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Columbia Business School

Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals

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Jan 6—Apr 24, 2020
20 daysModules info
New York, New York, United States
USD 11250
USD 562 per day


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About the course

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 21-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.


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.

The Senior Leaders Program focuses on giving participants the time and tools to determine their approach to leadership and further maximize individual, team and organizational performance. The program’s design ensures significant short- and long-term benefits for participants and their organizations in a variety of ways:

  • Share experiences and learn best practices in small-group sessions with fellow participants and Columbia Business School faculty
  • Create an individual impact plan for their organization or a unit thereof
  • See new ways to deliver on their missionEffectively facilitate cross-functional collaboration
  • Gain an expanded network of peer leaders and Columbia faculty

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

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

Who should attend

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 include executive directors, deputy and regional directors, and other senior administrators.

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