Nancy Manigat, CN Guidance and Counseling Services, Chief Operating Officer

Nancy Manigat, CN Guidance and Counseling Services, Chief Operating Officer

Nancy Manigat has over 30 years of experience in the social service and healthcare industry.

She is the chief operating officer of CN Guidance and Counseling Services, a nonprofit organization that touches the lives of over 30,000 residents of Long Island annually through mental health and substance use treatment.

Nancy was instrumental in growing CN Guidance from an $11 million company with under 200 employees to a $50 million company with over 400 employees.

She spearheaded the implementation of the first certified community-based health clinic on Long Island in 2017 – one of only 11 throughout New York State and 63 nationwide, which redefined behavioral health care service delivery.

In 2018, Nancy launched a Love Leadership Initiative that transformed the management culture and employee experience at CN Guidance, resulting in CN Guidance being named one of LI’s Top Workplaces for five consecutive years.

Prior to joining CN Guidance in 2011, she was the director of mental health outpatient treatment services for the Family and Children’s Association.

Nancy was the associate vice president for Stone Ridge Partners and a management consultant for A.R.T. Institute of Washington Inc.  For 12 years, Nancy specialized in improving business operations and the fiscal health of medical practices and hospital departments.

Nancy began her post-graduate career at Mount Sinai’s Adolescent Health Center, where she held positions of increasing responsibility from direct clinical service to program and grant management.

It was at Mt. Sinai where Nancy used her expertise in the treatment of sexual trauma to co-author an article, “The Health Care Provider’s Role in the Disclosure of Sexual Abuse: The Medical Interview as the Gateway to Disclosure.”

Nancy also held various positions at Edwin Gould Services for Children.

In 2018, Nancy was a member of the Project Access Planning Committee that was responsible for the 2018 Initial Study on Inadequate Access to Mental Health/Addictions Care on Long Island.

She received two Long Island Business News awards – 2018 Top 50 Women in Business on Long Island and 2022 Executive Circle Award.

Also, in 2022, Nancy was awarded the state Office of Mental Health’s Commissioner’s Community Cares Award, which recognizes OMH partners who make a difference in their communities.

Nancy sits on the advisory board of NYU McSilver Institute’s Community Technical Assistance of New York Center, which provides training, consultation, and educational resources to behavioral health agencies throughout the state.

In addition, Nancy sits on the Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School Board of Directors Advancement Subcommittee, providing guidance and innovation on fundraising and student recruitment.

She is also an active member of the Nassau Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., which is dedicated to public service and social action and emphasizes programs that assist marginalized communities of color.

Nancy holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Hampton University, a master of social work from Hunter College and a master of business administration in health care administration and policy from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.

She is also a licensed clinical social worker in the State of New York.  She lives in Cambria Heights with her 19-year-old daughter, Simone.

What advice would you give to other business leaders?

“Lead with love. Never underestimate love’s power to transform a workplace.

“Here at CN Guidance, we find innovative ways to show staff that we care about and appreciate their wellbeing.

Recognition goes a long way toward employee satisfaction and retention. I intentionally start our leadership meetings with a call to “Tell me something good” or “To fill someone’s bucket.” 

Managers celebrate milestones in each other’s lives or express gratitude toward each other. They, in turn, bring that positivity back to their teams, spreading a culture of shared appreciation for the hard work we do every day.  

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