Executive Education Offerings

Thanks to our partnerships with Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business, we offer exclusive scholarship opportunities for our members to attend executive education programs at these institutions. We sponsor up to three local leaders annually because we believe in the importance of continued education and professional development in the nonprofit sector. Recipients must be current members, have a strong connection with CEN, and be able to demonstrate how this opportunity will maximize their community impact. Although applications are open to our entire member community, preference is often given to those that have participated in CEN's Leaders Institute. Check out the opportunities below!


Stanford Business Course:

Executive Program for Nonprofit Leadership




Program Details

Each year, we offer one of our members a 50% scholarship to the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders (EPNL).  This course is a ten-day residential program designed to further the professional development of leaders in the nonprofit sector. Led by a strong sense of mission and vision, the EPNL course brings together leaders from social and human services, health care, community development, arts, environment, and education organizations to further their professional development and build an enduring network. Drawing on leading-edge research, and taught by Stanford faculty, this program integrates conceptual knowledge with individual experiences to support participants in their impact on the nonprofit sector.
2019 Program Dates: May 26th - 31st
Learn more about Stanford's EPNL
CEN scholarship applications are due March 12, 2019
Interested in applying? CEN Members, please email larissa@cen.org.


"Attending the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business was an absolutely amazing experience! You immerse yourself in an experience where you not only learn from some of the best professors on campus, but you truly develop relationships with other nonprofits from around the world while you share and learn alongside of them during the program. I picked up valuable information that I can implement right away, use down the line and in some cases just when needed. I recommend the program to any and every nonprofit leader that wants to take another step in professional development.”

- Jason Minsky, Executive Director of Christmas in the Park


Harvard Business School Course:

Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management






Program Details

CEN provides two partial scholarships for our membership, annually, to access this incredible program. The Harvard Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Course (SPNM) is a week long executive education and leadership development program offered by the Social Enterprise Initiative. Participants will explore proactive methods for anticipating the evolving requirements of nonprofit leadership, gain a great understanding of fiscal management and accountability, and identify the characteristics of high-performing nonprofits. The program is designed for EDs/CEOs of nonprofit organizations and is taught by a team of faculty members from HBS and other graduate schools within Harvard University.
2019 Program Dates: July 14th - 20th
Learn more about Harvard's SPNM
CEN scholarship applications are due February 25th, 2019
Interested in applying?  CEN members, please email larissa@cen.org.

"My experience attending the HBS Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management was beyond expectation – it was completely life changing. I have always approached my work with great enthusiasm and optimism but in just a few short hours of the 7 day course I knew my commitment to work in this industry would be turned into overdrive. The course, led by amazingly gifted and inspirational professors, had me laughing, crying and deepening my understanding of the impact I could have as a leader. Those of us who choose to work toward social benefit have taken on the “hardest” work in our society – work that most ignore because of the extreme challenges – but work that changes lives and changes the world. Thank you CEN for providing today’s leaders with the support and resources to bring attention to THE most necessary work."

- Sonja Palmer, Executive Director of Music for Minors