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Executive Lab

Executive Lab will elevate your leadership skills to engage your board, staff, and volunteers and move your team toward your organizational goals.

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Heighten your executive performance

Embrace the challenges and opportunities of the Executive Director role. Feel empowered to excel in both your day-to-day responsibilities and the strategic leadership of your organization.

Set yourself up for success. Build relationships with your peers in this cohort-driven program. Discover and foster the leadership strengths that will accelerate your impact as a senior leader in the not-for-profit sector.

Is this the right program for me?

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are currently in an Executive Director role
  • Have 1+ years experience as an Executive Director

How it Works

Executive Lab is a cohort program with activities, practical tools, and peer relationships to increase your effectiveness as an Executive Director.

Over the course of seven sessions, you will learn concepts and test out strategies and tools to elevate your leadership. The learning doesn’t stop in the classroom though! At the end of each session, you will identify how you want to apply the concepts we explored in your day-to-day work over the next week. We will begin subsequent sessions by sharing the insights you gained from testing out ideas.

Application Deadline: To be confirmed

Bursary Application Deadline: 1 month before course start date

Location: Virtual/Online
Cost: $1725 (includes $150 SDI 2.0 assessment)

2021 Program Schedule

September 16, 2021

9:30 am – 3:00 pm | Personal Leadership

September 23, 2021

9:30 am – 3:00 pm | Getting the Most From Your Board

September 29, 2021

9:30 am – 3:00 pm | People Planning and Engagement

October 7, 2021

9:30 am – 3:00 pm | People Development

October 14, 2021

9:30 am – 3:00 pm | Change and Conflict

October 21, 2021

9:30 am – 3:00 pm | Strategic & Visionary Leadership

October 28, 2021

9:30 am – 3:00 pm | Reflections and Action Planning

Join Executive Lab to experience 35 hours of in-class learning over seven weeks.

Martha Sales

Sept 16, 2021 – Personal Leadership

Martha Sales is an executive and leadership coach and founder of Achieve Your Mark. In her pursuit to align passion and purpose, in 2010 Sales initiated a career transition leaving her corporate life…

Kyla Epstein

September 23, 2021 – Getting the Most From Your Board

Kyla Epstein (she/her) is the Member Engagement Officer at the BCIT Faculty & Staff Association. With two decades of experience in non-profit administration, governance, fundraising…

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Dana Osiowy

September 29, 2021 – People Planning and Engagement

Dana Osiowy has more than 20 years’ experience as a people engager throughout the not-for-profit sector. As a youth services manager and a funding liaison for a crown corporation…

Eyob Naizghi

Oct 7, 2021 – People Development

With over 25 years’ professional experience in not-for-profit leadership roles, Eyob has a wealth of expertise surrounding many areas of the sector. From Board governance, to financial procedures…

Sylvia Ceacero

October 14, 2021 – Change and Conflict

Sylvia Ceacero has extensive experience in the management and oversight of non-profits and for profits, large and small. Her experience expands more that two decades and it is national, provincial…

Carmen Lansdowne

October 21, 2021 – Strategic & Visionary Leadership

Carmen Lansdowne, Kwisa’lakw, is a member of the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) First Nation and is adopted into the Ḵwikwa̱sut̕inux̱ Haxwa’mis First Nation. Since early 2017, Carmen has served…

What tools will you gain from this lab?

Executive Lab offers you a roadmap to take your leadership and organization to the next level.

Through Executive Lab you will:

  • EDevelop a network of peers that understand your current challenges
  • EAccess leading subject-matter experts and mentors
  • EGain insights into how other Executive Directors and subject matter experts assess, approach and resolve issues
  • ELearn best practices, tools and strategies that you can apply in different situations/contexts
  • EExperience a combination of instruction, peer, and applied learning

What will you learn?

Through interactive, in-class learning sessions, you develop critical leadership competencies across core areas of not-for-profit leadership.

  • ELeverage your personal strengths to effectively lead your organization
  • EWork and collaborate successfully with your board
  • EApply tools to develop, articulate, and implement your strategic vision
  • EEstablish frameworks to ensure legal and financial accountability and manage risk
  • EExplore techniques for developing a desired work culture
  • ESupport and foster diversity amongst your team and board
  • EEnhance team performance at your organization
  • EApply a coaching lens
  • EBuild stronger relationships amongst your team, board, and community.

Program Topics

Come away from this program with a concrete understanding of the following topics:

Personal Leadership

Value-Based Leadership

People Management

Strategic & Visionary Leadership

Team Culture & Engagement

Governance & Board Relations


Organizational Accountability

Change Leadership

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