Be an Effective Executive Director

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. “   – Benjamin Franklin

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”   – Henry Ford


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    • Wednesday, June 08, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 8
    Register


    Peer Coaching Groups - Overview
    *Groups forming Now - Sessions Start in August 2022

    Peer Coaching Groups are designed to facilitate goal-setting, coaching and action learning within a small group of peers. Each group member decides what real-world goal or issue they wish to address, and guided by a facilitator their peers will coach primarily through asking open-ended questions to expand the member’s thinking and options

    Members commit to taking action between meetings and report on progress and lessons learned. Peer Coaching Groups follow a very structured process that ensures that members work on issues that matter most, get help the way they need it and apply what they have learned.

    The Benefits

    • In addition to being coached, members develop core coaching skills
    • Through open-ended questions and limited advice, members are able to tap their own knowledge and that of their peers
    • Members work on real challenges or goals – the things that matter most here and now
    • Members make new connections, receive feedback and gain new perspectives
    • Members are accountable to take action, so they learn by doing and following through.

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     How This Works*

    Peer Coaching groups will be customized with no more than 8 people per group. However a minimum of 6 is required to be the most beneficial so the start date will vary until we have the minimum of perfect peers. 

    Groups will then form as we identify participants that will form a cohesive group. Please complete our "Peer Coaching Group Interest" Form HERE  Reserve your spot today!

    After informal phone interviews with each of you and a group is established coaching sessions will meet monthly and will last 2 - 2.5 hours. Groups will meet for 7 online sessions (1 meet and greet + 6 coaching sessions) and this will expand over 6-8 months with each group facilitated by a Trained Cognitive Coach. 

    Participation cost is $625 for NN members and $725 for non-members. Billing will occur once a start date has been established and confirmed with each group.  


    • Thursday, June 09, 2022
    • Thursday, December 08, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    • 12
    Register

    Southwest Chapter: Q4 Virtual Networking Event | Insights Association145,943 Virtual Networking Illustrations & Clip Art - iStock

    Come network with us!

    Learning from and talking to other EDs and nonprofit leaders can make this role a little less lonely. The work is hard and connecting with like-minded people with similar challenges helps you navigate your role and the complex decisions you make every day. Building relationships and connections with the right people in the nonprofit sector can be key to taking your organization in the direction you want it to go.

    This is an opportunity for leaders, from all sectors of nonprofit organizations to gather together, collaborate and share ideas. We want to provide a space for nonprofit leadership to share and learn from one another and receive peer support.

    This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of every other month.

    Cost: This is a FREE networking opportunity!


    Each session facilitated by a Nonprofit Network Consultant



    • Tuesday, July 12, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 36
    Register


    What is Bridges Out of Poverty?

    "Bridges Out of Poverty is a powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. It reaches out to the millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty." (Aha Process)

    Bridges is not a program. It is a research-based framework of concepts, tools, and resources that equip people to reconsider how they approach their clients, their constituents, their neighbors, and their community.

    To comprehensively address the issue of poverty, we must look at it through three lenses: Individual, Institutional, and Community. This Triple Lens approach provides a comprehensive perspective on how we as individuals, organizations, and communities can eliminate poverty.

    Session Content 

    This 3-hour overview aims to help you think critically about your role to comprehensively address poverty. Its emphasis will be on the lens of the Individual and will introduce the following content:

    • Key Points and Constructs of Bridges
    • Mental Models of Economic Class
    • Hidden Rules
    • Resources

    Bridges Out of Poverty is a large framework, rich with resources and an amazing depth of content.  It takes a great deal of time to fully cover all of that material through the Triple Lens approach. The greatest level of change happens with the multi-day and full-day sessions. We know, however, that it’s simply not possible for many people to spend a full day in a workshop.  We therefore offer this 3-hour session that condenses the Bridges material to an overview of its most critical elements.  

    Designed for -

    Appropriate and relevant for anyone who lives, works in and/or serves the Jackson, Michigan and surrounding areas by contract with Aha! Process, Inc. This presentation is appropriate and relevant for anyone who has a general interest in Bridges Out of Poverty. It will primarily focus on the Individual Lens and will motivate attendants to pursue Institutional and Community change as well.

    A common outcome of this session is attendants bringing their learning back to their organization and advocating for a full or multi-day training, which allows time to sufficiently explore the "Triple Lens approach". 


    Testimonials - What did you like most about this session?

    "Eye-opening awareness of what's lacking in our own community."

    "Wow, I have middle-class bias I was not even aware of even though I'm one paycheck away from poverty myself."

    "Made me think of all the ways I could help my community."

    "Katena is fabulous, she really raises awareness and created new thoughts."

    "The group-work sessions and collaboration!"

    "The passion and personal experiences of the presenter."

    "The global situations brought home using local statistics."

    "The suggestions of changes that can be made, even small one's in the work-place to better serve the community and individuals we're hoping to assist."


    Bridges Out of Poverty: Community Sessions - FREE
    Thanks to f
    unding provided by our partner:


    General Registration: $99  FREE

    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy

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    Facilitated by:

    Katena Cain, PhD
    Nonprofit Management Consultant

    Katena loves to engage her audience. She has facilitated hundreds of workshops and easily connects with each participant.  She uses cognitive questions to help people customize information and then connect that information to their specific circumstances. People appreciate how approachable and relatable Katena is and how she creates comfortable spaces for honest conversation and impactful discussions. Read more about Katena HERE



    • Thursday, July 14, 2022
    • Thursday, November 10, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Online via Zoom CC
    • 27
    Register

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    Come network with us!

    Why is networking important? The work of nonprofits is hard, and connecting to like-minded people is important. Making and building connections with the right people in the nonprofit sector can be key to taking your organization in the direction you want it to go.

    This is an opportunity for all levels of nonprofit staff, board, volunteers, and sectors of a nonprofit to gather together, collaborate and share ideas. We want to provide a space for nonprofits to learn from one another and receive peer support. 

    This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of every other month;

    • March 10th
    • May 12th
    • July 14th
    • Sept 8th
    • Nov 10th
    *Closed captioning provided

    If you have a topic you'd like discussed please email Tracey@Nonprofnetwork.org or Alyssa@Nonprofnetwork.org and we'll pass on the request.


    Cost: This is a FREE networking opportunity!

    Each session facilitated by a Nonprofit Network Coordinator


    Please Note: Nonprofit Network may record, video or photograph public events. Recordings, videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality.

    • Tuesday, August 16, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, May 16, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 9 Hybrid Sessions
    • 15
    Register


    The Nonprofit Network Executive Director Academy has been happening since 2017 and functions as a cohort of participants, with multiple presenters addressing key skills over the course of 9 sessions.  To maximize the value of this cohort model, the sessions will be highly interactive not only on the topic to be covered during that session, but also in discussing the successes and challenges of implementing the topics covered in previous sessions.

    Participants are encouraged to deliberately focus on skill implementation of previous sessions and to share their barriers and breakthroughs with their fellow participants within the online cohort we set-up just for your group. As described in our Academy Expectations. Consistent attendance will be necessary to appropriately support your colleagues and to gain proficiency with the skills that build on each other.

    Description

    The Nonprofit Network Executive Director Academy is a cohort of no more than 15 Executive Directors or managing directors who have been in their current position for fewer than 5-7 years.  This deliberate and consistent gathering of people who have similar tenure in their positions as ED's aims to accomplish the following:

    • Ensure clear understanding of the complexities of the role and awareness of the fully developed skill sets necessary for success
    • Build relationships among peers and networks within the community
    • Problem solve and learn from one another
    Every Academy participant in the Academy will be provided with  their own copy of the Nonprofit Management 101 Manual. This manual will support some portions of the the sessions and will serve as a valuable ongoing reference tool for the Executive Director.

    Prerequisite to the Academy:  Each participant will be contacted by one of the facilitators to ensure the participant understands what the course entails prior to the start of the Academy.  The Academy is designed as a cohort and for the benefit of all participants, attendance is necessary for all to learn from all.  

    Schedule of Sessions

    The Academy will meet online every 3rd Tuesday as a group each month from Aug. 2022 through May 2023
    in the Eastern Time Zone


    Your Commitment

    For the benefit of all participants in the cohort, those registering for the Academy must commit to attending all nine sessions, prioritizing attendance over other commitments.

    Designed for

    Appropriate and relevant for executive directors and/or managing directors who have been in their current position for fewer than 5-7 years. 

    Want to join, but think you're not eligible?

    If you cannot attend these dates or if you're an ED with +5 years of experience, or want to talk this through let us know here and we'll contact you or keep your name on file for our future cohorts.

    The recordings of these sessions are for our internal use only.
    Internal professional development, succession planning and training of new staff.  We have a system in place for people who may miss a session and those options for session makeup can be found on our 
    Academy Expectations webpage

    Member Cost:  $675

    Nonmember Cost:  $875

    The registration price includes enrollment in the online cohort and directory. 

    Payment in full is required to secure your place in the cohort.  

    NN members get discounts on workshops, consider becoming a Member
    and save today
    .

    Please Note: Nonprofit Network may record, videotape or photograph public events. Videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality. 

    • Thursday, September 01, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    • 52
    Register


    What is Bridges Out of Poverty?

    "Bridges Out of Poverty is a powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. It reaches out to the millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty." (Aha Process)

    Bridges is not a program. It is a research-based framework of concepts, tools, and resources that equip people to reconsider how they approach their clients, their constituents, their neighbors, and their community.

    To comprehensively address the issue of poverty, we must look at it through three lenses: Individual, Institutional, and Community. This Triple Lens approach provides a comprehensive perspective on how we as individuals, organizations, and communities can eliminate poverty.

    Session Content 

    This 3-hour overview aims to help you think critically about your role to comprehensively address poverty. Its emphasis will be on the lens of the Individual and will introduce the following content:

    • Key Points and Constructs of Bridges
    • Mental Models of Economic Class
    • Hidden Rules
    • Resources

    Bridges Out of Poverty is a large framework, rich with resources and an amazing depth of content.  It takes a great deal of time to fully cover all of that material through the Triple Lens approach. The greatest level of change happens with the multi-day and full-day sessions. We know, however, that it’s simply not possible for many people to spend a full day in a workshop.  We therefore offer this 3-hour session that condenses the Bridges material to an overview of its most critical elements.  

    Designed for -

    Appropriate and relevant for anyone who lives, works in and/or serves the Jackson, Michigan and surrounding areas by contract with Aha! Process, Inc. This presentation is appropriate and relevant for anyone who has a general interest in Bridges Out of Poverty. It will primarily focus on the Individual Lens and will motivate attendants to pursue Institutional and Community change as well.

    A common outcome of this session is attendants bringing their learning back to their organization and advocating for a full or multi-day training, which allows time to sufficiently explore the "Triple Lens approach". 


    Testimonials - What did you like most about this session?

    "Eye-opening awareness of what's lacking in our own community."

    "Wow, I have middle-class bias I was not even aware of even though I'm one paycheck away from poverty myself."

    "Made me think of all the ways I could help my community."

    "Katena is fabulous, she really raises awareness and created new thoughts."

    "The group-work sessions and collaboration!"

    "The passion and personal experiences of the presenter."

    "The global situations brought home using local statistics."

    "The suggestions of changes that can be made, even small one's in the work-place to better serve the community and individuals we're hoping to assist."


    Bridges Out of Poverty: Community Sessions - FREE
    Thanks to f
    unding provided by our partner:


    General Registration: $99  FREE

    Please refer to our