Leadership Series

Learn about the Center's new Leadership Exchange--an evolution of the Center’s CEO Leadership series established in 2004 and motivated by our EXCEL Award competition, now in its eighth year.

The CEO Leadership Experience offers executive directors the opportunity to identify and reflect on their leadership style.  The voyage of self-discovery and building a new peer-to-peer network makes this a rewarding and energizing opportunity.  This intensive four-part series looks at leadership styles as well as leadership with your board, staff and community.  The series offers the opportunity to network with other executive directors and use peer groups to solve the complex problems of your organization.  This along, with optional skill enhancement courses (included with series registration), give executive directors of any experience level an opportunity to learn and engage.

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Build a better nonprofit by making yourself a more effective leader. The Executive Preparation Institute is a six-part course that focuses on leadership development. Designed for nonprofit professionals at the management and senior level, EPI welcomes individuals looking to enhance their leadership skills and take the next step into an executive role.

Participants will have a chance to listen to industry experts about all possible facets of nonprofit leadership. The program will be comprised of panel and group discussions, seminars, and guest speakers to ensure maximum learning. The class will convene one Friday per month for six months.


Executive Preparation Institute participants will:

  • Learn from area nonprofit, government, and corporate experts around topics including nonprofit finances, budgeting and fundraising, board governance, leadership tips and tools, evaluations, and how to tell your story.
  • Gain insights into your own and others' leadership styles through DISC Assessment.
  • Have access to other professional development courses through the Center's education program that will maximize your learning. 
  • Be a member of a cohort of like-minded professionals in a safe place for robust discussions.
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