CEO Conversations: Leading Through Challenging Times

CEO Conversations: Leading Through Challenging Times

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Event details

Monday, February 8, 2021 to Monday, May 31, 2021
9:00am to 10:30am PDT

About this event

Back by popular demand, starting in February 2021, Philanthropy Northwest will continue offering leadership conversations for CEOs. As foundations experiment with new strategies and ways of operating during the continuing global pandemic, these conversations are structured as cohorts so that CEOs can share confidentially and candidly with the same group of peers over time. 

In addition to being a challenging role, serving as a CEO in the philanthropic sector can be isolating and at times, lonely. During the cohort sessions, CEOs will get peer support, receive encouragement during difficult times and consult on the tough topics executives face. Consider joining a CEO cohort as an act of leadership sustainability for your organization. These cohorts provide a safe place among fellow foundation executives to vent, laugh, seek advice, and yes - even cry - and then return to the work re-energized. You'll also receive practical tools to lead through the ongoing multiple crises: managing the pandemic response, addressing systemic racism and dealing with widespread financial shortfalls for communities and organizations. 

Difficult journeys are made easier by joining together with your peers.

When and Where:

Each cohort will meet virtually, in four sessions spread over two months with start dates beginning in February and running through May. We'll customize the focus and content of each cohort's meeting to the specific challenges and work of participants, with more details to follow. Currently, the meeting times and dates are TBD, but after the cohort participants register, a meeting schedule will be determined based on the group's shared availability. 

Sample Session Topics:

These serve as examples of possible discussions. The exact content will be customized to the needs of the participants who sign up for a cohort.

Session 1: In the first session, we’ll spend some time reflecting on how leadership looks different right now and what tensions and challenges your foundation faces in responding to the current events.

Session 2: In this session, we’ll identify leadership strategies and tactics you might test, plus we'll share resources that help foundation leaders navigate uncertainty.

Session 3: In this session, we’ll discuss authentic leadership and how you can show up even more boldly as the kind of leader you want to be.

Session 4: For our final session together, we’ll discuss transitions and transformations. We’ll share frameworks for this and also how your leadership can continue to adapt to the ever-changing world and future.

For more info on what we learned from these cohorts in 2020, read more about the Six Actions CEOs are taking to Meet the Moment.


For Questions or to Register:

The registration deadline is January 29, 2021.

Please email Erin Thomas, vice president of people and culture, to get more information about pricing, format and to register. Our CEO cohorts have filled rapidly in previous offerings, so register early before all slots are filled. Cohort sizes are kept small to create effective discussions and build close relationships. 

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