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Executive Director 101 Lab

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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

2021 Program Schedule

May 6, 2021

9:00am – 12:00pm

May 13, 2021

9:00am – 12:00pm

May 20, 2021

9:00am – 12:00pm

Bursary Application Deadline: One month before the course start date

Location: Online / Virtual
Cost: $525

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Andy Price

Andy Price is an engaging and results-focused non-profit executive and fund development advisor. He helps leaders, organizations and teams innovate and develop capacity. Andy brings two decades of experience in Health, Education, International Development, Sport and the Arts in a range of roles from front line fundraiser to manager, director and executive director. He has extensive knowledge of many areas of fund development, board recruitment and engagement, and strategic planning.

Program Details

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

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