LDR is a learning series designed for emerging non-profit leaders looking to build their capacity to manage and lead social change. This is a “learn through doing” opportunity geared to help you grow your leadership skills and your network. LDR leaders (participants) engage in several complementary program components, including The Roundtable, The LDR Project and Individual Leadership Coaching.

The Roundtable

The Roundtable uses facilitated group discussion, practical application of key leadership concepts, self-assessments, individual reflection and small group work. Roundtable sessions focus on tangible results relevant to leadership development.  Key topics include:

  • Visioning
  • Strengths-based Leadership
  • Cultivating Stakeholder Relationships
  • Managing Oneself
  • Inspiring Evangelists
  • Creating Sustainable, High-Performing Organization

The program is professionally facilitated. Participants also learn from special guests from the nonprofit, public and private sectors who attend select cohort sessions to share their insights and experiences.

The LDR Project

During the Program, participants each envision, plan and execute a leadership project based on a business challenge facing their respective nonprofit organizations. This project assignment spans the full schedule of the LDR.  Participants often find it most useful to choose a project that is outside of their current area of expertise.  For example, a participant normally engaged in direct social services delivery may choose an assignment in the housing development or fundraising areas of his or her organization.  

Working directly with the executive director of their organization, participants plan and execute the project, gaining valuable leadership lessons. The staff time and talent put into the project adds value to the nonprofit organization as well.

Individual Leadership Development Coaching

In addition to participating in Roundtable discussions and completing the LDR Project, participants develop individual professional development plans to set a course for ongoing leadership learning. Each participant receives 5 hours of individual leadership coaching related to this plan and to his or her LDR Leadership project.

"It was reassuring and empowering to know that I had someone I could speak to to clarify my thoughts and help guide me along my journey. My coach was really a driving force in encouraging me to challenge my thoughts and doubts about my leadership."

                                                                   - LDR Participant