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National leadership innovation board meets with Initiative staff, board and partners

January 21, 2013 – Members of The Center for Leadership Innovation (TCLI) board of directors from around the country and staff from the nonprofit’s Maryland headquarters convened at the N.C. Community Development Initiative in Raleigh Jan. 17-18 for a two-day board meeting.

Their agenda included discussions with Initiative staff, board members and partners on issues of leadership innovation and expanding economic opportunity.

“I’m energized by listening to smart people from all over the country who figure out how to solve problems and advance human and social interests every single day,” said Initiative CEO Abdul Rasheed, who has served as board member, trainer and innovation partner for TCLI.

The two organizations share a common vision of expanding the capacity of nonprofit organizations to serve their communities and improve the quality of life and opportunity for all Americans, he said.

Formed in 1981 as Development Training Institute, TCLI forges relationships between the public and private sectors to support those engaged in community development and community building. The organizations changed its name in 2009 to reflect its impact as a catalyst for innovative change at the community level in the United States and beyond.

TCLI’s programs have touched 17,000 urban and rural leaders who are achieving community-driven social change. The organization is dedicated to building a movement of diverse leaders and organizations that understand and are grounded in the communities they serve. More than 77 percent of its graduates are people of color or women.

For more information on TCLI’s programs and services, visit

The N.C. Community Development Initiative leads North Carolina’s collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities. For more information, visit



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