Our mission is to improve the long-term sustainability of nonprofit leaders and organizations by offering the highest quality programs, consultation, training and community-building networks.


CEN Leaders Institute

The CEN Leaders Institute is held annually and is an eight-month long intensive leadership development opportunity for 12-15 nonprofit Executive Directors/CEOs in the San Francisco Bay Area. These leaders are brought together on a monthly basis to participate in full day, high-impact, professional development programs.  Participants graduate with a strong peer support network and the techniques and resources needed to sustain an effective organization. We are currently recruiting for the next class, which begins September 2017! More details below, or email jennifer@cen.org to sign up. 




"Participating in Leaders Institute has been a highlight of my time in the nonprofit world.  I learned from inspiring nonprofit and for-profit speakers, and the peer group developed by CEN remains my most trusted "go-to" group for nonprofit expertise."

- Kathy G. Jackson (CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank)


Leaders Institute Program Snapshot...

(Click HERE for a full program description)

Sustainability - Two day retreat lead by Dr. Linda Hawes Clever (author of "The Fatigue Prescription") is focused on how to sustain yourself as a leader so that you can lead your organization for years to come! 

Leadership Development - Participants will take a deep dive into leadership style and will receive a “360 Leadership Practices Inventory” lead by an expert in the Leadership Challenge developed by  Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner.

Peer Networks - Leaders Institute forges strong bonds between the cohorts.  In each session, we practice peer counseling and also strengthen ties through an effective buddy system .  This format creates a valuable long term support network.

Amazing Speakers - Participants will hear the leadership journeys from some of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious leaders in a unique and intimate setting.  Some previous speakers: Carol Larson, Ned Barnholt, Chuck Geschke, Joe Simitian & more!

Personal Coaching - Each participant is also paired with a personal leadership coach for eight   “1 on 1”  sessions.  The coaches mirror what is taught through the institute to further support the participants leadership development.


Email Us to Sign up Today!

(Next class begins September 2017)

Program Cost: $6500 - Scholarships Available!

(Includes retreat lodging, meals, leadership assessment & coaching sessions)

Want to learn more? Contact CEN's Executive Director, Jennifer Simmons (jennifer@cen.org)


"The CEN Leaders Institute was one of the most professional and helpful leadership support programs I have participated in.  I have been able to use what I have learned with my board and staff, and our team has become more strategic and more focused."

- Anonymous (Bay Area CEO)