Executive Director Academy - Online 2021

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022
  • 12:00 PM
  • A Virtual Academy - 9 Virtual Sessions
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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 9 virtual 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 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 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.  

Schedule of Sessions

The Academy will meet online every 3rd Wednesday as a group each month from Sept 2021 through May 2022
in the Eastern Time Zone

Session 1: September 15th, 9 am - 12 pm EST
Key Responsibilities of a Nonprofit - Managing the ED and Board Relationship -  Katena Cain

Session 2: October 20th, 9 am - 12pm EST
The Role of the ED in HR - Regina Pinney

Session 3: November 17th, DEC 1st - 9 am - 12 pm EST RE_SCHEDULED
Recording will be sent
Communication and Having Those Hard Conversations - Katena Cain

Session 4: December 15th, 9 am - 12 pm EST
Trust, More Trust, Team and Leadership - Sharon Castle

Session 5: January 19th, 9 am - 12 pm EST
Fund Development - Katena Cain

Session 6: February 16th, 2022  9 am - 12 pm EST
Key Roles of the ED in Financial Management - Regina Pinney

Session 7: March 16th, 2022  1 pm - 4 pm EST
Nonprofit Tech - guest Andy Wolber & Sharon Castle

Session 8: April 20th, 2022  1 pm - 4 pm EST
Marketing for the ED - Know Your Audience - Stormy Trotter

Session 9: May 18th, 2022  9 am - 12 pm ~ EST Grad Day!
Change, Crisis Management, and Tending to Self - Sharon Castle

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.

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 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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