AANM director selected as NGen Fellow for 2016-17

DEARBORN – Arab American National Museum Director Devon Akmon was named a 2016-17 NGen Fellow for Independent Sector.

Independent Sector is a national membership organization that brings together nonprofits, foundations and corporations to advance the common good. The 12 nationwide charitable-sector leaders aged 40 and under are expected to engage over the next year in a range of activities that deepen individual capabilities, expand collective knowledge and grow professional networks.

The selective fellowship program looks to build the next generation of charitable leaders as part of Independent Sector’s NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now initiative. Through professional and leadership development opportunities, networking and peer support, and connections with established sector leaders, the NGen program empowers next generation leaders to contribute to their organizations and communities.

“I’m very honored to have been selected to join such a talented and accomplished cohort of nonprofit professionals,” Akmon said.

“Our involvement within the fellowship program raises AANM’s presence on a national scale, making more people aware of who we are, what we do and how we do it. This experience allows a space for deep thought and reflection while increasing our ability to create new networks and amplifying the Museum’s voice within the sector.”

Marking its eighth anniversary, the program now partners with the American Express Leadership Academy, an industry-defining program that has developed more than 2,500 global, nonprofit and social-purpose leaders.

Over the course of the course of year, fellows also will take part in a group-led project which contributes to the knowledge of the charitable sector. The program runs through October 2017.