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 1+ 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 week. We will begin subsequent sessions by sharing the insights you gained from testing out ideas.

Program Details

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

Application Deadline

2021 Program Schedule:
September 16, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Personal Leadership
September 23, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Strategic & Visionary Leadership
September 30, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | People Planning and Engagement
October 7, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | People Development
October 14, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Change and Conflict
October 21, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Getting the Most From Your Board
October 28, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Reflections and Action Planning

Location: Online / Virtual

Price: $1,575

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
  • 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:

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


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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

Price: $1,575

2021 Program Schedule

           September 16, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
           September 23, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
           September 30, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
           October 7, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
           October 14, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
           October 21, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
           October 28, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm






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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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