CEO/ED Survival Series – Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s Center for Healthy Nonprofits

Join Patti Caldwell and Paula Van Ness for this 8-session training program which is designed to give a cohort of newer Executive Directors and CEOs (in their role 5 years or less) practical information to help survive as an extraordinary leader of a successful nonprofit organization. The program will consist of eight two-hour sessions, divided into Spring and Fall semesters, including one 1:1 coaching session per participant each semester

This program will utilize the format of facilitated conversations to cover the competencies and key relationships required of nonprofit executives including tips for effective management of your Board and Staff, building and maintaining a culture aligned with your mission and values, healthier management of your time and your life. The sessions will include opportunities to network with your counterparts to create relationships for continued sharing of successes, challenges, and issues that you face.

Location: CF Campus
Co-pay Fee: $200 per semester, per participant.
Format:  Facilitated conversations using topical training outlines and resource materials
Schedule and Topics: (All sessions 8:30 to 10:30 am)

Spring Semester

Tuesday, February 25, 2020: Overview, introductions, DISC/MBTI Insights

Tuesday, March 31, 2020: ED/CEO role: What makes it so different? Key relationships, leading teams; how to avoid “death by meeting”

Tuesday, April 14, 2020: Organizational Culture: Leadership style and impact, setting the tone, making your organization a great place to work

Tuesday, May 19, 2020: Board issues: Recruitment/diversity, equity, and inclusion; meeting management; key relationships; policies, practices and procedures

Summer Break

Informal check-in/networking event

Fall Semester

Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Supervisory challenges: Sphere of influence, developing staff, micro-management vs. engagement/support

Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Problem-solving and decision-making

Tuesday, November 17, 2020: Nuts and Bolts: Advocacy, intellectual property, legal issues, media tips

Tuesday, December 15, 2020: Self-preservation: Lifelong learning, self-care practices, work-life balance; wrap-up

Coaching Sessions: TBD


To apply: Complete the online application below and submit by Feb. 14, 2020.