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High Potential Diverse Leaders


Presented by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in partnership with American Express and MailChimp, High Potential Diverse Leaders (HPDL) is a leadership development program designed to provide the rising stars of nonprofit and philanthropy organizations with the skills needed to assume executive-level responsibilities within the sector.

The annual HPDL program is an immersive and enriching experience of training, access, and interaction with nonprofit leaders and opportunities, helping emerging leaders build fundamental leadership skills as they develop their peer networks and support systems. The program includes a customized 360 Leadership Assessment, structured leadership reading assignments, peer-group appointments, and a one-hour executive coaching session. Participants will receive practical tools and knowledge designed to be immediately deployable in your organization.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Applicants must be employed by a recognized 501(c) corporation
2. This program is designed for emerging leaders ranging in levels from program coordinator/assistant, manager, and director. Executive Directors will not be admitted and are encourage to apply to our Nonprofit CEO Peerspectives
3. Applicants need to have a minimum of 2 years employment in the nonprofit sector.



April 12, 2017
Session 1  |  Finding the Leader in You

Includes an overview of the program, including expectations and requirements; key challenges and happenings in the current nonprofit environment; an introduction to fellow participants; and an overview of leadership and what it means to be a leader.

     Read about the experience, highlighted in this NOW article, Finding the Leader in You.

May 17, 2017
Session 2  |  Leadership as a Personal Journey
Leadership is not a destination, it is a journey, and it is not always an easy or popular one. There are times when you will be making tough ethical and moral decisions. You will have to be able to motivate a diverse workforce and champion your team of employees and volunteers. Most importantly, you will need to identify the kind of leader you want to be, and then lay a path to become just that.

June 14, 2017
Session 3  |  Managing Others from both up and down the Chain of Command

Successful managers and leaders create a positive, productive environment that motivates and brings out the best in people while maximizing the positive impact on their organizations. You must be able to get people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, personalities and skills to work together as a team to fulfill the organization's objectives. Ultimately, your success as a manager depends on your ability to manage those above and below you in the chain of command to success.

July 19, 2017
Session 4  |  Leading With Emotional Intelligence

"What Makes a Leader?" is a question every organization needs to answer. According to recent research, effective leaders share a common factor: "they all have a high level of Emotional Intelligence". This course focuses on building an awareness of EI. Participants will gain an understanding for the emotional intelligence competency framework. They will learn to utilize techniques for increasing their level of self-awareness and gain an understanding of how emotions can influence thoughts, behavior, goals, decision-making, and work/ personal relationships. Participants will be able to make the link between emotional intelligence and leadership effectiveness.

August 16, 2017
Session 5  |  Maximizing Your Personal Value

You may excel at your job. You may excel at telling the story of your organization and its mission. But do you have the same passion in managing and maximizing your own personal value? Are you adept at marketing and promoting your own skills and talents, or do you typically put yourself last? Learn how to ensure your own personal impact by communicating your value at work amid increasing pressures to serve your organization and its mission.

September 13, 2017
Session 6  |  Leadership 360: Examining Leadership Style From Multiple Views

Leadership is not measured through a single lens.  Our view of ourselves, our leadership styles and ability to accomplish our mission may vary tremendously from that of others. Through the execution and examination of a 360 assessment instrument this module provides participants with a view of how others view them as leaders providing opportunities to leverage strengths, address weaknesses and discover potential blind spots.

     Read what program alum say about the value of their 360 assessment in 12 Emerging Leaders Speak Up.


Program Stats


  • Begins April 12, 2017

Program Fee:
$499 GCN members
$699 nonmembers

Application Deadline:
April 5, 2017



Meet our HPDL alumni:

Class of 2016
Class of 2015
Class of 2014
Class of 2013

Are you an HPDL?

Contact Nonprofit University at [email protected] or (678) 916-3081 to learn more about the program and how to join the HPDL Class of 2017.