Allentown, Pa., January 31, 2022—The Council on Foundations (COF) today announced Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, as one of 51 philanthropy professionals chosen for participation in Career Pathways, a leadership development program designed to diversify the talent pipeline for executive-level roles in philanthropy. In this highly selective program, mid- to senior-level professionals from diverse backgrounds enhance their leadership skills, expand networks, and build their field-level expertise to advance equity and strengthen the philanthropic sector’s impact. The members of the spring and fall classes will represent the tenth and eleventh cohorts in the program’s history.
“This opportunity will allow me to learn from and connect to my peers around the country who are in similar roles in how we collectively address the challenges facing philanthropy as we look toward the future,” said Megan Briggs. “I look forward to representing the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in collaborating with national peers, especially during this specific moment where the industry is focusing on philanthropy’s role in centering equity and working to address issues exacerbated by COVID, all while a new generation of philanthropists is emerging.”
In addition to the core functions of the program, this year’s cohort will gain skills to lead in a remote environment, authentically connect to their leadership vision and values, and uncover solutions to advance equity in the sector. Upon completing the program, participants will join the dynamic network of Career Pathways alumni leaders making strides in philanthropy. “I am hopeful that this program will provide a way for a diverse set of philanthropic leaders to build important relationships as we continue to navigate the challenges and successes together,” Briggs added.
“I am full of hope and excitement to see the impact of our 2022 Career Pathways on their organizations and the field of philanthropy at large,” said Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “I believe the contributions made by these changemakers will be significant to our sector and applaud each of the new participants for their choice to step forward in service of trust-building and equity.”
The Career Pathways program is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Walmart Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The Council on Foundations fosters an environment where philanthropy can thrive and cultivates a community of diverse and skilled philanthropic professionals and organizations who lead with integrity, serve as ethical stewards, and advocate for progress. Learn more at cof.org.