Henry Posko Jr. retired in September as president and CEO of the nonprofit Humanim after a four-decade career.
Posko oversaw the organization’s shift from its beginning serving adults with developmental disabilities in Howard County into a vital service provider for the region. Humanim now also offers workforce development, behavioral health and youth services. It’s more than 400 employees serve more than 4,000 people throughout Maryland and Delaware.
Key to the organization’s success includes an individual’s human spirit, as well as a passionate board of directors, focused on developing a dedicated workforce.
“The impact can be measured through the individual’s achievements and their inevitable influence on their families and communities,” he said.
Posko also launched Humanim’s social enterprise division in 2012, which trains and employs people with barriers to employment. The idea behind a social enterprise is that they’re business entities established and embedded in the organization that employs people Humanim would typically serve.
The division has grown into five social enterprises in the culinary, technology and construction sectors in Baltimore.
Posko has also received the Wave Maker Award as a developer for the Urban Land Institute, as well as the Associated Black Charities Champion Award for his role promoting racial and economic equity.
A longtime mentor, Posko has seen five of his Humanim colleagues move on to become CEOs. Training, coaching and critical reflection are an important part of any mentor-mentee relationship, he said.
“It also allows them to look beyond their own circumstances to the external elements and people that might influence the choices they make and the actions they may take,” he said.
Leaders have a responsibility to create a culture that establishes an advantageous environment for employees to have equal access to opportunities, he said. And doing so enhances employee retention, attracts talent and can result in a positive bottom line.
The impact can be measured through the individual’s achievements and their inevitable influence on their families and communities”