Roadmap for New Executive Directors
You’ve earned the right to be an executive director, but that means all eyes are on you – the board, the staff and other key stakeholders. The early days of your tenure are a delicate balance of projecting confidence, while having so much to learn; of establishing relationships and developing insights; of needing to exercise control without alienating others. It involves knowing what needs to be done to lead effectively and then actually seeing that it’s done. Additional pressure comes from the expectation that you must be proficient in so many aspects of nonprofit management, including fundraising, human resources, finances and governance. This class isn’t designed to teach you these skills, but rather to prepare you for what to expect and to present executive-level management practices that you must have in order to navigate the demands you are expected to meet. Our three decades of nonprofit leadership development have shown us that executive directors thrive in an environment of peer support to counteract the sense of isolation and thus, we have designed this experience to include a roundtable discussion among new executives who are facing many of the same scenarios and environmental conditions as you. This mix of professional instruction and peer support will help pave your way to confident and informed leadership.
Audience: Executive Directors with less than two years’ experience, who want to excel as leaders
Date: November 08th, 2017
Location: Ballard Spahr
Address: 1735 Market Street, 48th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Laura Otten, Ph.D., has been the director of The Nonprofit Center since 2001. She began her affiliation with The Nonprofit Center shortly after it was formed in the early 1980s, working as a consultant and trainer, primarily in the areas of board development, strategic planning and program evaluation and she continues to play these roles, in addition to providing direction and leadership to The Nonprofit Center’s educational, consulting, and leadership development programs. In 2013, she helped launch and became the first director of the Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership at La Salle University. Laura is a national expert in numerous aspects of nonprofit