/ˈmāvən/ noun. an expert or connoisseur
Maven Leadership Collective consistently invests in creative social impact leaders who are queer and trans people of color and allies to build communities that thrive even in the face of crisis, transition, and tragedy.
WHY MAVEN IS VITAL
Maven Leadership Collective inspires communities to thrive by embracing meaningful diversity and inclusion of amazing talent, transformational learning experiences, lasting connections, and amplified stories.
Founded in 2016, Maven is the only organization operating in Central Florida and South Florida that is singularly focused on centering queer and trans people of color and allies in professional development. In that time, we have built a growing community of Mavens who improve the quality of life for more than 60,000 people across two regions. We’ve evolved into an ideas lab and impact accelerator that harnesses the power of diversity to make social impact organizations more sustainable. We share what we learned from working with these amazing social impact leaders at trainings across the country.
Maven reaches an additional 500 people annually through its community programming that focuses on professional development and wellness. We launched our signature program, Maven Leadership Cohort, in 2017 and embarked on a journey to connect talented leaders with experts and practitioners who share best practices in elevating social impact, funding resources, career advancement opportunities, activities to focus on self-care and model wellness for their teams, and local and national opportunities to expand their professional network. Our proven learning model encourages the tangible benefits of the cross pollination that arises when committed leaders—driven by different issue interests, from different backgrounds, with different identities, from across different locations—develop authentic relationships.
We are building a sustainable organization through sound governance and financial health. Our governance structure reflects our mission as it is 100% people of color, 70% queer, 50% female, and 50% under the age of 35.