Executive Director Academy

As a new or prospective executive director, you’re probably facing a lot of challenges and urgent questions you’ve never had to tackle before. It’s easy to become overwhelmed just trying to figure out what questions you should be asking yourself, your staff, your board and your donors. That’s why we’ve created this executive director training for you!

Why Train with Us?

For over 30 years, Joining Vision and Action has been fortunate enough to work with some of the sector’s most talented executive directors. We’ve helped them to navigate their biggest concerns and celebrated their accomplishments. And now, we have rolled all of that knowledge into our Executive Director Academy (EDA). By combining our clients’ real-world experience with our own experience as nonprofit staffers, board members and volunteers—as well as the results of extensive research on evidence-informed practices and trends—we have created a five-day leadership training you can’t afford to miss.

What Executive Director Training Delivers

Sessions in our executive director training cover shared leadership, management, governance, fundraising, finances, marketing, grantwriting, program development and evaluation, and more. This training and development opportunity is not the same old boring lecture you’ve experienced before. All sessions include interactive activities, handouts to refer back to, and concrete examples of how these tools can help you succeed as an executive director.

Executive Director Academy EDA Evaluation

Tired of digging for solutions after the problem has already occurred?

Does walking this new path alone sound intimidating?

Are you unsure what your next steps should be?

Changemaker Testimonials

Lillie Ben, Women Warrior Vision

Lillie Ben

I am a big believer of understanding systems and frameworks–the EDA training has provided me with a definitive template for best practices for an executive director. It has helped me understand how much I ‘didn’t know I didn’t know’ going into this work!

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Joel Newton, Edgewater Collective

Joel Newton

The Executive Director Academy was priceless as I started my work as an executive director. The training covered many of the areas of my work as the leader of a nonprofit. I regularly come back to the binder I received in that training to continue my learning.

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More Testimonials

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Our upcoming trainings are listed below. Register today!