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 this unique program with a strong peer support network and the techniques and resources needed to sustain an effective organization. We are currently recruiting for Class 12, which will kick-off September 2018!

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"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...

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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: Rick Williams, 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.


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Next class begins September 2018


Program Cost: $6500 - Scholarships Available!

(Tuition Includes: retreat lodging, meals, leadership assessment, and coaching sessions. Participants also receive a complimentary year of CEN Membership. )


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"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)


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