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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.

View session schedule and register online for the IOP Nonprofit Leadership Lab.

Next Steps

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

Register online or contact Kathy Laing at 

2018-19 Dates

Our Facilitator

Angela Cusack

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Institute on Philanthropy
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

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

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