The North STAR Center for Professional Development provides professional development programming that maximizes limited resources, with a focus on building the capacity of individuals and organizations. We invite you to learn more.

We believe that all organizations deserve to have access to professional development opportunities that build knowledge, skills, and abilities, irrespective of their access to resources. Our fundamental commitment is to support the continuous building of individual and organizational capacity, strengthening their ability to better serve communities.

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Strengthen

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Transform

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Agile

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Relevant

Strengthen and transform individuals and organizations,
through training and education, to be
agile and relevant.

Our

Approach

Our approach to professional development programing is centered around where YOU are. Our programming supports development at the cross section between the lifecycle stage of an individual or an organization and the specific areas of capacity development needed.

We do this through in-person, hybrid, and virtual programming that is delivered synchronously and asynchronously year-round.

Serving:

  • Individuals investing in their own capacity building
  • Organizations investing in their capacity building

Who are:

  • Consumers attending North STAR Programming
  • Developers are organizations who contract for delivery of internal co-created programming
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Our

Core
Beliefs

  • We believe in meeting individuals and organizations where they are at
  • Individual and organizational capacity building is foundational to a thriving community
  • The individual or organization is a co-creator and active participant throughout
  • We seek to understand and support (through programming) where individuals and organizations are in their lifecycle
  • We believe in supportively challenging each other with a focus on individual and organizational growth

Our

History

United Way of Northern New York’s Education and Training center started in January 2020 providing professional development programming that maximized the limited resources of organizations within our communities, specifically focusing on nonprofits within the North Country.

The North Country Center of Nonprofit Excellence (NCCNE) was conceptualized and planned in 2019, and began operations in January 2020. With the Northern New York Community Foundation (NNYCF) as its key partner, the NCCNE offered professional education in courses that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of nonprofits throughout Northern New York. In the spring of 2020, the North Country Council of Social Agencies joined the NCCNE as a curriculum advisory committee, which strengthened the syllabus to meet the needs of the nonprofit community.

The mission of the NCCNE was to create a professional nonprofit community in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties that maximizes limited resources to most effectively and efficiently serve the community through the education and utilization of best practices, collaboration, and specialized training.

Meet the North STAR Team

Meet the North STAR Team-Tanya Eastman

Before joining United Way of Northern New York as Director of Education & Training, Dr. Eastman spent 9 years as the Director of Operations at On Point for College and 3 years as the Business Manager at Bousquet Holstein PLLC, in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Eastman started her career at Merrill Lynch & Co., Manhattan, NY, where she was employed for over 10 years. When she left Manhattan, she was a Vice President in the Investor Client Coverage Group.

Dr. Eastman received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College and her Masters of Business Administration degree in Strategy and Management from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She completed her doctoral studies in the Ed.D. Program in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher in 2018.

Meet the North STAR Team-Kaitlyn Giles

Mrs. Giles is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. She has been with the United Way of NNY for 2 years and now serves as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Education and Training. A native of Oklahoma, Kaitlyn moved to the North Country with her husband, an Officer in the Army. In their free time they enjoy exploring the greater North Country area, snowboarding, cooking and spending time with their dog, Stella.