Executive Director 101

Your organization is capable of amazing things. Let us support you to achieve your full potential.

Set yourself up for success

Executive Director 101 equips first-time Executive Directors with practical skills and knowledge to succeed in their role.

In this three-day lab, you learn key concepts and develop a 12-month plan for success. Learn the essential components to the Executive Director role to make the learning curve more manageable.


  • New Executive Directors (or Chief Executive Officers, Artistic Directors and Managing Directors etc.)

Program Outline

In this lab we will explore the eight domains of the Executive Director position: Leadership, Governance, Program and Service Management, Human Resources, Fund Development, Financial Management, Community and Public Relations, and Administration.

Location: Online / Virtual
Cost: $599 Non-member / $539 Member

We offer financial support from 25% partial to 100% full coverage  for learning opportunities! Please see our Bursary Programs page for more information.

Bursary Application Deadline: One month before the course start date

Program Schedule

Choose between our spring or fall Executive Lab 101 program.

2023 Spring Program Schedule

May 2, 2023

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

May 9, 2023

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

May 16, 2023

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

2023 Fall Program Schedule

November 15, 2023

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

November 22, 2023

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

November 29, 2023

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meet Our Facilitators

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Program Details

Come away with tangible tools, ideas, and practices to apply in your first Executive Director role.

  • Delve into the key competencies of an Executive Director, and learn how to align them with your personal leadership strengths
  • Assess your personal and organizational competencies across eight functional domains.
  • Share common challenges (e.g. managing board conflict) and discuss strategies for conflict resolution.
  • Create a 12-month plan to support success in your role and organization
  • Expand your network and connect with fellow Executive Directors new to their role
  • Learn from a seasoned Executive Director who can draw on their professional experience

Program Topics

Over the three sessions you will dive into the eight competencies of your Executive Director role:


Financial Management

Human Resources


Program and Service Management

Community and Public Relations



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Are you ready to get started? Register today to begin the path to a leaner leadership approach.

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