Nonprofit Leadership - Being Prepared and Effective from Day One


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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 March 18 and receive a free 30-minute coaching session to review and get feedback on your personal plan

This course includes

5 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

15 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

Projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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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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