Classroom Experience

Here’s how The Center for Social Leadership’s experiential, hands-on philosophy will translate into your classroom experience:

Breakout Sessions:  You will have opportunities to work through some of the specific leadership and managerial challenges you are currently facing in the office through Breakout Sessions where 3-4 other senior nonprofit executives and roving consultants/resource people will dedicate their time entirely to consulting with you and helping you to find solutions to the challenges you’ve identified.

Sharing of Best Practices:  Through facilitated discussions with panels of nonprofit leaders (you will have the opportunity to be on a panel to discuss one of your strength areas) you will distill what truly are the Best Practices in nonprofit leadership. A renowned Best Practices Leader – author, trainer, noted speaker – will lead part of each session and will participate in panels, discussions and Breakout Sessions.

Facilitated Group Discussions: In addition to learning concrete skills crucial to nonprofit management, there will be facilitated group discussions on nonprofit leadership focusing on such key questions as:

  • What are the characteristics of an effective nonprofit leader?
  • How can a nonprofit leader align the organization’s mission, vision and core values with its everyday practices?
  • How do nonprofit leaders maintain balance between their social visions and the other facets of their lives and avoid burnout?

The nonprofit practitioners who visit our classes will not participate using a traditional lecture/’talking heads’ model, but a circular discussion in which you feel included.

Case Studies: Many of the Best Practices Leaders will use case studies of real nonprofit organizations in crisis designed to address common nonprofit organizational issues. The class will first read Part A of the case study – the organization’s history and the current crisis; second, participants will discuss the pro’s and con’s of the options available to the nonprofit director and will share their recommendations for how she or he should move forward. Finally, the Best Practices Leader will share Part B of the case study: what course of action the nonprofit director actually took – and what the consequences were.

Funder Panel: Do you ever wonder what donors are looking for when approached by nonprofit directors – and what turns them off? Now you can ask them! There will be a Funder Panel where 4-5 program officers from major foundations and corporate giving programs visit us for a candid discussion about best (and worst) practices in fundraising.


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    Tony Silard and the Center for Social Leadership are indeed transforming the way nonprofit leaders lead.

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    Tony was the perfect facilitator as he had walked the path I am on…I need more time for myself, I need to find balance and hone skills for my staff. I can learn a lot from Tony’s calmness and integrity.

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    I see myself continuing as an NGO leader because of my skills that I now have after this conference. Tony’s 15 Principles will help me in leading my organization to achieve its vision, mission and goals…This conference was really helpful and it should be organized again for other NGO Directors.

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    I think Tony’s approach was good because we had the chance to discuss the different characteristics of a leader….He made us realize that we all have characteristics of leaders in us.

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    The workshop has really helped me to identify my blind spots. After this conference I will have an inclusive decision-making style. I will avoid the ‘I know it all’ attitude.

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    Tony’s sessions were practical, relevant, thought-provoking and clear. I would have enjoyed more time with him.

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    Tony has a way of being that is authentic and welcoming. His passion and commitment was evident. The approach was powerfully and passionately delivered…The retreat absolutely exceeded my expectations. PASSION and TRUTH are contagious! Tony is an example of a confident, compassionate, gentle person who has made a difference in this world. He is very special and a treasure.

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    The retreat surpassed my expectations! I want more training from Tony, and I’ll even drive for hours to it!

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    I believe that many of us learned a lot more than we anticipated we would. Tony’s workshops fueled conversations that continued through dinners, evening walks on the beach, and late night groups who gathered around wine and intense conversation....Tony helped us regain our focus and renew our passion and vision!

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    I love Tony’s passion for his topic! I also am very inspired by how he merges many cultural philosophies….I like how he makes leadership a ‘concrete’ idea…I wish the retreat had been longer.

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