The Energeia Partnership

The Energeia Partnership is a leadership academy at Molloy College that recruits proven ethical leaders in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors of Long Island and brings them together to network and strategize about new approaches to regional issues. Each year, the program assembles a "class" of no more than 50 leaders who participate in a dynamic two-year academy featuring a series of one-day programs, each focusing on a specific issue.

The Rauch Foundation played a key role in creating the program. Soon after launching the Long Island Index in 2003, the Foundation recognized the need for a regional leadership academy that could help to break through the fragmentation that dominates Long Island and to support a comprehensive and collaborative approach toward problem-solving. Subsequently, Molloy College president Drew Bogner and vice president Ed Thompson, in consultation with other regional leaders, decided to move forward with the idea. Executive director Paul Tonna has managed the Partnership’s day-to-day activities since its inception in 2006.

Initially, the Rauch Foundation provided funds to support a feasibility and strategic planning document and later provided crucial operating funding for The Energeia Partnership in its first year of operation. The Foundation continues to support the development of the program.

The Long Island Index served as the heart of The Energeia Partnership curriculum. It provided a repository of objective data about the multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region. This wealth of information and analysis brought regional problems into sharp focus, giving leaders from the business, civic, and nonprofit communities a common starting point for their work together.

To date, 440 graduates of the program have used the curriculum to spur regional thinking and action. Through their participation in the program, each has been introduced to a diverse “class” or cohort of proven leaders on Long Island – diverse professionally, ethnically, geographically and by gender. They are thereby removed from the virtual silos that are too common in the region and able to explore key issues facing the region with new information, new perspectives, and new understanding.

Not only do they bond with the other members of their cohort, but they become part of The Energeia Partnership – a large, well-connected, well-resourced, civic association; a network of committed individuals working on regional issues. The graduates of the program meet at an annual Partners Forum and at other events built around key regional issues throughout the year. They also collaborate through innumerable interactions – formal and informal – generated by the shared experience and commitment to Long Island.

The Energeia Partnership’s impact is evident from the continued engagement of the partners; from their active involvement in regional issues, and from their service on civic boards and commissions. More than 90 partners, for instance, have been involved in the successful effort to advance the Third Track on the Long Island Rail Road. More than 250 partners serve on civic boards and commissions.