Who are they and what do they do?
Alternately quarterbacks and counsellors, Lead Partners spearhead SVP’s engagements with our Investees. The Lead Partner serves as a sounding board for the Investee’s executive director as they determine how SVP can best help strengthen their capacity. Lead Partners often develop trusting, intensely personal relationships with these Investees. Along the way, Lead Partners are never alone. They are supported by both SVP staff and by fellow Lead Partners. Lead Partners benefit from monthly meetings with other Lead Partners (both former and current) where they share lessons learned and brainstorm about impending challenges.
What do I need to know in order to become a Lead Partner?
There are no prerequisites to being a Lead Partner other than a familiarity with SVP’s model and some experience with issues facing most organizations. It is not essential that a Lead Partner be a former Investment Team (I-Team) member, but it certainly helps. Lead Partners tend to be great listeners and collaborative by nature.