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Ryan Herringshaw Selected for NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program

Ryan Herringshaw Selected for NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program

NEW ORLEANS, LA —NeighborWorks America is proud to announce that Ryan Herringshaw, Director of Real Estate Development for Providence Community Housing is one of 45 leaders selected for the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, conducted at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, made possible in part by support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, is an 18-month program that provides executives with the skills to advance their organizations’ performance. Each participant identifies and clearly defines a specific challenge critical to their organization’s success then spends the program addressing that challenge.

“The Achieving Excellence program provides high caliber training and peer exchanges to help create a strong organizational framework that will support Providence’s ambitious strategic plan to address the critical need for affordable housing across our region,” said Herringshaw. “It is an honor to be selected to participate in the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program.”

The only comprehensive training of its kind, Achieving Excellence includes three formal sessions at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as one-on-one executive coaching and intensive peer learning.  The program kicked off at Harvard University  in September, and three additional meetings are planned across the country. Between academic sessions, participants will actively work on a clearly-defined goal critical to their organization’s success and will be working closely with their executive coach and peer group.

“The Achieving Excellence Program gives leaders the tools to build stronger organizations—more engaged and results-oriented staff and board members working to increase their impact in the communities they serve,” said Christina Deady, senior director of leadership and workforce development at NeighborWorks America Achieving Excellence has graduated nearly 400 executive directors, CEOs and other senior leaders since the program began in 2002. Independent evaluations have shown astounding results for organizations that have participated in this program.

In an impact evaluation of a recent class of the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program72 percent created positive change in their communities, 77 percent raised staff performance and morale, and 100 percent improved organizational strength and results. For more information about the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, go to

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