Nonprofit Leadership - Being Prepared and Effective from Day One


(6 ratings)


2 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Join a supportive community of nonprofit leaders, receive expert-level coaching, and create your Nonprofit CEO Success Plan in 2 weeks

Course overview

Find out what it takes to thrive as a first-time CEO.

Are you a changemaker eager to realize your vision by working with a team, Board of Directors, clients, and donors? 

You may be confused about where to start, what actions to take, or how to determine if you’re even ready. 

In this course, I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step, so you can create your personalized success plan all while connecting with a supportive community of other social sector leaders.

Limited spots are available to ensure class size is small so everyone gets a high-level of attention and support.

This course is for:


New CEOs

You're new to this and working to balance the many demands of the job, from board to staff to donors to beneficiaries


Future CEOs

You want to lead, but you're afraid of being the next nice person running a nonprofit who isn't prepared for the job.


Leaders in Search of a Cohort

You've seen that it's "lonely in the middle." You want the support of a community of pros as you learn

What you’ll get out of this course

Understand the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Director Role

Learn what goes into managing a nonprofit Board of Directors
Assess your strengths and what areas you need to develop to excel in the leadership role.

Create your personal success plan so you feel prepared and confident

Be a part of a community that supports you and holds you accountable as you pursue your plan

Sign up before September 22 and receive a free 30-minute coaching session to review and get feedback on your personal plan

Course syllabus

5 live sessions • 5 modules • 15 lessons
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  • Week 1

    Oct 2—Oct 8


    • Oct


      Session One – The Executive Director Role - what's the job spec?

      Mon, Oct 2, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC

    • Oct


      Session Two – Managing a Board of Directors

      Wed, Oct 4, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC

    • Oct


      Session Three – Navigating Stakeholder Relationships

      Fri, Oct 6, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC


    • The Executive Director Role - what's the job spec?

      Learn the responsibilities of an Executive Director from finance to fundraising to human resources to strategy

    • Managing a Board of Directors

      Learn the ins and outs of working with a Board of Directors

    • Navigating Stakeholder Relationships

      Understand the many audiences you will need to juggle and how to prioritize the many demands and perspectives

  • Week 2

    Oct 9—Oct 13


    • Oct


      Session Four – Assessing Your Readiness

      Tue, Oct 10, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC

    • Oct


      Session Five – Putting It All Together and Building Your Plan

      Thu, Oct 12, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC


    • Assessing Your Readiness

      Evaluate your assets and areas of development for the role of Executive Director

    • Building Your Plan and Your Personal Board of Directors

      Create a personal development plan for building your skills and confidence


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Meet your instructor

Gary Bagley

Gary Bagley

Purpose Driven Social Sector Geek

Gary has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently as the Executive Director of New York Cares, New York City’s largest organization devoted to driving community impact through volunteer-led programs. Gary has also taught nonprofit leadership, management, and strategy for over 10 years at Columbia University and Baruch College.

His previous experiences include positions at nonprofit organizations focused on arts education.

Gary's leadership has been recognized by The New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence, and the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. Gary was named a Notable in Nonprofits and Philanthropy by Crain’s New York and one of the CSR Responsible 100 by City & State.

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Course schedule

3-4 hours per week
  • October 2, 4, 6, 10, and 12

    12:00 - 1:00pm EST

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Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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