As a new Executive Director of an LGBTQ+ youth center, the resources, support, and expertise of CenterLink are all invaluable. In managing my leadership transition and needing to ramp up as quickly as possible to do the critical work, I can not thank Lora, Denise, Julia and the entire staff enough. Take advantage of all they do!! Trainings (ED Bootcamp, Leadership Summit), the online resources, providing consultants, and the personal attention if you just need help - all ah-mazing!
CenterLink provided an awesome planning retreat for my organization. My Board walked away with a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities and I walked away with a realistic short term strategic plan.
I was lucky and happy to attend CenterLink's 2018 Executive Director Boot Camp earlier this year. Throughout four days of intense training, I created deep connections with other ED's of LGBTQ Centers from around the U.S., and came away with a whole notebook full of ideas and brilliant statements made during the training.
Denise, Lora, and everyone at CenterLink were wonderfully warm, welcoming, and willing to share their decades of experience and expertise with those of us newer to the field. The work of CenterLink is critical for our LGBTQ movement.
As the interim Executive Director of an LGBTQ community center located in Upstate New York. I have found CenterLink membership to be a very important asset. The support of the CenterLink staff for me as well as my entire staff has been invaluable to our agency. When our Center is facing an issue, CenterLink is the first resource we reach out to. The staff is quick to respond, always helping us find a solution. Another invaluable resource is having the entire membership on-call via email. When a problem arises, one email reaches the entire membership who quickly offer support.
CenterLink is an amazing organization providing much need services unlike anyone else in the field. We truely wouldn’t be where we are today without their ongoing commitment to our community and support. Youth OUTright WNC will be forever grateful to the staff at CenterLink for all they do!
I had the privilege of beginning my career as an LGBT community center executive. I attended CenterLink's ED Boot Camp which has proved invaluable. The team at CenterLink are a wealth of knowledge. I look forward to a continued partnership. GW, LGBT Center, Orlando
I was lucky enough to be chosen as part of the Executive Director Bootcamp 2018. The experience was amazing. The speakers that Centerlink brought in were all top notch. I returned to my organization energized and excited. The amount of information was overwhelming at times but the experience was beyond my wildest expectations.
Lora, Denise and Julia did a fantastic job of organizing the whole event. From the moment I arrived until we left 4 days later everything was perfectly thought out and executed.
We are so glad that we contacted CenterLink when our Pride Center was looking for a consultant to help with our strategic planning retreat. It was fantastic to work with someone who was experienced in what we do and who had a frame of reference for what was happening at other Pride Centers. CenterLink was able to provide us with two days of consulting for less than others would have charged us for one. The investment was well worth it and helped our organization carve out priorities and make a usable plan for advancing our organization to the next level.
CenterLink has been a wonderful resource for me personally as a new executive director and for our organization. Their leadership and mentorship has been transformative. Thank you, CenterLink!
Pride Center San Antonio
An amazingly helpful organization, CenterLink helps to connect LGBTQ Centers to help ensure top quality leadership in our Centers around the world.
I absolutely love working with CenterLink. While working at the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), I've had the opportunity to work with the CenterLink team on a number of research reports and they always prove to be thoughtful, hard-working, and gracious research partners. I especially love presenting at the annual CenterLink Leadership Summit - by bringing together the leaders of LGBT centers from across the country, they create a powerful, dynamic energy in the room and it is inspiring to be around so many passionate people in the LGBT movement.
I have been collaborating with CenterLink on a project for almost a year now and have found them to be super helpful, extremely collaborative, easy to work with, and most importantly, keep the big goals front and center - helping LGBT centers help the LGBT community!
HealthLink at CenterLink advanced best and promising practices in tobacco control for LGBTQ individuals in my state by providing technical assistance, on-site cultural competency trainings for hospital systems, and resources for our state Department of Health and Senior Services to disseminate to LPHAs. The team at HealthLink is easy to reach and has great expertise in this area. With the help of HealthLink our midwest state is now taking on tobacco and cancer disparities among LGBTQ citizens.
As an executive director of a southern LGBTQ community center, i have found CenterLink membership to be invaluable. One of the most critical aspects is the support we have from CenterLink staff. Always present, always responsive. Always helpful. Another plus is having the entire membership on-call via email. Facing a problem? Email the membership and ask for thoughtful ideas and you shall receive! The annual leadership conference is also always well worth the investment to attend. The networking alone is worth the trip.
As Board President of an LGBT, I can attest to what an outstanding resource CenterLink is. Our Executive Director and Board members rely on CenterLink as a source of information on current LGBT topics and legislation. The network of centers is enormously helpful as we try to benchmark our own organization to others. Terry Stone, CEO, led a strategic planning workshop for our Board and did a fabulous job. His leadership and direction kept our Board members focused and ultimately resulted in a plan that our center can use to implement tangible improvements over the next three years.
My experience with Centerlink has been invaluable. The resources, expertise and mentorship offered have been the core strength to my organizations development.
I was recently a fortunate participant in their Executive Director Bootcamp. It was truly incomparable and I will be forever grateful for having had the experience.
I was fortunate enough to participate in CenterLink's ED Bootcamp recently and was blown away by the resources, support, and expertise offered by this organization. They provide a very needed and wanted service to LGBTQ+ centers across the country. Their resources are thoroughly vetted and based in best practices and are made easily accessible to utilize by the membership. I highly recommend CenterLink to my friends and colleagues doing LGBTQ+ work across the US.
CenterLink is the one organization investing time, talent and resources in community centers all across North America. The progress made by the LGBTQ movement is owed, in large part, to our friends at CenterLink.
Centerlink has provided us with vital advice on our strategic development and financial planning. I would recommend them to all LGBTQ+ organizations that need guidance to meet our community needs.