Webinar
Taking Flight: How to Institute Disciplined, People-Focused Management


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In the past few years, WINGS for kids has demonstrated the power of its programs: Children had a 40% higher graduation rate in its first social and emotional skills-focused after-school cohort than a comparison group. Inspired by this success, a board member donated $1 million, the department of Education funded an independent evaluation, and the program has expanded to four regions. And what better evidence of confidence in an organization’s capabilities than funding from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, which provides multi-year capacity building to allow high-performance non-profits to expand effective services to even more youths?

WINGS for kids started out small, like most non-profits, but began to manage performance and grew big, unlike most. WINGS credits disciplined, people-focused management, along with six other pillars of high-performance organizations. In this webinar, you will learn what “disciplined, people-focused management” looks like in practice, including examples of how WINGS managers “walk the walk” every day by:

  • Translating leaders’ drive for excellence into clear work plans and incentives to carry out the work effectively and efficiently. 
  • Making data-informed decisions in day-to-day work, and providing opportunities for staff to see how they contribute to the larger mission
  • Ensuring accountability systems provide clear standards for success, without sacrificing room for creativity
  • Providing continuous feedback, acknowledging when work isn’t done well, providing training and coaching, and making tough personnel decisions when necessary


Be inspired by hearing how the executive team, program managers, and WINGS Leaders (after school teachers) engage in – and experience – “disciplined, people-focused management”. Together, they make sure that every child receives the WINGS experience – exactly as it was designed – every day. Join us to learn how you can apply pillar #2 of the Performance Imperative in your organization.

The webinars in this series can be watched sequentially or independently. Each will be recorded, and the entire series will be available on Social Solutions’ website.

About this Webinar Series

The most successful organizations – those that produce positive client outcomes with consistency – cultivate seven core disciplines. This webinar is the second in a series dedicated to exploring what each of the seven pillars of the Performance Imperative look like in practice.

The Performance Imperative was created by the Leap Ambassadors’ Community, a group of social sector leaders who have joined forces to inspire great organizations for greater societal impact. At Social Solutions, we are proud to provide software which supports high performance and to be part of the movement along with so many of our customers.


Webinar Details

Date:         Tue, April 19, 2016

Time:         3:00 PM EST

Duration:   1 hour

Presenter Information

Nicole Lovecchio has spent the last 10 years creating, implementing, evaluating and delivering the WINGS for kids curriculum. Before WINGS, she counseled youth and their families during two years at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and has a juvenile justice degree from Shippensburg University. In addition to working tirelessly for WINGS, Nicole is invested in the schools in which the programs operate, serving on several committees and school improvement councils. In 2009 she was recognized as a promising leader on the “Forty under 40” list in the Charleston Regional Business Journal. She anxiously looks forward to the day WINGS flies to her hometown, Philadelphia!

Cheryl Hollis joined the WINGS staff in 2003 as a WINGSLeader at Memminger School of Global Studies. In 2010 she returned to her WINGS roots and took on the role of Program Director at James Simons Elementary, a new program for WINGS. In 2012 Cheryl became Senior Program Director of Charleston, and she is now Regional Operations Director for South Carolina.