competency Models to Work

Discover how the Program Officer Competency Model can impact organizational strategy and assist in client coaching!

Since the release of our competency models earlier this year, the feedback from the broader field of philanthropy has been positive. The models have been welcomed as important contributions to the sector and offer promise for diversifying the general philanthropic workforce, including leadership.

After releasing the models and holding conversations about their composition and intent, we often heard this question: “How do we use them?”

This session will highlight the experiences of two leaders who are leveraging the Program Officer Competency Model in their own work.

During this session, you will hear from Punita Dani Thurman about how she’s using the model as a way to inform her organization’s overall strategy at The Skillman Foundation, as well as from Allen Smart, who will talk about how he uses the model in his national consulting practice to help rural-serving funders be more impactful.


Price: $60 (free for current GVSU students/staff/faculty)
Format: Virtual. All registrants will receive the Zoom access link and password via email from Eventbrite two days before the event.
Deadline to Register:  January 7

Photo of Allent Smart
Allen Smart, M.P.H., is the founder of PhilanthropywoRx, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and regularly consults with regional and national foundations on rural and philanthropic strategy. As part of his personal and professional interest in philanthropy, Allen regularly writes for sites such as The Daily Yonder and Inside Philanthropy, as well as presenting to national and regional organizations like Southeastern Council of Foundations, National Rural Assembly, and the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Learn more about Allen.

Photo of Punita Dani Thurman
Punita Dani Thurman, M.B.A., is vice president of program and strategy at The Skillman Foundation, leading strategy and overseeing the execution of the foundation’s programmatic work. Punita approaches education reform from a focus on human capital as a transformation lever. She has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 firms and federal governmental agencies on human capital strategy, change management, and organizational effectiveness. Learn more about Punita.


January 11, 2022
1:00 pm–2:30 pm EST
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