Executive Lab: Creating Strong Leadership
Take your executive performance to new heights.
Embrace the challenges and opportunities of leadership from the unique perspective of an Executive Director.
As the most senior leader of your not-for-profit organization, your most important role is aligning your employees, board members and volunteers with organizational goals that deliver your mission. It’s a tall order, and it is achievable. Executive Lab is your first step.
Hear from Executive Lab participants and mentors
Move beyond the technical requirements of your role and maximize your leadership impact. From shaping organizational culture to leading change, from great governance to developing high-performing teams, Executive Lab offers senior leaders a new roadmap that takes their leadership and organization to the next level. You've never experienced a learning opportunity so uniquely focused on the executive role.
How the Program Works
Executive Lab is a seven-month program that hones executive leadership skills and fosters a network of generative, community leaders. Through five, intensive in-class learning sessions participants develop competencies across core areas of not-for-profit leadership. You put your learning into practice through partnership with a seasoned executive mentor, leadership journal practice, and self-paced assignments.
2017 Application Deadline:
March 6, 2017 at 4:00pm PT
2017 Program Schedule:
March 23, 2017 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
April 19, 2017 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
May 17, 2017 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
June 14, 2017 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
July 12, 2017 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
September 6, 2017 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
September 27, 2017 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver
Executive Lab provides coursework, activities, practical tools and mentorship to increase your effectiveness as an Executive Director. You will gain new insights and key skills to effectively align people to deliver your mission. Along the way, you develop supportive relationships and a personal network with other senior not-for-profit leaders.
Who Should Attend
Executive Directors (or Chief Executive Officers, Artistic Directors and Managing Directors etc.) looking to strengthen leadership skills, apply new tools to improve mission delivery, and exchange ideas with a network of not-for-profit leaders. Please note: this program assumes participants have foundational knowledge of good practice in not-for-profit management. If in doubt, please contact Carla Koulas for more information.
- Introduction - the role of the executive in creating mission alignment
This is the first introduction to your peers and mentors and the starting point for a shared learning environment over the next seven months. Your personal leadership assessment, the mentoring relationship and core program concepts are also introduced.
- Personal Leadership – start with personal accountability and self-awareness
This session starts with a focus on discovering your leadership style and strengths and then allows you to discover new ways to practice personal leadership to further the mission of your organization.
- Leading a Culture – uphold the vision, mission and values of your organization
This session enhances your role as leader of your organization’s culture. You will examine how culture is practiced at your organization, and identify ways that your leadership approach can best engage people in maximizing organizational performance.
- Introduction to Coaching – hold others capable for achieving success
In this highly-experiential session, you will have the opportunity to practice coaching skills and experience being coached. Learn how to use coaching conversations to support team members to generate their own solutions to workplace challenges.
- Leading Others – inspire excellence, create collaboration and support others to lead
This session introduces you to tools you can use to develop leaders at all level of your organization. Learn critical skills to foster accountability and excellence in others, and empower everyone in your organization to contribute to the mission, whether individually or part of a team.
- Leading Change – drive execution and innovation
This session builds your ability to lead change and manage transition in your organization. You will discover the key leadership skills required to create change that works.
- Review & Celebration - reflecting on the journey
This is your opportunity to identify and celebrate how you have taken your leadership and impact to the next level over the course of seven months.
What are my responsibilities?
Along with attending the seven sessions you will:
- Complete the Strength Deployment Inventory leadership assessment
- Establish personal leadership learning goals
- Work towards your personal leadership learning goals with a seasoned executive mentor, meeting in-person or by phone once per month
- Complete assigned tasks and activities
- Keep a journal of your experiences in between sessions
- Develop a case study related to one of the topics, to be incorporated into the program activities
The fee to participate is $2875.00.
2017 Application Deadline: March 6, 2017 at 4:00pm PT
Application must include:
- Resume including your professional and volunteer experience
- Letter of support from your Board Chair, outlining the expected benefits to the organization
March 6, 2017 at 4:00pm PT
March 23 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
April 19 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
May 17 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
June 14 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
July 12 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sept. 6 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sept. 27 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Kathi Irvine is the founding partner of The Watershed Group, an organizational development consulting firm that works to engage people and transform organizations. Kathi has been educated in Canada and the US, she has an undergrad in business, a graduate degree in organizational leadership, and a certificate in dialogue and negotiation. She is an advocate for community involvement; she recently became the past chair of the board of directors for Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. She is also faculty at The Banff Centre’s Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute.
Martha Sales is an Executive Coach who has a steadfast belief in her clients’ capacity to excel. Martha believes achievement is a powerful catalyst in sustaining change and therefore creates environments where individuals identify key areas for success. To her coaching and facilitation Martha brings a strong compliment of skills and competencies. Martha’s 20 years as a Senior Operations professional in the financial services sector, with over 4,500 hours of project leadership, gives her breadth of knowledge of organizational and interpersonal dynamics.