Executive Director Academy


Next session April 2024!

Are you currently an Executive Director, CEO, Managing Director or Direct Report and are seeking that deep, meaningful professional development that will impact your ability to lead your organization? Then Nonprofit Network ED Academy is for you! 

History of our ED Academy... It was in 2017 when a foundation we regularly partnered with to provide services to their nonprofit partners realized they had a minimum of four new ED's in their community who needed customized training for the specific needs and the many hats of an Executive Director. Those first sessions helped pave the way to our tailored and annually occurring academies. Today, over the course of 8 sessions (one intro and one wrap-up), participants will deliberately focus on implementing skills and practices learned at weekly sessions. They will share their barriers and breakthroughs with their fellow participants and session facilitators. To maximize the value of this cohort model, the sessions will be highly interactive and reflective. 

Our sessions will cover the important many hats an ED wears, like:
Key Responsibilities, The Board Relationship, Having those Hard Conversations, Your role in HR, Trust and Leadership, Finance and Budget Management, Diversity and Equity Strategies, Knowing Your Audience, Nonprofit Tech, Self-care and Crisis Management. 


So what is C-Suite?
The C-suite is deemed the most important and influential group of individuals within a company. Reaching this high position typically requires an abundance of experience and finely-honed leadership skills. 

C-suite or C-level, This widely-used vernacular, whether we like it or not, describes a cluster of a business's most important executives, it gets its name from the titles of top senior staffers, which tend to start with the letter C, for "chief", as in chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), chief operating officer (COO), and chief information officer (CIO). And for nonprofits it's the Executive Director.

What you need to know:

The Expectations: Explained here are the Academy Expectations, consistent attendance and active engagement will be necessary to appropriately support your colleagues and to gain proficiency. When we meet: The Nonprofit Network Executive Director Academy meets once approximately every other week in the Eastern time zone over the course of 8 sessions. 


Who is eligible: Each cohort comprises of 15 or fewer executives or managing directors who have been in their role for a similar amount of time or in their current position for fewer than 5-7 years. Also recommended for those who support or are ED's in training.


Our next Academy starts April 10, 2024 at 10 AM ET - Register Here or you can email Tracey our Program Coordinator with any questions. 
 Members of Nonprofit Network are $699, non-members are $999 (*Ask your local foundations about sponsorship!)


Need More Right Now? 
Visit our webpage;  I Want To... Be The Best Executive Director and check our Event Calendar for upcoming professional development opportunities.