Institute for Executive Director Leadership
You have passion and vision as a leader; this is what makes your work so meaningful and life-altering. It’s why you do what you do.
However, you know that passion and vision only get you and your organization so far. For more than 10 years, the University of St. Thomas has helped executive directors gain the knowledge, resources, support, and even the courage to deal with the frustrations plaguing so many leaders in the sector: strained board relationships, fundraising challenges, and troubling financials.
The Institute for Executive Director Leadership is a place for nonprofit executives to learn and grow with an impressive support system of peers, community professionals, and educational leaders. Participants and instructors don’t just swap war stories, they collaborate and problem solve together, learning from each others’ wealth of knowledge and from the best practices attained from inside and outside the classroom.
Join a learning community that has served more than 165 executive directors and senior leaders from nonprofit organizations. Gain the deep insights, renewed confidence, and support systems that have helped sustain both the well-being of their organizations and a passionate commitment to their work.
Participants of this 10-month cohort program gain:
- Leadership development through a personal leadership inventory and researched leadership theory and practice
- Access to knowledge and solutions through the intellectual capital of fellow executive directors and experienced faculty
- Sharper strategic management skills in organizational governance, financial planning, and fund development
- Long-lasting connections with other nonprofit and community leaders
- Empowerment to lead their organizations competently and confidently into the future
Additionally, participants in the program may attend up to two modules of the Mini MBA for Nonprofits, free of charge.
Sessions are held retreat-style at the beautiful Riverwood Inn and Conference Center to encourage deep reflection, build peer relationships, and re-energize participants. Apply today to join our next cohort of nonprofit leaders.
*Bell, J., Moyers, R., and Wolfred, T. Daring to Lead 2006: A National Study of Nonprofit Leadership. A publication of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and The Meyer Foundation.
Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas has established itself as one of the premier universities in Minnesota and the Midwest. The business-focused continuing education unit, which is now Executive Education, was created in 1957 by Bishop James Shannon and Peter F. Drucker. There are currently more than 7,000 students engaged in the Opus College of Business’s undergraduate, graduate, executive and professional education studies because they value the emphasis on career preparation and engaging in service to others.