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The Breakfast Club: Peer Group for New Executive Directors

Whether you are new to the executive leadership role, or simply moving into the position at a different organization, this series is for you! Starting September 14, join us for a monthly breakfast and tap into the collective experience of fellow organizational leaders to explore and discuss issues nearly every new executive faces. The forum provides a safe and reflective environment to ask tough questions and engage in candid dialogue for support.

Each session in this five-part program will be facilitated by an expert in the field to guide conversation and provide tactics on how to deal with each topic. This peer-learning program is designed to help new nonprofit leaders build supportive relationships, exchange ideas, and sharpen their capacity to lead.

Sessions will be held on the second Friday of each month, from September 2018 through January 2019.



September 14, 2018
Your Board: How to develop mutual support and clear roles

Most new executive directors/CEOs need to rely heavily on the board of directors to help them in their early months: to understand the board’s perspective on the strategic plan, for history, and for relationships and introductions. Searching for a new leader requires a greater time commitment from key board members, and afterward it’s tempting for them to retreat when you need them most. Learn to draw them in where you need their help and guidance, negotiate new roles where it will best serve the organization, and navigate the change.

Facilitated by Mary Bear Hughes, Senior Consultant

October 12, 2018
Organizational Culture: Build it right

Leaders are often responsible for shaping the culture, and frequently called upon to change it, in order to improve morale, increase accountability, or achieve organizational goals. But by its nature, culture is very difficult to change: The old saying, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” continues to hold true. This session will cover both the definition of culture and the strategies you can use to change or improve it.

Facilitated by Kathy Keeley, EVP, Programs, and Senior Consultant

November 9, 2018
Overcoming Financial Surprises: Keys to financial vitality

Often during a transition, executives encounter financial challenges that could include unanticipated shortfalls or funding models in need of revitalization.  This session will include tips and tools on how to manage these challenges. Additionally, participants will learn how to build financial vitality throughout their organization.

Facilitated by Elizabeth Runkle, Senior Consultant

December 14, 2018
Change Management: Steps for successful transitions

Change management is more important than ever. We will explore change management that works, how to communicate during change, and what others are doing to prepare their organizations for both anticipated and unanticipated changes.

Facilitated by Kathy Keeley, EVP, Programs, and Senior Consultant

January 11, 2018
Talent Management: Develop the senior leadership team you need

Many new executive directors/CEOs find they lack the senior leaders they need to be successful in the aggressive goals they must achieve for the organization. They may have the subject matter expertise you need in each of their functional areas, but that doesn’t mean they have demonstrated the level of leadership you need for joint decision making, problem solving, and visioning. This session will allow you to define leadership relative to your organization’s needs and develop the senior team to match.

Facilitated by Mary Bear Hughes, Senior Consultant.



Program Stats:


Starting September 14, 2018


8:30 am - 10 am


Georgia Center for Nonprofits
100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30303

Registration Details

Program Fee:
$100 for series

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].