Linda Golaszewski, M.A., has trained more than 2,000 nonprofit professionals over the last 25-years. Her work is internationally acclaimed, reaching from all areas of the Pacific Northwest to Taipei and Mumbai. Ms. Golaszewski, in her work as Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Management at Portland State University, has planned, lead, and coordinated numerous trainings for nonprofit professionals, including the New Nonprofit Leaders Boot Camp for new executives throughout the Pacific Northwest and as far away as Alaska and Florida, and Leadership Fellows to provide year-long executive development for nonprofit leaders of color in the greater Portland metropolitan region and beyond. In addition to countless stand-alone nonprofit training events focused on board governance and other topics, she was instrumental in establishing an online Volunteer Leadership Program in collaboration with Portland State University Extended Studies.
Internationally, Ms. Golaszewski has facilitated training for the Taiwanese NGO Executive Training Program for the Executive Leadership Institute at Portland State University, which led the national government of Taiwan to invite her to provide on-site training for nonprofit executives in and around Taipei. She has also co-led graduate-level education programs in nonprofit development and management to rural and urban areas of Maharastra, India, along side Dr. Suzanne Feeney, founder of the Institute for Nonprofit Management. Ms. Golaszewski has also coordinated and trained emerging nonprofit leaders from around the globe through the World Affairs Council’s partnership with the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program, including Afghanistan, Ukraine, China, Pakistan, and many countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
Ms. Golaszewski has worked with and studied nonprofit organizations focusing on governance and leadership issues for more than thirty years. Through her work as a partner in The Planning Group, which she co-founded, she has consulted and trained state and local municipalities as well as national and local nonprofit organizations on board governance, evaluation, and a host of other topics. As a consultant Ms. Golaszewski has examined statewide funding equity among rural and urban social service providers, trained on effective meeting techniques, evaluated youth-serving programs, developed governance models for a statewide child care organization, and led planning activities for an arts-focused middle school.
For more than 20 year Ms. Golaszewski has been teaching graduate-level courses in nonprofit boards and governance for the Institute for Nonprofit Management. She earned her B.S. from Loyola University of Chicago and her M.A. from University of Illinois.
The Planning Group was formed by Linda Golaszewski and Linda Stoltz to assist nonprofit and public sector agencies with board training and development, executive coaching, leadership transitions, facilitation, governance, and strategic planning.