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Executive Director Academy

  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • 7 sessions
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018, 12:30 PM 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018, 12:30 PM 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 12:30 PM 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018, 12:30 PM 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:30 PM 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 08, 2018, 12:30 PM 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 12:30 AM 3:30 PM
  • Baker College of Jackson // 2800 Springport Rd. // Jackson, MI 49203
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The Nonprofit Network Executive Director Academy functions as a cohort of participants, with multiple presenters addressing key skills over the course of 7 monthly 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 when the cohort. As described in the Academy Expectations, Consistent attendance will be necessary to appropriately support your colleagues and to gain proficiency with the skills that build on each other.


The Nonprofit Network Executive Director Academy is a cohort of no more than 10 executive directors who have been in their position for fewer than 5 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 a their own copy of the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual ($95 value). This manual will support some portions of the the sessions and will serve as a valuable ongoing reference tool for the executive director.

There is no prerequisite to the Academy. However, it will be advantageous for participants to attend Becoming Your Best: Training for Executive Directorswhere many of the concepts and skill sets will be introduced. The Academy will pursue deeper exploration and real life application with feedback in the areas covered in Becoming Your Best.


The Academy will meet as a group each month from June through December 2018

Session 1: June 7, 12:30p-3:30p

Trust, More Trust, Leadership, and Teams - Facilitated by Tom Williams

Session 2: July 12, 12:30p-3:30p

Nonprofit Tech - Facilitated by Andy Wolber, WolberWorks

Session 3: August 8, 12:30p-3:30p

Fund Development - Facilitated by Sharon Castle

Session 4: September 20, 12:30p-3:30p

The Role of the Executive Director in Human Resources - Facilitated by Regina Pinney

Session 5: October 10, 12:30p-3:30p

Communication and Having those Hard Conversations - Facilitated by Katena Cain

Session 6: November 8, 12:30p-3:30p

The Role of the Executive Director in Finances - Facilitated by Regina Pinney

Session 7: December 11, 12:30p-3:30p

Change, Crisis Management, and Tending to Self - Facilitated by Tom Williams


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

Designed for

Appropriate and relevant for executive directors who have been in their current position for fewer than 5 years. 

Want to join, but you're not eligible?

If you cannot attend these dates or if you're an ED with +5 years of experience, let us know here and we'll contact you as future cohorts are formed


The registration price includes enrollment in the 7-month cohort in addition to a personal copy of the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual ($95 value)

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

Due to the limited number of spaces in the cohort, Nonprofit Network may choose to deny a full or partial refund in the event that a registrant must cancel their registration.

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