A one year leadership experience for female nonprofit leaders
Leading a nonprofit is a challenging experience, especially with limited budgets, high staff turnover, a changing political climate, and reduced support for social progress. Executives need additional training in managing change, embracing innovation, and strategic thinking to help their organization reach its missions. The Nonprofit Executive Leadership Academy is a year long leadership program for female nonprofit executives that includes networking with other nonprofit professionals, access to training and professional development on executive skills in social change leadership, and a chance to receive strategic support and coaching.
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Though women make up the majority of the nonprofit workforce they are often working with less training, resources, and compensation than their male counterparts.
According to research by Guidestar, the majority of nonprofits with budgets less than $1 million are led by female CEOs while the majority (83%) over $50 million are led by men, leaving female leaders with the least amount of resources for their operations. This also means that these leaders need to be creative and innovative in how to stretch limited resources and meet mission based outcomes.
Nine out of ten nonprofit managers indicated interest in leadership or managerial training, and believe that it will make them more effective in their roles. However, according to to research by Opportunity Knocks, only 30% of them have received such training since assuming a role managing direct reports.
According to a survey conducted by Mckinsey & Company, the majority of CEOs and executives in nonprofits are not confident of their ability to manage outcomes or innovate and implement the programming their organizaton leads.
Ready to take the next step in your career?
The Nonprofit Executive Leadership Academy (NELA) is the ideal course for women executive leaders who are looking to enhance the impact of their work in the social sector. This year long leadership program connects you with a strong network of nonprofit professionals who are passionate about making lasting change in their communities. Participants will have access to extraordinary training and professional development focused on executive skills in social change leadership, and a chance to receive strategic support and coaching. Fellows are selected through an open application process and a small group of finalists are chosen to participate in each cohort.
Tuition covers program costs and includes access to all courses, coaching, and program materials. Participants that successfully complete the program receive a program certificate, digital qualification badges and membership to an exclusive networking community.
*Does not include travel expenses for participants to the Leadership Institute. Participants are responsible for booking their own lodging and travel expenses for the event. A discounted room block at the host property will be provided for attendees.
Participants will gather at the start of the program to attend a learning and networking event to kick off their year long leadership experience.
Participants will join interactive discussions with program leaders and cohort members focused on solutions, and strategies to overcome challenges.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in two strategy sessions to discuss specific leadership challenges in their organization and role.
Over the course of the year, participants will engage with other fellows through online forums and have access to online courses specifically for nonprofit executives.
The training and resources provided are designed for women serving in an Executive Director or management level role in a nonprofit or social venture.
Applicants should receive a professional recommendation by a board member, funder or program stakeholder.
Education requirements include a Bachelor's degree or Life experience of 10+ years leading in the sector.
We are looking for women who have a personal and professional interest in one of the following focus areas:
Application Release: March 1, 2018
Scholarship Applications: March 16, 2018
Scholarships Awarded: March 19, 2018
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Early Bird Payment Deadline: April 20, 2018
Payment Deadline: May 4, 2018
You will be required to submit a resume, purpose statement and references as part of your application.
Limited scholarships are available for each cohort. Applications for scholarships must be received by March 16, 2018.
The NELA program starts with an in person Leadership Institute where participants will engage and connect with their cohort as they begin their leadership journey. The event starts with a networking reception and Models of Impact workshop to expose participants to innovative ideas in business design and social change strategy. The following day is an executive leadership training program with workshops to increase their capacity, knowledge and success leading social change efforts.
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We provide strategic resources to increase the effectiveness, knowledge and capacity of those leading mission driven work and entrepreneurial ventures.
We empower individuals to change global social problems and lead strong organizations. We equip groups and organizations with the tools they need to not only make a difference but to make a lasting and sustainable impact through their efforts.
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