At GCN, we’re always looking for new ways to support every nonprofit’s journey to become a high-performing organization, using surveys, focus groups, and interviews to identify your most pressing needs, and what’s needed to fulfill them. One gap we hear about repeatedly: A lack of opportunities for chief executives to connect and discuss the real-world, real-time issues facing them.
To answer that call, we put together an informal advisory board of member CEOs to help us develop a new opportunity for addressing individual challenges together. The result is our new member CEO Forum, a series convening peer-led presentations and discussions that assess where we stand as a community, share what we’re doing successfully, and answer questions about immediate needs.
We launched that series in February 2016, joining with The Bridgespan Group and Camp Twin Lakes for a workshop that gave participants experience with talent development planning tools and a vibrant conversation about real challenges facing organizations and CEOs. Our 34 participants left the half-day event with a new way to think about retaining their people, techniques for developing homegrown leaders, and the practical experience to assess their on-hand talent.
The CEO Forum series, based in dialog and experience-tested knowledge, has initial plans for two events a year. We’re excited to build momentum, and ensure the series maintains its vitality, by asking you to co-create the program along with us.
We invite GCN member CEOs to take our CEO Topic Survey, focusing on five areas of leadership, and let us know what you’d most like to learn about. The more specific you can be, the better: Along with our steering committee, forming now, we’ll develop a program that speaks directly to your priorities.