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The Irvine New Leadership Network 

The James Irvine Foundation, in partnership with the Stanislaus Community Foundation, is proud to announce the launch of the Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network, which commenced with its first group of participants on Sept. 22.

The Irvine New Leadership Network is an investment in emerging leaders in Stanislaus County funded by Irvine. Comprised of some of the area’s brightest leaders, the Network will connect these local innovators across sectors and issues and equip them with cutting-edge civic innovation tools to help transform the region in the short- and long-term.

Replicating a similar and successful network in Fresno, the Irvine New Leadership Network will weave together four unique cohorts of dedicated and diverse civic leaders over the next two years, with an intensive training focused on driving dynamic change.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Stanislaus Community Foundation to empower diverse leaders in creating a better future for the region,” said Jessica Kaczmarek, senior program officer.

Stanislaus Community Foundation is the lead local partner for the Irvine New Leadership Network, providing backbone support and a local lens.

“To see this level of investment in our local leaders on the part of The James Irvine Foundation is a game-changer,” said Marian Kaanon, CEO, Stanislaus Community Foundation. “For real change to take root in our region, we have to collaborate in meaningful ways. The Irvine New Leadership Network will not only provide hands-on lessons around civic innovation, it will also connect leaders to each other.”

Each of the Irvine New Leadership cohorts will meet for three-day sessions, three times over the course of six months, with four cohorts completed by 2018. Up to 50 members are expected to participate in the next two years.

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