Executive Director Academy - 2020

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • A Virtual Academy - 9 Live Sessions
  • 2


The Nonprofit Network Executive Director Academy 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 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 15 Executive Directors or managing directors who have been in their 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 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.

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.  


The Academy will meet online as a group each month from August 2020 through April 2021

Session 9: April 13th, 9 am - 12 pm ~ Grad Day!
Change, Crisis Management, and Tending to Self - Katena Cain

    Past sessions:

    Session 1: August 11th, 9 am - 12 pm 
    Key Responsibilities of a Nonprofit and Managing the ED and Board Relationship -  Katena Cain

    Session 2: September 8th, 9 am - 12pm 
    Communication and Having Those Hard Conversations - Katena Cain

    Session 3: October 13th, 9 am - 12 pm
    The Role of the ED in HR - Laura Fuller

    Session 4: November 10th, 9 am - 12 pm 
    Trust, More Trust, Team and Leadership - Regina Pinney

    Session 5: December 8th, 9 am - 12 pm
    Fund Development - Regina Pinney

    Session 6: January 12th, 9 am - 12 pm
    Key Roles of the ED in Financial Management - Regina Pinney

    Session 7: February 9th, 1 pm - 4 pm
    Nonprofit Tech - Andy Wolber/Laura Fuller

    Session 8: March 9th, 9 am - 12 pm (New for 2020!)
    Marketing for the ED - Know Your Audience - Laura Fuller

    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 future cohorts.

    Member Cost:  $675

    Nonmember Cost:  $875

    The registration price includes enrollment in the online 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.  

    Our members get discounts on workshops, Starting at only $65 for Grass Roots Organizations, consider becoming a Member today!

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