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Strategic Planning ABCs

Strategic Planning ABCs

Wednesday, March 29 @ 1:00pm

A strategic plan provides high-level direction and ensures effective board governance for an organization.

Learn why having a strategic plan is important to your organization and how this can be achieved. This workshop focuses on the importance of a strategic plan and outlines its components.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session you will begin to:

1. Define the role of the board and the role of management in preparing for and developing a strategic plan
2. Evaluate the differences between a strategic plan and an operational plan
3. Outline different types of environmental scans and their role in effective preparation for strategic planning
4. Describe the five components of a strategic plan for your organization: Vision, mission, success, strategic goals and values

Suggested Participants:

Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations

Topics Covered:

The Importance of a Strategic Plan in Aligning People to Mission
1. Differentiating between fiduciary, strategic and generative modes of governance
2. To align ALL of the people in the organization (board, staff and knowledge philanthropists) to the mission of the organization
The Leadership Ladder
1. The big picture – these are all the levels involved in aligning people to mission
2. Examine which parts are board-led and which are staff-led
3. Some of these are part of the strategic plan, some part of the operational plan


1. Participants with a current strategic plan will be able to evaluate the strengths of what they currently have in place and how to evolve it further.
2. Participants new to strategic planning will be able to start the preparation and development of a strategic plan for their organization.
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Sara Wang

Sara is the founder of VIV Coaching for Leadership, Strategic Development, and Change Management focusing on young entrepreneurs, professionals, individuals, small-medium size organizations, and start-ups, and the CEO of iLED, eco-friendly illuminate furniture. She’s also a volunteer mentor at the Women Enterprise Center. She was recently nominated for the Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.

Previously, Sara worked for seven years as the managing director of IMA, a management consulting firm with offices across Europe, Asia, and Latin America, which helps organizations develop international markets in both corporate and non-profit settings. She’s been a management executive and consultant for over a decade. She has worked in multiple fields from Oil & Gas, steel, real estate development, architecture, renewable energy, sustainable development, to art, culture, and the Olympics.

Sara has also actively involved in philanthropic projects particularly in supporting education for underprivileged children and promoting arts. Her projects include the 2008 Olympics and the education of underprivileged and marginalized children in developing countries.

She also holds an MBA in Global Management and a BSc. in Analytical Chemistry from the world’s top universities and business schools. Coming from Paris, France, Sara has been living in Vancouver for eight years.


Mar 29 2023


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Online Learning

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