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OVERVIEW

It’s often said that it’s lonely at the top.

Senior-level leaders in the nonprofit sector can sometimes feel isolated, unsure exactly how to create an effective peer network, and, perhaps most importantly, how to receive honest feedback on their vision and leadership.

The Senior Leaders Program provides an answer.

A unique and transformative experience, the Senior Leaders Program is designed to help nonprofit leaders successfully develop their organization’s direction, policies, and programs – all while building an invaluable network of other nonprofit leaders.

This highly interactive 20-day program equips senior nonprofit professionals with strategic management and leadership skills.

In short, this program is an opportunity for leaders who have mission-wide responsibility – people who are influencing the conversation about the organization’s future – to step back, see the big picture, and develop an actionable plan. They are afforded time to think strategically about how to deliver on their organization’s mission, both now and in the future.

Combining the expertise of Columbia Business School faculty, the core elements of an MBA program, and access to other nonprofit leaders, the program creates a rich learning experience like no other.

Through intensive exercises, faculty interaction, and collaboration with diverse peers, participants learn to integrate theory and practice, giving them tools that are immediately applicable at their organizations.

The modular format – four one-week modules over four months – allows for real-time testing of ideas: roll them out over time, track progress, redefine the challenge, and discover the best solution. Two hours of executive coaching related to a 360-degree feedback tool provide an even more customized experience.

The Senior Leaders Program is part of the Programs in Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School Executive Education.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.
 

Please Contact Us
Please contact Matthew Harty at 212-854-1617 for a personal conversation to learn more.
 

Partners
We are grateful for the support of our foundation partners:

Booth Ferris Foundation
The Clark Foundation
Tiger Foundation
Robin Hood Foundation
Centerbridge Foundation
Pinkerton Foundation
New York Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Real Time Grantmaking Award

BENEFITS

The Senior Leaders Program focuses on giving participants the time and tools to create an individual impact plan for their organization or a unit thereof. In the process of doing so, they will:

  • Share experiences and learn best practices in small-group sessions with fellow participants and Columbia Business School faculty
  • Learn more about how to maximize individual and team performance
  • See new ways to facilitate cross-functional collaboration
  • Gain an expanded network of peer leaders and Columbia faculty

The program’s design ensures significant short- and long-term benefits for participants and their organizations. How? In several ways.

Presenting the highlights of an MBA curriculum, Columbia Business School faculty members encourage participants to interpret and translate research and business practices for use within the nonprofit sector. This access to high-level thought leadership allows nonprofit executives to develop the skills needed to solve challenges they’re faced with every day.

This curriculum is integrated with peer-to-peer interaction and feedback and culminates in a discussion of the individual leader’s personal case.

In addition, a highlight of the program is a 360-degree feedback tool, along with two hours of coaching with an experienced executive coach.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.

Participants who complete the Senior Leaders Program receive these select Columbia Business School alumni benefits:

  • A 25 percent tuition benefit for you and up to four colleagues each year for programs lasting up to seven days.
  • Invitations to alumni events and programs around the world
  • Global networking opportunities
  • Lifetime Columbia Business School e-mail address
  • Access to Columbia Business School Alumni Career Services resources
  • Subscriptions to all Columbia Business School alumni publications
  • Eligibility to join a Columbia Business School alumni club

"The program provided me with academic, administrative, and management tools to spearhead strategic planning in my organization." Felix Urrutia, Executive Director, Police Athletic League

"The program helped me to make strategic decisions based on data." Danielle Moss Lee, President & CEO, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF)

"The program was highly engaging and the learnings enabled me to develop a roadmap for my organization." Manish Naik, CEO Sanjay Foundation for Social Development and Research

"The program has been a transformative personal journey that will enhance my life experience for years to come." Holly Park. Program Director West Side Campaign Against Hunger

CURRICULUM
TESTIMONIALS

The Senior Leaders Program is designed for upper- and senior-level nonprofit professionals who are responsible for directing their organizations' mission, direction, and policies. Typically, participants have at least five years of nonprofit management experience, and include executive directors, deputy and regional directors, and other senior administrators.

 

 

Participating Organizations Have Included:

Achievement First
Bottom Line
Brooklyn Navy Yard
City Harvest
City Year
Easter Seals
The Fortune Society
Grameen Bank
Graham Windham
Harlem Children's Zone
Harlem RBI
Henry Street Settlement
I Have a Dream Foundation
KIPP
Leake and Watts
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
New Visions for Public School
New York Cares
Nonprofit Finance Fund
Per Scholas
Uncommon Schools
Year Up
YWCA

FACULTY

Raymond Horton, Faculty Director
Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance
Bernstein Faculty Leader of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics
Faculty Director of the Programs in Social Enterprise

A lawyer and political scientist, Raymond Horton served as executive director of the Temporary Commission on City Finances during the New York City fiscal crisis for two years while on leave from Columbia Business School. He later served as director of research and president of the Citizens Budget Commission, a public advocate of responsible governance and financial management in New York City and New York State, for 15 years. Horton has also served on a number of private and nonprofit boards, including most recently the Municipal Advantage Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and Community Resource Exchange.

The founder and long-time director of Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Program, Horton serves as faculty director of Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education. In addition to nonprofit management, he also teaches in the field of modern political economy. His writings include numerous books, articles, and reports about state and local finance and politics.

Along with Professor Horton, additional Columbia Business School faculty contribute to and teach in the program.

SPECIAL FEATURES

360-Degree Feedback
One source of learning during the program is the multi-rater assessment also known as 360-degree feedback. Before the program, participants as well as their peers, direct reports, and managers will assess the participant's leadership style. This process enables participants to develop a rich picture of how they are seen, and provides them with the opportunity to enhance their managerial effectiveness. Participants will be coached during the program to develop a plan that is responsive to the feedback. Read a sample 360-degree assessment.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Other Programs in Social Enterprise:

Other Leadership Programs:

  • Emerging Leader Development Program
    Participants focus on leadership, strategy formulation, decision making and negotiating, and change management, and use 360-degree feedback to become stronger leaders.
     
  • High Impact Leadership
    Offers executives a profound understanding of how they are perceived as leaders in the context of their organization through a dynamic mix of lectures, discussions, 360-degree feedback, one-on-one coaching and self-assessment tools.
     
  • Leadership Essentials
    During this two-day program, participants improve their abilities in such areas as team leadership, emotional intelligence, conflict management, and managing change.
     
  • Negotiation Strategies: Creating and Maximizing Value
    Through a hands-on approach, participants learn how to negotiate more effectively with various parties, from clients to internal constituencies.
     
  • Personal Leadership (Online)
    Tools for tangible personal improvements and greater leadership skills through a distinctive set of video-lectures, delivered with a flexible learning schedule and self-reflection exercises.
     
  • Personal Leadership and Success
    Uses breakthrough research in psychology, neuroscience and cognitive behavior therapy to provide techniques for tangible personal improvements and greater leadership skills.
     
  • Persuasion: Influencing Without Authority
    An intensive three-day experience focusing on practical skills for real-world persuasive situations ranging from one-on-one negotiations to driving change in an organization's culture.
     

Program Details

Upcoming Sessions

January 10 - April 15, 2016

 
Held in four, one-week modules
January 10 – 15, 2016
February 8 – 12, 2016
March 14 – 18, 2016
April 11 – 15, 2016

Location:
Columbia University Campus, New York City

Application Deadline
October 21, 2015

Tuition:
$10,000, Tuition assistance may be available.

Includes materials and some meals.

Terms and Conditions

Program Details

Upcoming Sessions

January 10 - April 15, 2016

 
Held in four, one-week modules
January 10 – 15, 2016
February 8 – 12, 2016
March 14 – 18, 2016
April 11 – 15, 2016

Location:
Columbia University Campus, New York City

Application Deadline
October 21, 2015

Tuition:
$10,000, Tuition assistance may be available.

Includes materials and some meals.

Terms and Conditions

Overview

It’s often said that it’s lonely at the top.

Senior-level leaders in the nonprofit sector can sometimes feel isolated, unsure exactly how to create an effective peer network, and, perhaps most importantly, how to receive honest feedback on their vision and leadership.

The Senior Leaders Program provides an answer.

A unique and transformative experience, the Senior Leaders Program is designed to help nonprofit leaders successfully develop their organization’s direction, policies, and programs – all while building an invaluable network of other nonprofit leaders.

This highly interactive 20-day program equips senior nonprofit professionals with strategic management and leadership skills.

In short, this program is an opportunity for leaders who have mission-wide responsibility – people who are influencing the conversation about the organization’s future – to step back, see the big picture, and develop an actionable plan. They are afforded time to think strategically about how to deliver on their organization’s mission, both now and in the future.

Combining the expertise of Columbia Business School faculty, the core elements of an MBA program, and access to other nonprofit leaders, the program creates a rich learning experience like no other.

Through intensive exercises, faculty interaction, and collaboration with diverse peers, participants learn to integrate theory and practice, giving them tools that are immediately applicable at their organizations.

The modular format – four one-week modules over four months – allows for real-time testing of ideas: roll them out over time, track progress, redefine the challenge, and discover the best solution. Two hours of executive coaching related to a 360-degree feedback tool provide an even more customized experience.

The Senior Leaders Program is part of the Programs in Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School Executive Education.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.
 

Please Contact Us
Please contact Matthew Harty at 212-854-1617 for a personal conversation to learn more.
 

Partners
We are grateful for the support of our foundation partners:

Booth Ferris Foundation
The Clark Foundation
Tiger Foundation
Robin Hood Foundation
Centerbridge Foundation
Pinkerton Foundation
New York Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Real Time Grantmaking Award

Program Details

Upcoming Sessions

January 10 - April 15, 2016

 
Held in four, one-week modules
January 10 – 15, 2016
February 8 – 12, 2016
March 14 – 18, 2016
April 11 – 15, 2016

Location:
Columbia University Campus, New York City

Application Deadline
October 21, 2015

Tuition:
$10,000, Tuition assistance may be available.

Includes materials and some meals.

Terms and Conditions

Benefits

The Senior Leaders Program focuses on giving participants the time and tools to create an individual impact plan for their organization or a unit thereof. In the process of doing so, they will:

  • Share experiences and learn best practices in small-group sessions with fellow participants and Columbia Business School faculty
  • Learn more about how to maximize individual and team performance
  • See new ways to facilitate cross-functional collaboration
  • Gain an expanded network of peer leaders and Columbia faculty

The program’s design ensures significant short- and long-term benefits for participants and their organizations. How? In several ways.

Presenting the highlights of an MBA curriculum, Columbia Business School faculty members encourage participants to interpret and translate research and business practices for use within the nonprofit sector. This access to high-level thought leadership allows nonprofit executives to develop the skills needed to solve challenges they’re faced with every day.

This curriculum is integrated with peer-to-peer interaction and feedback and culminates in a discussion of the individual leader’s personal case.

In addition, a highlight of the program is a 360-degree feedback tool, along with two hours of coaching with an experienced executive coach.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.

Participants who complete the Senior Leaders Program receive these select Columbia Business School alumni benefits:

  • A 25 percent tuition benefit for you and up to four colleagues each year for programs lasting up to seven days.
  • Invitations to alumni events and programs around the world
  • Global networking opportunities
  • Lifetime Columbia Business School e-mail address
  • Access to Columbia Business School Alumni Career Services resources
  • Subscriptions to all Columbia Business School alumni publications
  • Eligibility to join a Columbia Business School alumni club

"The program provided me with academic, administrative, and management tools to spearhead strategic planning in my organization." Felix Urrutia, Executive Director, Police Athletic League

"The program helped me to make strategic decisions based on data." Danielle Moss Lee, President & CEO, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF)

"The program was highly engaging and the learnings enabled me to develop a roadmap for my organization." Manish Naik, CEO Sanjay Foundation for Social Development and Research

"The program has been a transformative personal journey that will enhance my life experience for years to come." Holly Park. Program Director West Side Campaign Against Hunger

Program Details

Upcoming Sessions

January 10 - April 15, 2016

 
Held in four, one-week modules
January 10 – 15, 2016
February 8 – 12, 2016
March 14 – 18, 2016
April 11 – 15, 2016

Location:
Columbia University Campus, New York City

Application Deadline
October 21, 2015

Tuition:
$10,000, Tuition assistance may be available.

Includes materials and some meals.

Terms and Conditions

Audience & Testimonials

The Senior Leaders Program is designed for upper- and senior-level nonprofit professionals who are responsible for directing their organizations' mission, direction, and policies. Typically, participants have at least five years of nonprofit management experience, and include executive directors, deputy and regional directors, and other senior administrators.

 

 

Participating Organizations Have Included:

Achievement First
Bottom Line
Brooklyn Navy Yard
City Harvest
City Year
Easter Seals
The Fortune Society
Grameen Bank
Graham Windham
Harlem Children's Zone
Harlem RBI
Henry Street Settlement
I Have a Dream Foundation
KIPP
Leake and Watts
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
New Visions for Public School
New York Cares
Nonprofit Finance Fund
Per Scholas
Uncommon Schools
Year Up
YWCA

Program Details

Upcoming Sessions

January 10 - April 15, 2016

 
Held in four, one-week modules
January 10 – 15, 2016
February 8 – 12, 2016
March 14 – 18, 2016
April 11 – 15, 2016

Location:
Columbia University Campus, New York City

Application Deadline
October 21, 2015

Tuition:
$10,000, Tuition assistance may be available.

Includes materials and some meals.

Terms and Conditions

Faculty

Raymond Horton, Faculty Director
Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance
Bernstein Faculty Leader of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics
Faculty Director of the Programs in Social Enterprise

A lawyer and political scientist, Raymond Horton served as executive director of the Temporary Commission on City Finances during the New York City fiscal crisis for two years while on leave from Columbia Business School. He later served as director of research and president of the Citizens Budget Commission, a public advocate of responsible governance and financial management in New York City and New York State, for 15 years. Horton has also served on a number of private and nonprofit boards, including most recently the Municipal Advantage Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and Community Resource Exchange.

The founder and long-time director of Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Program, Horton serves as faculty director of Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education. In addition to nonprofit management, he also teaches in the field of modern political economy. His writings include numerous books, articles, and reports about state and local finance and politics.

Along with Professor Horton, additional Columbia Business School faculty contribute to and teach in the program.

 

Program Details

Upcoming Sessions

January 10 - April 15, 2016

 
Held in four, one-week modules
January 10 – 15, 2016
February 8 – 12, 2016
March 14 – 18, 2016
April 11 – 15, 2016

Location:
Columbia University Campus, New York City

Application Deadline
October 21, 2015

Tuition:
$10,000, Tuition assistance may be available.

Includes materials and some meals.

Terms and Conditions

Special Features

360-Degree Feedback
One source of learning during the program is the multi-rater assessment also known as 360-degree feedback. Before the program, participants as well as their peers, direct reports, and managers will assess the participant's leadership style. This process enables participants to develop a rich picture of how they are seen, and provides them with the opportunity to enhance their managerial effectiveness. Participants will be coached during the program to develop a plan that is responsive to the feedback. Read a sample 360-degree assessment.

Program Details

Upcoming Sessions

January 10 - April 15, 2016

 
Held in four, one-week modules
January 10 – 15, 2016
February 8 – 12, 2016
March 14 – 18, 2016
April 11 – 15, 2016

Location:
Columbia University Campus, New York City

Application Deadline
October 21, 2015

Tuition:
$10,000, Tuition assistance may be available.

Includes materials and some meals.

Terms and Conditions

Related Programs

Other Programs in Social Enterprise:

Other Leadership Programs:

  • Emerging Leader Development Program
    Participants focus on leadership, strategy formulation, decision making and negotiating, and change management, and use 360-degree feedback to become stronger leaders.
     
  • High Impact Leadership
    Offers executives a profound understanding of how they are perceived as leaders in the context of their organization through a dynamic mix of lectures, discussions, 360-degree feedback, one-on-one coaching and self-assessment tools.
     
  • Leadership Essentials
    During this two-day program, participants improve their abilities in such areas as team leadership, emotional intelligence, conflict management, and managing change.
     
  • Negotiation Strategies: Creating and Maximizing Value
    Through a hands-on approach, participants learn how to negotiate more effectively with various parties, from clients to internal constituencies.
     
  • Personal Leadership (Online)
    Tools for tangible personal improvements and greater leadership skills through a distinctive set of video-lectures, delivered with a flexible learning schedule and self-reflection exercises.
     
  • Personal Leadership and Success
    Uses breakthrough research in psychology, neuroscience and cognitive behavior therapy to provide techniques for tangible personal improvements and greater leadership skills.
     
  • Persuasion: Influencing Without Authority
    An intensive three-day experience focusing on practical skills for real-world persuasive situations ranging from one-on-one negotiations to driving change in an organization's culture.
     

Program Details

Upcoming Sessions

January 10 - April 15, 2016

 
Held in four, one-week modules
January 10 – 15, 2016
February 8 – 12, 2016
March 14 – 18, 2016
April 11 – 15, 2016

Location:
Columbia University Campus, New York City

Application Deadline
October 21, 2015

Tuition:
$10,000, Tuition assistance may be available.

Includes materials and some meals.

Terms and Conditions

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