Five Good Ideas about putting values at the centre of your leadership
Kofi Hope, Executive Director, CEE
In 2012, Kofi Hope was hired to re-start a failed initiative intended to support economic development for Black youth. Over the next six years, he and his team reconstituted the project as the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals. At the heart of the initiative was a focus on reaching youth who could be labelled “hard to serve,” and were facing significant barriers to employment. Within CEE, Kofi and his team built an organizational culture that put meaningful human relationships at the core of all programming. For this Five Good Ideas session, Kofi will draw on his work at CEE, his time as a student activist, and his graduate studies on Canadian non-profits in Africa to provide his views on how to be a values-based leader. He will explore how values are critical to success in social change work, the special role a founder has in developing the culture of a new initiative, and consider the challenge of turning values into daily practice.