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Learn. Connect. Lead.

Building and sustaining great organizations requires compassionate, connected and competent leadership. Leaders who are committed to these qualities and embrace learning and growth create great teams. Great teams give organizations
the capacity to achieve their mission.

"When you stop learning, you stop growing."
- Ken Blanchard

CVNL’s L & L Programs:

We are committed to supporting leaders and their teams with world-class programs. We offer a robust menu of opportunities, online and face to face, to challenge leaders and managers with new ideas, support learning and growth, and honor experience.

1. Deliver high quality, relevant and impactful learning opportunities with local and regional experts;

2. Use the knowledge in the room, encourage peer learning and facilitate active learning;

3. Develop critical leadership competencies and skills that can be applied immediately; and

4. Provide leadership coaching to support development.

Meet our Director,
Melissa Hersh

Melissa Hersh is dedicated and committed to creating powerful learning experiences for leaders. She is a convener/facilitator, presenter and certified leadership coach (ACC.) Melissa has seen first-hand the positive impact authentic and connected leadership brings to people, organizations and the communities they serve.

Prior to joining CVNL, Melissa was director of professional and executive development at a nonprofit college, and head of workforce development at the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in Vermont. She is a connector and builds relationships with nonprofit executives, business leaders, educators, and government officials.

Community service holds a special place in Melissa’s heart. She has served on many nonprofit boards including the United Way of Northwest Vermont, Vermont Works for Women, and as a Governor’s appointee on the State Workforce Development Board. She is also privileged to be a mentor to three amazing young women, supporting them through their college experiences and first professional jobs.

Originally from New York City and Vermont, Melissa will be moving to Marin County this summer. She is a graduate of New York University, Antioch University New England Graduate School, and Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. In her free time, you can find Melissa reading (usually leadership books), at an outdoor concert, or taking walks with her Black and Tan, Hudson.





Meet our Program Coordinator, May Congdon

May was born and raised in Marin County, and grew up involved with local nonprofit organizations as a volunteer and program participant. During her 8th through 12th grade years, she served as a volunteer tutor with Bridge the Gap College Prep in Marin City, and was nominated for CVNL’s Heart of Marin Award in 2012. She is thrilled to join CVNL as a staff member to give back and become more involved with local nonprofit programming and community-building.

May graduated from Williams College with a BA in Women’s Studies in 2017. After returning to the Bay Area, she gained experience in public health as a medical assistant and health educator, and deepened her involvement with local nonprofit organizations as a volunteer, fundraising assistant, and board member with YES! (Yes to Consent). May advanced her skills in project management, financial analysis, and administration via online courses and independent projects. She brings these skills and a passion for constant growth and discovery with her to the Membership Engagement & Program Coordinator position at CVNL.




CVNL May Congdon

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Are you looking for more fundraising support? Want to enroll in a different kind of boot camp or training? Complete our interest form by clicking below, and we will get back to you with more information as we develop new learning opportunities.