NPL Alumni

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Erica Sokol, MS’16

  • StudentsCare: Founder & CEO

“The NPL program has equipped me with a deep understanding of the nonprofit landscape and the challenges many organizations face today. This knowledge and perspective has been instrumental in developing not only my organization but also myself as a leader. I attribute much of my recent success to the knowledge and community gained from this program.”

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Jay Gilman, MS’16

  • Artistic Director, Minnesota Fringe

“The NPL empowered me to change how I saw and solved problems. As an artist and arts administrator, the program helped me accomplish my goal for a graduate degree – to glean best practices from professors and peers across multiple areas of the nonprofit and social enterprise sector, not just from within the cultural community.”

Jim Schroder, MS’14

  • Head of Program, Spark

“What I appreciated most about the NPL program was the balance of rigorous theory with practical tools I could apply to my work immediately. My colleagues in the program, as well, set a high standard for collective learning, from which I deeply benefited.”

Martha Heuser, MS’13

  • Fundraiser, The Board of Pensions PCUSA

“What I was looking for and found in the Nonprofit Leadership Program was to challenge my thinking and look at the bigger picture. To this day, there are certain concepts and themes that I apply regularly in my professional and personal life. In addition, I greatly valued the diversity and learnings from my classmates, and am excited by these dynamic, emerging thought leaders and what we will achieve together.”

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Samantha Alarie-Leca, MS’13

  • Program Officer, The West Foundation

“The Nonprofit Leadership Program equipped me with a birds-eye view of the nonprofit sector as well as the hands-on skills needed to be an asset for any social change organization. As an NPL student, I also learned to approach collaboration and social change with an abundance rather than scarcity mindset. This lens allows me to think more creatively about how actors and organization across different sectors can come together to generate positive change.”

Erin McGowan, MS’12

  • Associate Director, Wharton Small Business Development Center

“After starting the Nonprofit Leadership program, I was immediately able to apply the theory and concepts to my work. As a part-time student, I was able to meet and work with several cohorts of NPL students who are incredibly creative and innovative thinkers, as well top faculty who are great teachers but also deeply engaged in in the community with a strong commitment to social change.”

Emily R. Sutcliffe, MS’11

  • Assistant Director, Toll Public Interest Center, Penn Law & Doctoral Student at Penn’s Graduate School of Education

“I utilize skills gained in the NPL program on a daily basis – both personally and professionally. The NPL program helped me to access an invaluable and unconventional understanding of action-based leadership. This unique approach to leadership is greatly appreciated in my work place where I am frequently called upon to provide innovative perspectives and counter-hegemonic methods for addressing long-standing challenges.”

Kim Machlup, MS’11

  • Partner at MOV Investimentos

“Through the NPL program, I had the opportunity to bring back to Brazil a much stronger foundation and understanding of the social impact field. The knowledge and inspiration the program gave me has since shaped my thinking and helped me pursue my path. I am very grateful for the experience and for the people I encountered in this journey.”

Jessica (Leavitt) Simon, MS’10

  • US Card Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Capital One

“The NPL Program helped me to interact and lead differently – I now operate from a place of inquiry versus assumption, I do a great deal more listening and I consider myself a lifelong learner. The curriculum infused experiential learning into the core of its programming which helped me to learn by doing – I was able to fail safely, learn from people very different from me and practice leading and learning with humility.”

Jill Helme, MS’08

  • Executive Director, AthFest Educates

“The NPL program gave me the skills, confidence, and connections I needed to be successful in the nonprofit arena. The program’s hands-on, personal approach and access the program’s professors and staff made me feel valued as a student and as a future professional in the nonprofit world.”

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