Executive Director 101

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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.

Is Executive Director 101 Right for You?

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

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
  • Administration

2022 Program Schedule

May 3, 2022


May 10, 2022


May 17, 2022


Bursary Application Deadline: One month before the course start date

Location: Online / Virtual
Cost: $575

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Janice Boyle

Offering more than 25 years of successful fundraising growth and development, 22 years at a senior management level. Highly successful in developing and retaining strong and effective teams. Results focused, with a passion for setting and achieving targets supported by sound planning. Well rounded fundraising experience, overseeing direct mail, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, special events as well as donations processing, agency communications and volunteers. Skilled at building relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including donors, board members, volunteers, colleagues, clients and suppliers.

Program Details

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

  • PDelve into the key competencies of an executive director, and learn how to align them with your personal leadership strengths
  • PAssess your personal and organizational competencies across eight functional domains.
  • PShare common challenges (e.g. managing board conflict) and discuss strategies for conflict resolution.
  • PCreate a 12-month plan to support success in your role and organization
  • PExpand your network and connect with fellow executive directors new to their role
  • PLearn 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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