Executive Director 101 Lab

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Set yourself up for success as a new executive director.

Executive Director 101 equips first-time executive directors with practical skills and knowledge to succeed in their role.

In this three-day lab, you learn key concepts and develop a 12-month plan for success. Learn the essential components to the executive director role to make the learning curve more manageable.

Is Executive Director 101 Right for You?

Audience: New Executive Directors (or Chief Executive Officers, Artistic Directors and Managing Directors etc.)

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are within the first 12 months of your first executive director role
  • Are starting an executive director role in the next few months
  • For more experienced executive directors seeking ED-specific training, we highly recommend applying to our next cohort of Executive Lab.

Program Details

May 6, 2021 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
May 13, 2021 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
May 20, 2021 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

CoV Bursary Application Deadline: May 8, 2021 | 4:00pm

Price: $525
Location: Online / Virtual

Facilitator: TBC

Program Benefits

Come away with tangible tools, ideas, and practices to apply in your first executive director role.

  • Delve into the key competencies of an executive director, and learn how to align them with your personal leadership strengths
  • Assess your personal and organizational competencies across eight functional domains.
  • Share common challenges (e.g. managing board conflict) and discuss strategies for conflict resolution.
  • Create a 12-month plan to support success in your role and organization
  • Expand your network and connect with fellow executive directors new to their role
  • Learn from a seasoned Executive Director who can draw on their professional experience


Over the three sessions you will dive into the eight competencies of your executive director role:

  1. Governance
  2. Financial Management
  3. Human Resources
  4. Fundraising
  5. Program and Service Management
  6. Community and Public Relations
  7. Administration
  8. Leadership

Leadership Principles   Essential for New Managers

Questions about Executive Director 101? Get in touch with us:

Samantha Kannegieter
Education & Projects Coordinator
(604) 637-8293


City of Vancouver Grantee Organizations can apply for a Executive Director 101 bursary via the program's application form. Candidates will be selected by a panel according to specific criteria.


t: 604 875 9144**
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1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5

**Please note: During COVID-19 the Vantage Point team is working from home. Contact information for workshops can be found on event pages, or find a list of our staff contact info here.


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