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The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Proudly Welcomes WNBA Legend Lisa Leslie to Rhode Island to Celebrate Its 35th Anniversary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 8, 2013


Cristina Williams, Manager, Communications & Public Relations, RICADV; Phone: 401-467-9940;;;;Twitter @RICADV

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) organizes two-day Leadership Institute to provide tools and strategies to build the capacity of board leaders and their member agencies working in domestic and sexual assault coalitions

The initiative, funded by The Allstate Foundation, is a collaboration between the RICADV, Jane Doe Inc. (The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence), and The Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

[Newport, RI 11/8/2013] Leaders from coalitions in the movement to end domestic violence and sexual assault came together today to attend the 2013 Leadership Institute at the historic Hotel Viking in Newport, RI.

The two-day conference began on Thursday, November 7, 2013 with a welcome reception for coalition executive directors, member agency executive directors and board presidents, and special guests, including members of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Rhode Island Attorney General, Peter F. Kilmartin, welcomed guests and praised leaders for their work and urged them to continue to KNOW MORE and DO MORE in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence.

“The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its member agencies are leaders in educating the public and policymakers on domestic violence issues, and I commend Deborah DeBare and the entire Coalition staff for hosting the Leadership Institute to share best practices that will ultimately impact the work of leaders and their organizations in ending domestic violence,” said Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

Following a breakfast the next day, attendees listened to a Keynote presentation by Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE, Joyaux Associates. Joyaux is also the founder of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island.

Other speakers throughout the day included Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, coalition executive directors, and organizational development professionals.

“The vision for the Institute is that boards of directors will learn strategies to strengthen their ability to lead that will result in vibrant organizations dedicated to ending violence against women,” said Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the RICADV.

The Leadership Institute learning objectives are:

    • To develop a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Boards, and what constitutes an "optimal" Board
    • To build skills for Board members and Executive Directors (ED) to know how to identify warning signs for an agency that is "running amok"; how to assess the issues and take appropriate steps
    • To strengthen Board and ED skills to ensure the health of an organization, including evaluation and "nuts and bolts" types of tools
    • To develop a shared understanding of the strengths of a healthy Coaliton and the role of Coalitions/member agencies in a strong domestic violence/sexual assault movement

Between morning and afternoon workshop sessions, attendees experienced a special performance of the award-winning play about domestic violence, hope and survival, Behind Closed Doors.

For additional information about the Leadership Institute or Behind Closed Doors please contact the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

ABOUT RICADV:The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. The RICADV was formed in 1979 to support and assist the six domestic violence prevention agencies in Rhode Island. The organization also provides leadership to its six member agencies, strives to create justice for victims, and raises awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island.

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RI Leadership Institute 2013 Photos