Transforming Not-for Profit Leadership

Governance, leadership, planning, volunteer engagement, and human resources workshops for Vancouver not-for-profit organizations, leaders, board member, executive directors, managers, emerging leaders, volunteers and staffLeadership Principles: cohort based leadership training for not-for-profit manager and staffLeaderShift: advanced cohort professional and leadership development for Vancouver not-for-profit leaders, executive directors, and CEOsBOSS: Building Organizational & Sector Sustainability BC Not-For-Profit Leadership Conference Vancouver BC October 27, 2016Shared Leadership Academy - cohort training on governance and shared leadership for Vancouver not-for-profit board chairs and executive directors or CEOsBasic to comprehensive strategic planning consulting services for BC not-for-profit organizationsNot-for-profit leadership, governance, operations, management, recruitment consulting Board of Director Retreats for BC not-for-profit organizations, governance, leadership



When I joined Vantage Point 10 years ago, overly pessimistic alarm-bells were ringing with stark projections of a not-for-profit leadership “gap” due to a mass exodus of senior leaders. With Baby Boomers redefining “normal” retirement age and exiting at a slower rate than anticipated, not-for-profits are demonstrating a more abundant reality, finding new leaders quickly and effectively, both developing from within and attracting from other sectors. Still, the topic of Executive Director succession in the not-for-profit sector remains a hot topic. Uncertainty breeds a desire to quickly answer complex questions with no simple answers: Should we wait until our longstanding Executive Director or other senior leader gives us notice before we start thinking about creating a succession plan? When and where do we begin to look for a new leader? How do we know what type of leader we will need to lead us into the future?


In this month’s podcast we consider the topic: In-Camera Board Meetings: who, what, why, how? With the drive towards increasing transparency in the governance realm, the use of in-camera board meetings is a hot topic. Shawn Mitchell, expert in not-for-profit governance and leadership, joins me to share his thoughts on how to employ in-camera board meetings to strengthen organizational governance. Shawn is the Executive Director for the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, and a three-term member of the board of MEC, where he also chairs the governance committee.

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  • Envision Financial
  • Humanity Financial Management
  • City of Vancouver
  • The Cooperatprs

Vantage Point is a not-for-profit that is transforming not-for-profit leadership. We deliver foundational, advanced and custom learning opportunities focused on governance, leadership, planning and people engagement for new and seasoned not-for-profit sector leaders, board directors and managers.

Transforming how the not-for-profit sector approaches capacity building can ultimately lead to greater impact and collaboration in the communities and causes they serve. We work with over 3,477 individuals from more than 950 organizations every year delivering interactive learning that is readily put to use in the wide variety of organizations these people lead.

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