Building Blocks to make your not-for-profit organization
Local couple offers guidance and training
By Wendy Post
After many years of developing results-based approaches to a broad range
of issue areas that include local government, solid waste management, justice
system planning, community festivals, university-based community development,
and many others, Eric Lerner, Ph.D., has decided to branch out and assist
organizations in developing a road to success. Working side-by-side with
his wife Susan, the experienced couple are developing and implementing
workshops tailored to meet the needs of various types of organizations.
Their most recent offering is a broad menu of workshops for board members
and staff in community organizations. These workshops focus on effective
leadership, participatory project planning, organizational transitions,
and many other creative tools that can be utilized to help your organization
succeed. Cornell Cooperative Extension in Owego has recently sponsored
a series of these workshops, which are especially useful to smaller community
organizations and not-for-profit groups that are trying to maximize their
board and member capacity.
Susan Lerner (right) teaches Team Building to Irene
From 1996 to the summer of 2000, Eric Lerner created and coordinated
community development training programs at Cornell University for leaders
across New York and the nation. "Iím especially interested in smooth organizational
transitions and creating participatory, low-cost ways for community organizations
to succeed," said Eric. Susan has been in private practice as a therapist
and counselor for many years. This experience, combined with Ericís leadership
and organizational expertise, creates a workshop and training environment
that focuses on not only the structural and procedural aspects of business,
but the interpersonal aspects as well. The Lerners are available to meet
with you for a free consultation and to swap ideas about what type of training
might benefit your organization. Their services range from board and staff
training to executive coaching. For a listing of the workshops offered,
or to find out more you can visit their website at home.twcny.rr.com/ericlerner/
call them at 607-273-1154.
From Tioga Pennysaver, June 2001.
Reproduced by permission of Times Shamrock Weekly Group.
Eric Lerner, Ph.D.
Community & Organizational Development
504 South Plain Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Page updated September 11, 2001