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IOP Nonprofit Leadership Lab

Whether you have five years or 25 years experience in nonprofit management, wouldn’t you welcome the opportunity to continue to grow professionally through self-directed learning and discovery with a network of trusted peers who understand the unique nature of nonprofits?

That’s the concept behind the IOP Nonprofit Leadership Lab. This 7-month program will bring together key players from Central Virginia’s nonprofit sector for monthly facilitated conversations about staff, board and organizational challenges in a confidential environment.

What is the IOP Nonprofit Leadership Lab?

The IOP Nonprofit Leadership Lab provide a venue for regional nonprofit movers and shakers to engage in monthly dialogue, problem solving, mentoring and support. Program participants will meet monthly for 2½ hours, where they will learn from one another by discussing the issues that face each individual leader and the nonprofit they serve.

Each monthly meeting is structured as a LAB format, not a lecture. Monthly meetings will be facilitated and utilize various techniques, among them peer coaching, brainstorming and peer accountability. Each participant will have a “spotlight” opportunity to share their nonprofit leadership issue as the focus of group conversation.

The first meeting will create a foundation on which the other sessions will build. Participants will complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder® evaluation instrument before the first meeting, and results will be discussed and woven through each spotlight discussion.

The IOP Nonprofit Leadership Lab includes attendance at a special dinner with the group and a guest speaker to be announced. 

Why join the IOP Nonprofit Leadership Lab?

Here are the benefits of joining the Leadership Lab:

  • You’ll be part of a confidential forum of your regional peers to discuss staff, board and organizational challenges.
  • You’ll be exposed to differing perspectives, skills, new ideas, input and feedback to help apply to your workplace situations.
  • You’ll create new professional connections and learn about new resources.
  • You’ll receive inspiration and accountability structures for helping to meet your goals.
  • You’ll develop new skillsets, growing personally and professionally, in the process.
  • You’ll be part of a group that want to help you and your organization succeed.

What is the Leadership Lab NOT?

  • It is NOT a class. The main focus is brainstorming and accountability support among group members.
  • It is NOT group coaching. The facilitator does not coach the individual group members. Everyone brings feedback, advice and support to the group.
  • It is NOT a networking group. Although participants will naturally benefit from networking and sharing information and ideas, this is not the main focus of the group meetings.

Membership Criteria

  • You must be at a senior level of your organization and have a minimum of one year of nonprofit leadership or management experience to participate. You must be able to attend ALL scheduled meetings.
  • You must be willing to share your knowledge and experience with the group, giving support for and advice about dealing with workplace issues.
  • You must be willing to share your own challenges and ask for guidance.
  • You must be able to hold strict confidences and sign a confidentiality agreement.
Nonprofit Leadership Lab
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017; 
8:00 - 10:00 am
Tuesday, January 9, 2018; 
8:00 - 10:00 am
Tuesday, February 6, 2018; 
8:00 - 10:00 am
Tuesday, March 6, 2018; 
8:00 - 10:00 am
Tuesday, April 3, 2018; 
8:00 - 10:00 am
Tuesday, May 1, 2018; 
8:00 - 10:00 am
Tuesday, June 5, 2018; 
8:00 - 10:00 am
Tuesday, July 3, 2018; 
8:00 - 10:00 am
Instructor: Angela Cusack
CRN: IOP118.LL
Fee: $650
If eligible for UR Tuition Remission, the Tuition Remission benefit will not be refunded in the event of cancellation.
Description
Join 7 senior leaders & CEO's for a redesigned 4 or 7 month program called Nonprofit Leadership Labs. Power players in the central Virginia nonprofit sector will meet for 2.5 hour session each month (or twice a month based on the choice of the group to shorten the program). Participants will learn from one another by discussing the issues that face each individual leader and the nonprofit they serve. Leadership Lab groups use various techniques, among them coaching, brainstorming, peer accountability and support. This is a mini LAB structure, and not a lecture format. This is an investment into yourself, each other, and the community. You must be at a senior level or CEO of your organization to participate.

Next Steps

Are you a senior nonprofit leader interested in joining the IOP Nonprofit Leadership Lab?

Register online or contact Kathy Laing at klaing@richmond.edu 

2016-17 Dates

  • Starts Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
  • Ends Tuesday, June 27, 2017
  • Meets one Tuesday each month

Our Facilitator

Angela Cusack

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Institute on Philanthropy
Professional & Continuing Studies
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Kathy Laing, Manager
Miriam Blackmon, Assistant
Phone: (804) 287-1290

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