Successfully Navigating Leadership Transitions

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We are excited to share news of the California launch of What’s Next: Leading a Thriving Transition, a program for long-time nonprofit leaders who anticipate transitioning out of their leadership roles within the next five years.

We know that leadership transitions — especially those of long-time leaders — raise specific challenges and opportunities for executives, boards, and organizations. This three-day program helps. It helps late-career leaders to explore their legacy; supports boards in preparing for new leadership; and strengthens organizational readiness for change.

Each What’s Next program invites executives to two intensive retreats bolstered by coaching and a peer network that encourages thoughtful reflection on preparing for change. Leadership transitions may be inevitable but there’s no reason why well-planned transitions have to remain as rare as they currently are in the nonprofit sector.

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund partners with The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, The Durfee Foundation, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in order to offer What’s Next: Leading a Thriving Transition sessions in California for the first time. We’re doing this because we believe well-considered leadership transitions ought to be the norm.

As some leaders may not yet be ready to broadcast their plans, inquiries about or participation in this program will be kept entirely confidential. All inquiries and participant selection will be managed by Third Sector New England, the organization that has provided this program to more than 65 leaders to date.

Northern and Southern California sessions of What’s Next: Leading a Thriving Transition are open to late-career leaders from any nonprofit sector, but space is limited.

Cohorts will meet in:

  • Petaluma, March 20 to 22 and June 11 to 13
  • Santa Barbara, March 14 to 16 and June 4 to 6

The deadline to submit applications is February 8, 2017.

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