Maggie Dunne Named 2015 American Express Next Generation Fellow

maggie square_2We are proud to announce that Lakota Children’s Enrichment’s Founder Maggie Dunne, 25, was named a 2015 American Express Next Generation Fellow (NGen Fellow) by the Independent Sector, a leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to advancing the common good.

The American Express NGen Fellows are “a diverse cohort of emerging leaders age 40 and under” who are selected to participate in “a twelve month comprehensive program that develops their capacity to lead in turbulent times, strengthens their professional networks, and elevates their accomplishments on a national level.” Applicants were selected by a committee composed of emerging and established leaders of Independent Sector member organizations.

Over the course of the next year, the Fellows will collaborate with other talented leaders age 40 and under, interact with established mentors, and contribute to Independent Sector’s work on nonprofit impact and leadership. The Fellows program is a leadership development initiative that builds the capacity of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders age 40 and under to have significant impact on society’s toughest challenges.

The Fellows will attend the Independent Sector’s Annual Convention, and will be introduced at the John W. Gardner Leadership Luncheon at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel on October 29, 2015.

Maggie Dunne said, “I’m honored to be named an NGen Fellow and look forward to working with the other Fellows to address challenges in the nonprofit sector. I’m also excited about the positive impact that the additional attention will bring to the work of Lakota Children’s Enrichment.”


Independent Sector is a leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to advancing the common good. Its nonpartisan networks collectively represent tens of thousands of organizations and individuals locally, nationally, and globally.

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