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We identify professional development offerings that address the topics and skills most requested by LeaderBridge leaders, including: fundraising, financial management, board and staff development, organizational change, succession planning, communications strategies, self-care, and more. 

LeaderBridge works to increase access to these programs for nonprofit leaders underrepresented in local leadership by making them available at free or reduced rates through support from the Crimsonbridge Foundation and other philanthropic partners.


Executive Preparation Institute

Offered by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement

The Center’s Executive Preparation Institute (EPI) participants have a chance to listen to industry experts about all facets of nonprofit leadership. The program is comprised of seminars, guest speakers, panel discussions and group interaction to ensure maximum learning.


Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI*) Leadership Series

Offered by Equity Through Action

This virtual Leadership Series will explore how JEDI* can be defined and demonstrated within organizations. Through an interactive approach, course participants will explore how to win board support to promote inclusivity, address accountability, identify short and long-term solutions by utilizing benchmarking tools.

Positive Intelligence (PQ) Mental Fitness Program for Executive Directors 

Offered by Bob Wittig Nonprofit Coach and Consultant 

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This six-week program is based on the book Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine. The program helps leaders increase self-awareness, develop and strengthen self-command, and build mental fitness muscles that enable them to stop negative thinking and self-limiting beliefs that lead to reactive and negative responses to people, situations, or challenges. Participants learn how to handle challenges with positive emotions and a clear and calm mind, unlocking their potential (and that of their teams) as leaders.  


BIPOC Leadership Development Program 

Offered by Catalogue for Philanthropy 

This professional development program is designed to prepare nonprofit leaders for Executive Director roles. This cohort is specifically for nonprofit leaders who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic or Latinx. This six-month cohort draws on Catalogue for Philanthropy’s professional development curriculum and antiracism curricula developed in collaboration with leaders and experts in the area. Topics of discussion include fundraising, board engagement, communication strategy, and more. 


Executive Director Cohort Program 

Offered by Catalogue for Philanthropy 

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catalogue for Philanthropy launched cohorts to create a space for nonprofit Executive Directors to build community and network. These cohorts meet bi-weekly for three months initially. Participants then have the opportunity to renew for a second three-month cycle. The agenda is participant-driven and has covered topics such as staff engagement, major donor outreach, remote operations, and self-care topics like dealing with the stress and fatigue of leading an organization through the pandemic. Catalogue staff actively facilitate all cohorts. 

Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate  

Offered by Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership 


Designed to strengthen the leadership and management capacity of individuals working in or with nonprofit organizations, the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate gives participants the skills necessary to respond to the complex challenges and opportunities facing their organizations and communities. 

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Public Narrative Training 

Offered by Inspire Leadership School 

Public Narrative is the art of telling stories that inspire and motivate people to achieve a collective goal. A compelling leadership story conveys shared values, collective agency, and hope for the future. This three-part workshop is modeled after Harvard Kennedy School Professor Marshall Ganz's leadership framework and uses the pedagogical approach of explain, model, practice, debrief, then repeat. Light on theory and rich in practice, this training teaches participants how to tell the Story of Self, Story of Us, and Story of Now. This virtual program is open to nonprofit leaders in any stage of their careers, including those in operations, development, programs, and executive leadership roles. 


Rising Leaders Program  

Offered by Leadership Greater Washington 

Rising Leaders Program provides early-career or management professionals the tools they need to succeed as leaders. Through engaging activities and discussion, the five-month program teaches skills essential to professional development and leadership. Participants gain insights and experience they can apply in any professional environment.  


Emerging Leaders Program 

Offered by Leadership Montgomery 

Emerging Leaders Program is a nine-month, dynamic, professional development program that provides mid-level professionals between 25-35 years of age with the skills and connections necessary for success. Participants hone critical skills such as public speaking, negotiation, conflict resolution, and relationship-building. They are paired with a mentor and gain unique exposure to the issues and key players shaping Montgomery County. 

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The Emerging Leaders Program has been one of the most rewarding experiences. One of the most impactful parts of the program is the opportunity to have a mentor. The staff at Leadership Montgomery did a wonderful job pairing me with an impactful mentor whose career trajectory is one I aspire to reach. I am excited to continue engaging with my mentor and those in my cohort beyond the end of the program.

Alycia Chuney, LeaderBridge 2020
Emerging Leaders Program

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