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Putting Competency Models to Work

November 15 @ 1:00 pm2:30 pm EST

Putting Competency Models to Work

We’re online! This training will be presented online through Zoom. All registrants will receive the access link and password via email before the event.

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 facilitated by Leslie Starsoneck, 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 about how he’s using it in his work with a coaching client in his rural North Carolina philanthropy consulting practice.


Price: $60 (free for current GVSU students/staff/faculty)
Deadline to Register:  November 12

Photo of Allent Smart
Allen Smart, M.P.H., is the founder of PhilanthropywoRx 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: Leslie Starsoneck
Leslie Starsoneck, M.S.W., is the director of Learning Services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. In this role, she oversees the center’s educational and professional development offerings for foundation and nonprofit practitioners. Previously, Leslie provided consulting services to a wide variety of nonprofits, foundations, and for government agencies focusing on the assessment and enhancement of organizational and system strengths. Learn more about Leslie.

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.


November 15
1:00 pm–2:30 pm EST
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