1 Dear Nonprofit Leader Last year Mountain States Employers Council partnered with two community nonprofits to create the MSEC Nonprofit Leadership Institute. This year six nonprofits have come together to continue the program. The Institute was developed to acknowledge an increasing necessity for nonprofit organizations to address and plan for the strategic direction of organizational leadership. The inaugural class included fourteen individuals from 12 nonprofits. Participants are praising the year-long experience as one of the most valuable programs regarding of their career development. MSEC is currently planning for a cohort. Investing in the development of individuals who are current Executive Directors, or who have been identified as high potential leaders is a forward thinking strategy that helps alleviate the challenges every organization confronts associated with succession planning, leadership retention, and capacity building. The Institute uses an integrated approach to learning. It combines leadership theory with a blend of assessment, training, coaching, mentoring and assignments to adequately prepare nonprofit leaders with the tools and skills to successfully lead nonprofit organizations. We are inviting you to identify a senior member of your staff that has demonstrated the leadership skills you believe will benefit your organization long term, and have that person submit an application to attend the Nonprofit Leadership Institute. The Nonprofit Leadership Institute tuition of $8,800 is being underwritten in equal parts by the six partners. The cost to your organization is $1,800. For additional information, or to apply to the program contact Evan Abbott , Peggy Penberthy , or Krista Rahe Sincerely, Deborah Dale-Brackney MSEC Linda Childears The Daniels Fund Timothy Schultz Boettcher Foundation David Miller The Denver Foundation Anne Warhover The Colorado Health Foundation Sheila Bugdanowitz The Rose Community Foundation
2 MSEC s Nonprofit Leadership Institute is a one-year comprehensive, integrated leadership development program targeted to executive directors and senior staff management of nonprofit organizations in the Denver Metro Area. It uses an integrated approach to learning that combines leadership theory with a blend of assessment, training, coaching, mentoring, and assignments to adequately prepare nonprofit leaders for the challenges they face on the job. The role of the nonprofit leader is increasingly complex. In a time where the industry is shifting, resources are tight and service demands are high, nonprofit leaders find little time for their own learning. Nonprofit leaders need to enhance their skills, master leadership techniques, and acquire tools to work effectively with boards, constituencies, and staff while building the capacity to influence, develop relationships, and create stable funding. MSEC s Nonprofit Leadership Institute provides leaders the place to learn and grow in order to provide the strategic growth and renewal necessary to assist in their organizations success. Why This Program Is Unique Comprehensive and integrated training, assessments, coaching, assignments, and mentoring make this a rigorous and intense nonprofit leadership development program unique in this community Longer-term exploration of leadership and management with a cohort of like-minded professionals Individualized developmental experience with built-in support for participants through coaching, 1:1 meetings with an organizational learning initiative advisor, peer group support, and mentoring The Ideal Candidate Current Executive Directors or senior level nonprofit leaders Individuals in the leadership pipeline who are committed to staying in the nonprofit sector and are assuming greater levels of responsibility Individuals who are willing to be a part of a collaborative learning group furthering each other s goals and objectives Benefits to Your Organization Deliver higher performance now as well as develop future capacity for leadership in your organization Build high levels of trust and respect within your organization through the strengthening of leadership skills and competencies of your senior leaders Provide the groundwork for achieving the strategic goals of your organization
3 Benefits to the Participant Immediately Applicable Knowledge and Skills Comprehensive feedback from bosses, peers, and direct reports reagrding strengths, areas for development, and impact on the organization Techniques to support effective communication and increase influencing skills Tools to assist in the design and articulation of a clear direction and vision for organizational alignment Nonprofit specific content and facilitated discussions Experience and Practice Action learning skills to achieve immediate solutions to current nonprofit challenges Organizational leadership initiatives that provide a platform to apply the skills and tools learned through the program Support and Feedback An intact peer cohort that enables participants to master concepts of leadership development through the shared experience of their peers in order to diagnose, facilitate, and intervene in their organizations in a new way 1:1 coaching with a certified executive coach Facilitation from faculty advisors on individual projects In-depth discussion and problem solving with program participants Why MSEC for This Program MSEC trains thousands of leaders every year. The faculty for this program have state and national reputations as leaders in the fields of leadership development, coaching, organizational consulting, and change. Each member of the faculty has over 15 years of experience working with nonprofits The leadership development opportunity MSEC offers reflects our 70+ years of professional service to our community
4 This program has been developed for the nonprofit senior leader. It is based on a blended learning approach, providing a multi-dimensional and integrated experience through the following modalities: Kick-off Reception October 28, 2014 The Nonprofit Leadership Institution commences with an orientation reception for participants and faculty. Training Modules Organizational Stewardship November 3 & 4, 2014 Organizational Stewardship provides the foundation for leaders to have more significant and positive impact on their organization s success. Participants will increase their strategic thinking skills, understand how to implement their visions from a systems perspective, establish performance accountability, and improve their ability to proactively plan and lead organizational change. Assessment Center December 16 & 17, 2014 Participants will engage in a series of exercises that are simulations of organizational problems that are familiar to the nonprofit leader. They will then be provided with detailed, objective feedback on their strengths and areas for development in key leadership areas and provided ideas to support them in strengthening those skills. Interpersonal Mastery June 9 & 10, 2015 Interpersonal Mastery focuses on developing and refining the communication skills needed for transformational leadership. Participants will enhance their ability to influence and inspire their organizations, boards, and volunteers through effective dialoguing, building trust and mutual purpose and managing critical conversations. Integration & Closing September 22 & 23, 2015 The program concludes with participants presenting their organizational leadership initiatives, integrating key concepts and skills from the program, making declarations for the future, and celebrating graduation from the Nonprofit Leadership Institute. Personal Mastery March 24 & 25, 2015 Personal Mastery challenges participants to deepen their self-awareness and effectiveness in a safe, evocative atmosphere. Participants explore what it means to lead authentically and intentionally and discover how to consciously learn from their experiences as leaders. Participants will explore their leadership values and compose their vision for leading.
5 Executive Coaching Ongoing Sessions Participants will work with a certified executive coach from MSEC over eight sessions in order to develop skills to guide themselves toward long-term excellence. Problem Solving Sessions January 14, 2015 April 15, 2015 July 15, 2015 Group problem solving sessions will provide participants with tools and methodologies to address challenges leaders face within nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit Business Acumen February 19, 2015 May 21, 2015 August 20, 2015 These short and potent sessions provide nonprofit leaders with foundational nonprofit business skills including budgeting, board governance, and fundraising. Organizational Leadership Initiative Ongoing Project Participants will be asked to take on a meaningful workplace project that will benefit their organizations and provide an opportunity to apply the leadership skills and competencies they are learning in an intentional and focused way. Faculty advisement is built into this portion of the program. Integration and Closing The Nonprofit Leadership Institute concludes by integrating insights, applications and lessons from the field. Participants present their organizational leadership initiatives, and receive feedback from faculty and fellow participants. Graduates are acknowledged in a closing celebration. Tuition The Nonprofit Leadership Institute tuition of $8,800 is being unwritten in equal part by the six partners. The cost to your organization is $1,800.
6 Facilitators and Coaches Evan Abbott, MA, SPHR Evan Abbott is the Director of Organizational Development and Learning with Mountain States Employers Council. He holds a Bachelor s Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver. In addition, he also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. In his 13 years at MSEC Evan has lead professional workshops on a variety of topics including Generations in the Workplace, Motivation and Engagement, Change/Transition management, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as well as various topics related to Leadership & Supervisory skills. He consults with members of MSEC about issues related to training, organizational development, and strategic management. In addition, Evan teaches courses in Research Methods, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior in the College of Professional Studies at Regis University. Deborah Dale-Brackney, M.A., S.P.H.R. Deborah is Executive Vice President and oversees four departments at MSEC: HR Services, Organizational Development and Learning, Outsourced Consulting Services, and Surveys. Deborah has worked with associations on legislative analysis and the development and design of training for state and federal agencies. Deborah also serves on the boards of the Colorado I Have a Dream, Colorado Children s Chorale, and Senior s Resource Center. Eric Daly, M.S., GPHR Eric holds a B.A. in International Studies from the American University in Washington, D.C. and has been involved in the field of training for 15 years. Eric worked as a Team Leader in the National Civilian Community Corps; as a trainer/facilitator in the international organization Up With People; and conducted cross-cultural communication training for the Business Council for International Understanding in Washington, D.C. Presently, he works as a Organizational Development and Learning Consultant at MSEC and has a M.S. in International/Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver. Eric is a certified Integral Coach. Megara Kastner Ph.D. Megara focuses on facilitation, mediation, training, and coaching with executives to front line workers and their teams. She has worked with hundreds of individuals and groups in nonprofits, business, education, and government during the past 15+ years. She is most often an executive coach/trainer for teambuilding, manager support in leadership development, and mediator. Megara specializes in administering developmental behavioral assessment centers. Having worked as an executive director in several nonprofits and mid-management in municipal governments, Megara understands the nuances of leading and managing. Megara holds Ph.D. is in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University.
7 Anitra S. Lesser, M.Ed. Anitra holds a M.Ed. in Organizational Development from Regis University and a BA in both Sociology and Communications from the Lewis and Clark College. She is a certified Integral Executive Coach through New Ventures West and is also a coach for the Profilor 360 feedback instrument for managers and organization leaders. Anitra has been involved in training and development, group facilitation, and management roles for the past 15 years. She currently develops and facilitates training programs and gives presentations in such areas as: effective communication, conflict resolution, change management, leadership, interpersonal and personal mastery, group dynamics, and coaching. Anitra brings a rich and diverse background having worked in leadership and consulting capacities in human services, private education, corporate sales, and trial law. Through executive coaching, Anitra supports individuals in both broadening and deepening their personal and professional development. Peggy Penberthy, M.S., SPHR Peggy holds a M.S. in Educational Psychology and Instructional Design and a B.A. in Communications and has been in the training and development field for 15 years. As a senior consultant and trainer at Mountain States Employers Council, she develops and facilitates training in the areas of leadership, communication, coaching, conflict management, and team building. She is a Certified Professional Coach, working with leaders to enhance their capacity and effectiveness. Prior to joining MSEC, Peggy spent eight years in the advertising industry as a national sales manager and account executive. Peggy also lived in Jakarta, Indonesia where she taught English as a Second Language. Krista Rahe, M.Ed., GPHR Krista holds a M.Ed. in Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change from Colorado State University and has been involved in teaching and training adults for 20 years. Krista is currently a trainer, executive coach, and consultant in the Organizational Development and Learning Department at MSEC, specializing in communications, coaching, leadership, and change. She is a certified Integral Coach and holds a Global Professional in Human Resources designation. Krista has also been involved in the development of MSEC s Leadership Academies. Krista has lived and worked in both Sweden and Japan. Prior to joining MSEC, she was President of Rahe Services for 11 years, a training and consulting business focused on the topics of international marketing, global business success, and customer service.
8 Applicant Information Name Title Organization How many years have you been in the nonprofit sector? Address City State Zip Phone Note: Applications must be received no later than September 26, Background Information Please describe your organization. Briefly describe your current leadership role.
9 What are the skills and competencies that will be required to take your organization to the next level? How do you see yourself participating in the future of your organization? What goals or development areas would you like to work on in this program? What makes this program relevant for you right now?
10 How, and by whom, will you be supported in this program? Thank you for completing the application form. We will contact you for an interview before entrance into the program. Application deadline September 26, You may send in your application in any of the following ways: your application to Fax your application to MSEC s Organizational Development and Learning Department at Mail to MSEC, Organizational Development and Learning Department, 1799 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO
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