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The Leadership Initiative is an inter-agency mentoring program of the Providers' Council that aims to grow the future leaders of the human services sector and to help address the leadership vacuum that will form as many baby boomers retire over the coming years. Applications are are always being accepted for both mentors and mentees.

 For more information, please email Amanda McCarthy.

Click here to download the mentor application.

Click here to download the mentee application.

Program Goals:

  • Cultivate the leadership skills and enhance the professional development of future leaders of the human services sector.
  • Retain the best talent within the sector.
  • Create a collaborative environment among member agencies that allows for the sharing of resources, ideas, and knowledge about the sector.

Program Description:

This program is open to employees of Providers’ Council member agencies.  Mentees are employees with supervisory responsibilities that would like to grow within their organizations. Mentors are senior management level professionals who have knowledge and expertise to share with an emerging leader.

Mentees will be matched with mentors from an agency other than their own based on their professional development goals. Each mentor/mentee pair will meet regularly for a one year period. This will include one hour long meetings at least once a month, with at least 6 of the meetings occurring in person.


The Leadership Initiative accepts applications on an ongoing, rolling basis. Mentees and mentors are paired as we receive applications and can apply at any time. The pairs will connect monthly over the span of a year.

Who are the mentees?

Mentees are employees with supervisory responsibilities that would like to grow within their organizations. Learn more about how to apply as a mentee.

Who are the mentors?

Mentors are senior management-level professionals who would like to empower an emerging leader in the sector by sharing their knowledge and experience.  To grow our network of possible mentors, going forward we will be gathering as many potential mentors as possible so that we can be sure each pair is a match both career goal wise as well as geographically.  The Providers' Council would like to increase the amount of mentors in this pool substantially to ensure we can make the relationship between mentors and mentees as valuable as possible.  Learn more about how to apply as a mentor.

Watch The Leadership Initiative video to hear from past program participants.

To distribute this information to your staff, you can download the Program Description.

Interested in participating in this program in the future? Please contact Amanda McCarthy at 617.428.3637 x128.

Other resources for emerging leaders: Strengths and Leadership Style Assessment

DISC Profile: Leadership Style

StrengthsFinder: Discover Your Strengths