Fifth Third Announces Second Cohort of Empowering Community Leaders
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Fifth Third Announces Second Cohort of Empowering Community Leaders





Fifth Third Bank announced the second cohort of its Empowering Community Leaders (ECL) program, designed to develop nonprofit leaders in its service areas. The 18-month program, jointly funded by Fifth Third Foundation and Fifth Third, provides resources and training in leadership development, technical skills and specialized certifications. Participants include leaders from organizations such as AQUME Foundation, Avondale Development and Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley. Training partners include Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education and Resilia. The program supports nonprofit growth, more effective community programs and job creation.









CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Fifth Third today announced the second cohort of its Empowering Community Leaders career development program, designed to foster the next generation of nonprofit leaders in the communities the Bank serves.

Fifth Third Announces Second Cohort of Empowering Community Leaders (Photo: Business Wire)

Fifth Third Announces Second Cohort of Empowering Community Leaders (Photo: Business Wire)

“When nonprofits have the resources they need to succeed, the benefits become exponential,” said Kala Gibson, director of corporate responsibility. “That means more effective programs that better serve the community, which leads to greater success, greater demand and the ability to hire and onboard more new employees.”

The Empowering Community Leaders program was launched in 2022 to provide resources and training to nonprofit leaders throughout Fifth Third’s footprint. Each leader is nominated to participate in the 18-month program by Fifth Third’s Community Impact Managers.

Jointly funded by the Fifth Third Foundation and Fifth Third, ECL provides nonprofit leaders with leadership development courses, technical skills, and specialized certifications that provide access to the resources and knowledge needed to achieve great community outcomes.

“The Fifth Third Foundation is dedicated to strengthening our communities,” said Heidi B. Jark, CEO of the Fifth Third Foundation. “This program equips community and nonprofit leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to create lasting, positive impacts and open doors to opportunity.”

The ECL program provides nonprofit leaders with access to training and development through several national organizations:

  • Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education: Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

  • Grow America (formerly the National Development Council): Rental housing development certification.

  • Resilia: capacity building program for non-profit associations

Members of the 2024-25 cohort of Empowering Community Leaders include:

AQUME Foundation

Ciarra Adkins

President

Wyoming, Michigan

Avondale Development Corporation

Russell Hairston

Executive Director

Cincinnati, Ohio

BUILD Institute

Regina Ann Campbell

President and CEO

Detroit, Michigan

Charlotte Area Fund, Inc.

Nicholas Wharton

President and CEO

Charlotte, North Carolina

Children’s reception society Florida

Andry Sweet

President and CEO

Orlando, Florida

City of Dayton – Human Relations Council

Lamonte Hall, Jr.

Executive Director

Dayton, Ohio

Community Development Society TampaInc.

Ernest Coney, Jr.

CEO

Tampa, Florida

Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley

LaVar Glover

Director of West Campus Operations

Dayton, Ohio

Grove Park Foundation

Gavin McGuire

Executive Director

Atlanta, Georgia

Hammond Development Corporation/HDC

Jennifer Bussey

Executive Director

Hammond, Indiana

HOPE Toledo

John Jones

President and CEO

Toledo, Ohio

IMPACT Community Action

Robert “Bo” Chilton

CEO

Columbus, Ohio

Neighborhood Health Care Inc. dba Neighborhood Family Practice

Domonic Hopson

President and CEO

Cleveland, Ohio

ProsperUs Detroit

Paul Jones

CEO

Detroit, Michigan

REBOUND, Inc.

Kevin Dunlap

President and CEO

Louisville, Kentucky

Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH)

Joseph Lopez

Executive Director/CEO

Chicago, Illinois

The Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio

Christie Kuhns

President and CEO

Cincinnati, Ohio

Urban League of Broward County

Courtnee Biscardi

Executive Vice President

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Urban League of Greater Atlanta

Nancy Flake Johnson

President and CEO

Atlanta, Georgia

United Way of Greater Nashville

Erica Mitchell

Executive Vice President, Community Impact Officer

Nashville, Tennessee

Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation

Samantha Miller

Executive Director

Cincinnati, Ohio

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Guillermo Cisneros

President and CEO

Grand Rapids, Michigan

West Side Community Land Trust

Charis Blackmon

Executive Director

Charlotte, North Carolina

Work credit

Morgan Spears

Community Engagement Manager

Chicago, Illinois

YWCA of South Florida, Inc.

Kerry-Ann Royes

President and CEO

Miami, Florida

To learn more about empowering community leaders, please visit 53.com/EmpoweringCommunity.

About the Fifth Third Foundation

Established in 1948, the Fifth Third Foundation is one of the first charitable foundations established by a financial institution. The Fifth Third Foundation supports worthy causes in health and human services, education, community development and the arts in states where Fifth Third Bank operates.

About Fifth Third

Fifth Third is a bank with as much innovation as it has history. Since 1858, we have helped individuals, families, businesses and communities thrive through intelligent financial services that improve lives. Our list of firsts is long and continues to grow as we explore the intersection of technology-driven innovation, dedicated people and purposeful community impact. Fifth Third is one of the few banks delivering intelligent financial services that improve lives. WEAustralian-based banks named among world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere® For many years, we have been committed to taking care of our customers, our employees, our communities and our shareholders. Our goal is not only to be the best-performing regional bank in the country, but also to be the bank that people value and trust the most.

Fifth Third Bank, National Association is a federally chartered institution. Fifth Third Bancorp is the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank and its common stock is traded on NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB”. Investor information and press releases can be found at www.53.com. Deposit and credit products provided by Fifth Third Bank, National Association. Member FDIC.

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FAQ



What is Fifth Third’s Empowering Community Leaders program?

Fifth Third’s Empowering Community Leaders (ECL) program is an 18-month initiative launched in 2022 to develop nonprofit leaders with resources and training in leadership, technical skills, and certifications.


How long is the Empowering Community Leaders program?

The Empowering Community Leaders (ECL) program lasts 18 months.


Who funds the Empowering Community Leaders program?

The Empowering Community Leaders program is jointly funded by the Fifth Third Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.


Which organizations are part of the 2024-25 cohort of Empowering Community Leaders?

The 2024-25 cohort includes AQUME Foundation, Avondale Development, Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley and others.


Which training partners are involved in Fifth Third’s Empowering Community Leaders program?

The program’s training partners include Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, Grow America and Resilia.


What is the goal of Fifth Third’s Empowering Community Leaders program?

The goal is to equip nonprofit leaders with skills and knowledge to create positive, lasting community impacts and improve program effectiveness.


When did Fifth Third’s Empowering Community Leaders program launch?

The Empowering Community Leaders program was launched in 2022.


What are the benefits of the Empowering Community Leaders program?

The program provides leadership development, technical skills training, specialized certifications and access to vital resources for nonprofit leaders.


Can you name some leaders from the 2024-25 cohort of Empowering Community Leaders?

Leaders include Ciarra Adkins of the AQUME Foundation, Russell Hairston of Avondale Development and LaVar Glover of Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley.


How does Fifth Third’s Empowering Community Leaders program support community growth?

The program supports community growth by improving the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, leading to better services, increased demand and job creation.