Executive Lab: Creating Strong Leadership

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Take your executive performance to new heights.

Executive Lab will elevate your leadership skills to engage your board, staff, and volunteers and move your team toward your organizational goals.

Embrace the challenges and opportunities of the Executive Director role. Feel empowered to excel in both your day-to-day responsibilities and the strategic leadership of your organization.

Set yourself up for success. Build relationships with your peers in this cohort-driven program. Discover and foster the leadership strengths that will accelerate your impact as a senior leader in the not-for-profit sector.

Is Executive Lab Right for You?

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are currently in an Executive Director role 
  • Have 3+ years experience as an Executive Director

How the Program Works

Executive Lab is a cohort program with activities, practical tools, and peer relationships to increase your effectiveness as an Executive Director.

Over the course of seven sessions, you will learn concepts and test out strategies and tools to elevate your leadership. The learning doesn’t stop in the classroom though! At the end of each session, you will identify how you want to apply the concepts we explored in your day-to-day work over the next month. We will begin subsequent sessions by sharing the insights you gained from testing out ideas. To support this process, you will have the option to be paired with a Mentor you can meet with once per month. Mentor matches will be announced mid-way through the program.

Program Details

Join Executive Lab to experience 35 hours of in-class learning over seven months.

Application Deadline
September 2, 2019 at 4pm PT

2019 Program Schedule:
September 10, 2019 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Personal Leadership
October 8, 2019 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Strategic & Visionary Leadership
November 5, 2019 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | People Planning and Engagement
December 3, 2019 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | People Development
January 7, 2020 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Change and Conflict
February 4, 2020 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Getting the Most From Your Board
February 18, 2020 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Reflections and Action Planning

Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver 

Price: $2150

Come away with tools to be successful in your role

Executive Lab offers you a roadmap to take your leadership and organization to the next level.

Through Executive Lab you will:

  • Develop a network of peers that understand your current challenges
  • Access leading subject-matter experts and mentors
  • Gain insights into how other Executive Directors and subject matter experts assess, approach and resolve issues
  • Learn best practices, tools and strategies that you can apply in different situations/contexts
  • Experience a combination of instruction, peer, and applied learning

What you will learn

Through interactive, in-class learning sessions, you develop critical leadership competencies across core areas of not-for-profit leadership.

  • Leverage your personal strengths to effectively lead your organization
  • Work and collaborate successfully with your board
  • Apply tools to develop, articulate, and implement your strategic vision
  • Establish frameworks to ensure legal and financial accountability and manage risk
  • Explore techniques for developing a desired work culture
  • Support and foster diversity amongst your team and board
  • Enhance team performance at your organization
  • Apply a coaching lens
  • Build stronger relationships amongst your team, board, and community.

Key Topics Covered

Come away from this program with a concrete understanding of the following topics:

Personal Leadership, Values-Based, Leadership, Strategic and Visionary Leadership, Team Culture and Engagement, People Management, Governance and Board Relations, Organizational Accountability, Change Leadership

Imagine the possibilities of your leadership and vision, with these critical topics in your toolbox!

“For me, Executive Lab opened an entire new way of thinking and approaching problems. It helped me understand my role better, and most importantly taught me that the critical thing to strive for as an Executive Director is alignment.”
-Ana Arciniega, Executive Director, Delta Gymnastics Society

Level up your leadership and grow your confidence as an Executive Director.

For more information, contact:

Niasha Drydgen
Education & Projects Coordinator
(604) 637-8293

 Executive Lab



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

Excel in your role as an Executive Director

Executive Lab

Application Deadline
September 2, 2019, at 4 pm PT

Price: $2150

2019 Program Schedule
September 10, 2019 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
October 8, 2019 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
November 5, 2019 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
December 3, 2019 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
January 7, 2020 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
February 4, 2020 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
February 18, 2020 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm



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After working in London and completing her MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore, Maria Turnbull joined Vantage Point’s team in 2006. Rooted in the not-for-profit sector through numerous leadership roles with the British and Canadian Red Cross Societies, OXFAM and Amnesty International, Maria loves collaborating and exploring partnerships in her role as Associate Executive Director at Vantage Point. She strongly believes that the greatest potential citizens have for positive change in the community is through the not-for-profit sector. Maria has settled on Bowen Island with her husband and two little boys. When she isn't travelling or motorcycling around town, Maria relaxes by skiing, hiking and sailing with her family. Ask Maria about innovative partnership opportunities or how to make an investment in Vantage Point’s mission.


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As Executive Director, Alison Brewin is responsible for executing the Vantage Point’s mission and vision. Alison graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Victoria in 1991 and was called to the Bar in 1992. Throughout the 1990s, she worked in non-profit management, as political assistant to Margaret Mitchell, MP, and was an owner-operator of the Commercial Drive toy store "It’s All Fun and Games". In 1999, Alison joined West Coast LEAF as their Interim Executive Director. As Legal Director and then Executive Director from 2001 to 2011, she led the organization’s work to advance women’s equality in BC. Alison began working as a non-profit management consultant in 2010, eventually leaving West Coast LEAF for a full-time consulting practice. Through her business Alison Brewin Consulting, she supported a broad range of organizations to be the best they can be. Her clients included Vancity, BC Housing, BC Civil Liberties Association, and many more. Alison designed and teaches “Canadian Approaches to Non-Profit Management” in SFU’s Non-Profit Management Certificate Program. Ask Alison about women in leadership, mentor programs, partnerships and collaboration, and strategic planning.

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**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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