2024 NELLS Course Flyer

About the NAHMA Emerging Leaders Learning Series (NELLS)

The NELLS program was designed exclusively for Affordable Housing Property Management professionals. To better address the learning opportunities for participants at varying organizational levels, we are pleased to announce the addition of NELLSManager to the NELLS course family! NELLSManager will focus specifically on topics relevant to first-line professionals, including Property Managers, Leasing Managers, Maintenance Managers and Compliance Specialists. The original NELLSExecutive program will continue to focus on topics relevant to senior organizational managers and leaders, typically at the Director, Regional, Officer level and above. Click here for a descriptive flyer.

Below is a snapshot of the types of topics covered in each course:

NAHMA Emerging Leaders Learning Series (NELLS Manager)

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  • Developing a Manager Mindset
  • Personal Management Style
  • Difficult conversations and
    delivering feedback
  • Setting Priorities
  • Strategic Communication
  • Managing Change
  • Resource Management
  • Management vs. Leadership
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Authority vs. Influence
  • Growth Mindset
  • Effective Delegation
  • Navigating uncertainty
  • Preparing for disruption

2024 Dates: 02/08; 02/29; 03/21
Registration deadline: CLOSED ON 01/09/2024


2024 Dates:
08/01; 08/22; 09/19

Registration deadline: 07/12/2024

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NELLSExecutive and NELLSManager are both designed as blended programs that combine the benefits of cohort learning with executive coaching. In addition to three group sessions, each participant will have two, one-on-one coaching sessions to tailor program content to their specific requirements.  All sessions are conducted using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Group sessions are 90-minutes, except for Session I, which is 120 minutes to include program orientation. All group sessions begin at 2:00 PM Eastern. Coaching sessions are scheduled individually, and will alternate with group sessions.

Participants completing either of the NELLS programs will be eligible for a free two-year associate membership in NAHMA.

The NELLSExecutive session designed for senior organizational managers and leaders is now open for registration. The NELLSExecutive schedule and details for 2024 are as follows:
Orientation/Session I: Thursday, August 1, 2:00 – 4:00PM EST
Session II: Thursday, August 22, 2:00 – 3:30PM EST
Session III: Thursday, September 19, 2:00 – 3:30PM EST
Program Fee: $1,250
Deadline for registration and payment: July 12, 2024
Deadline for cancellation/withdrawal: July 31, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How will the NELLSExecutive and NELLSManager programs be delivered?
A: Three group sessions and two one-to-one coaching sessions for each participant will be conducted using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Each session is designed to be interactive, engage participants in discussion, Q&A, and scenario exercises.

Q: How many participants are in each cohort?
A: There are 15 seats available in each cohort. A minimum of five participants is required to establish a group.

Q: Why have one-to-one coaching sessions been included as part of the program?
A: A key component of adult learning is the ability to apply new concepts and knowledge in context. One-to-one coaching sessions enable each participant to apply content discussed during group sessions to his/her specific work environment and circumstances to accelerate the development of new professional habits.

Q: Will NELLS participants be assigned homework?
A: Although there are no formal assignments, members of the cohort are expected to immediately begin applying new skills during the program. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences during group sessions.

About The Facilitator

Brenda Harrington, PCC, is a Certified Executive Coach and former Property Management executive. The Founder of Adaptive Leadership Strategies, LLC, she works with leaders in private, public, non-profit, government and intergovernmental entities to develop leadership competencies required for them to have impact as leaders in the 21st Century. Her clients include the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Federal Reserve Board, World Bank Group and United Nations. As a Moderator for Harvard Business School Publishing (HBP), she has facilitated leadership development courses for HBP corporate clients worldwide. To learn more about Brenda, please visit her website www.adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com and LinkedIn profile.

“Brenda was really helpful and insightful. The one on one sessions
were really great. She offered an objective point of view with no judgement,
asked questions to make you think and look deeper.”
— Past NELLS participant