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Nonprofit Management Student Selected as a Judith O’Connor Scholar

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Akemi Imai, MA in Nonprofit Management student and President of the Board of Makoto Taiko, has been selected as one of 20 national 2017 Judith O’Connor Scholars. The Judith O’Connor scholarships enable emerging nonprofit leaders to participate in the biennial BoardSource Leadership Forum. The Forum, October 18 – 20, 2017, in Seattle, WA provides the Scholars with opportunities to advance their leadership skills, learn about progressive practices in good governance, and interact with nonprofit sector leaders from across the country.

“I am very honored and excited to receive this scholarship and have the opportunity to participate in the Forum this October,” said Akemi. “Attending this event will strengthen my understanding of nonprofit boards and will greatly complement what I am learning through Antioch’s MA in Nonprofit Management program.”

The conference will count toward Akemi earning her CNP credential. AULA is the only Los Angeles-area University that is a Collegiate Partner of the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Graduates of the MANM program are eligible to become Certified Nonprofit Professionals, and receive the CNP credential, at minimal cost.

The Judith O’Connor Memorial Fund was created to honor the legacy of the late Judith O’Connor, former BoardSource president and chief executive officer. Judy firmly believed that citizens working together to address community issues are the very essence of a vibrant, democratic society.

“We are thrilled to have a wide range of talents and passions reflected in this year’s Scholars,” said Anne Wallestad, BoardSource president and chief executive officer. “This group embodies the very spirit of the scholarship, honors the legacy of Judy, and echoes the theme of BLF 2017 through their bold, dedicated, and deliberate visions for the future of their communities and the sector.”

BoardSource is a leading national provider of resources related to exceptional nonprofit boards. The BoardSource Leadership Forum is the only national conference focused on the impact of nonprofit boards and the unique role they play in advancing the public good. Every other year, approximately 800 nonprofit leaders from around the world gather with an impressive array of experts to discuss the newest thinking and practices in nonprofit governance and solutions to current leadership issues.

Karen Hamilton ’17 (Antioch Los Angeles, MA) is Antioch's Director of Marketing for Content and Communications. She has used her storytelling and copywriting skills for more than twenty years, crafting articles and creating publications. She believes that communication is a powerful driver for social change.


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