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Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals


The Senior Leaders Program is a unique and transformative experience, designed to help nonprofit leaders successfully develop their organizations' directions, policies, and programs.

This highly interactive 20-day program is specifically designed to equip senior nonprofit professionals with strategic management and leadership skills. It is ideal for leaders who want to successfully develop their organizations’ directors, policies, and programs.

The program provides participants the opportunity to step back, see the big picture, and develop an actionable plan. 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 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.

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


The program has significant short- and long-term benefits for participants and their organizations.

Participants learn how to:
  • Create an individual impact plan for their organization or a unit thereof
  • Share experiences and learn best practices in small group sessions with fellow participants
  • Maximize individual and team performance
  • Facilitate cross-functional collaboration
  • Gain an expanded network of peer leaders and Columbia faculty

In addition, participants receive these select Columbia Business School alumni benefits upon completing the program:

  • A 25 percent tuition benefit for yourself 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


The Senior Leaders Program helps participants integrate core management fundamentals with practical, strategic applications. Content is reinforced through case discussions, workplace application assignments, and small-group work.


Module I: Creating Strategy
Module II: Managing in the Non-Profit Context
Module III: Designing and Changing Organizations
Module IV: Leadership

Sample Session Titles

  • Designing Organizations
  • Strategy Creation and Implementation
  • Budgeting in Hard Times
  • Building Successful Coalitions
  • Market Segmentation, Positioning and Orientation
  • Mediation Skills
  • Leading and Managing Organizational Change

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.

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:

Brooklyn Navy Yard
City Harvest
Grameen Bank
Harlem Children's Zone
Harlem RBI
Henry Street Settlement
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
New York Cares
Nonprofit Finance Fund
Per Scholas


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.


Related Programs

Other Programs in Social Enterprise:

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  • Leadership Essentials
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  • Negotiation Strategies: Creating and Maximizing Value
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  • 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.


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