Leadership group names chief

By Todd Cohen

Winkie La Force, a veteran sports organizer and marketer, has been named executive director of Leadership Triangle, effective April 3.

La Force will be the first full-time executive for the leadership-development group, which was formed in 1991 by the Triangle Community Foundation and later spun off.

The group, which features daylong sessions twice a month from August through December, has 180 alumni and is enrolling its 10th class.

It will occupy donated space donated by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in the Briggs Building in downtown Raleigh, which also is giving the group $35,000 a year for three years.  (The Philanthropy Journal is a publication of the foundation.)

La Force, who headed the Triangle’s bid for the 2007 Pan American Games, said priorities include raising money, giving the program greater visibility, making it more diverse and doing a better job of placing its alumni on boards.

Pamela Davison, foreign trade zone administrator for the World Trade Center in Raleigh and chair of Leadership Triangle’s board, said the group hopes either to double the size of its annual class or create a second class each year – an expansion that she said would require additional fundraising.

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