Restoration Staffers Making Moves, September 2020

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Congratulations to Restoration staffers, Stan Lyubarskiy and Yemisi Onayemi, for their acceptance into the Institute of Nonprofit Practice's 2020-2021 Community Fellows Program, and scholarship to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

Stan Lyubarskiy, Director of Quality Assurance at Restoration, has been accepted into the Institute of Nonprofit Practice's 2020-2021 Community Fellows Program. He joins 27 other rising nonprofit leaders in New York City. The competitive program received a record number of applications this year and helps emerging leaders build their leadership and management skills through classes with seasoned practitioners in the field. Additionally, for the first time ever, the Program is able to cover the full tuition for each accepted student due to the generosity of their funders!

The Institute of Nonprofit Practice was created in Boston in 2007 and launched with the Core Certificate Program for executives. In 2012, the Community Fellows Program had its inaugural cohort in Boston and has since spread to other cities such as New York to diversify the pipeline of emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector. Fellows meet three times a month in the year-long program and receive a certificate in Community Leadership and Change upon graduation. The sessions and classes cover a range of topics from power and privilege to community organizing, branding, and fundraising. "I am excited and honored to be a part of such an important program as the nonprofit sector tackles the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID- 19. It is incredible knowing that I will be surrounded by talented peers and experienced professionals who will help me grow as a leader." Stan explains.

Yemisi Onayemi, a new Restoration employee who works as a Data Analyst under the direction of the Director of Quality Assurance, was awarded a scholarship to attend the largest conference for women in Technology, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The scholarship was awarded through a partnership between Apple and Rewriting The Code, another women in tech organization. Yemisi previously applied for last year’s conference but wasn’t chosen. This time around the VP of Rewriting the Code nominated her for the scholarship and she won! Yemisi enthusiastically states, “Persistence sees neither rejection nor competition, it’s not allies with comparison, it sees the goal and forges ahead. Persist.”

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing or GHC conference as it is commonly known, is a five- day annual conference that hosts 30,000+ women from different walks of life in Florida. The 2020 conference will be held virtually in light of the novel coronavirus, and this year will include 250+ speakers with tennis star, Serena Williams, as the opening keynote speaker. The conference promises to provide its attendees with impactful sessions and discussions on topics such as: Data-Driven approach to decision making, How Technology can help amplify underrepresented voices, Strategy and product management in times of crisis, Accelerating Innovation and Scaling to Reach Millions, Exploring Intersectionality Across Dimensions of Race, Gender & Ability, and much more. This conference will be important in helping shape and build the thinking of young technology leaders like Yemisi and equip them with the resources and knowledge to meaningfully impact the vision of their organizations.