CEN Leaders Institute

The CEN Leaders Institute, held annually, is an eight-month long (October-May) intensive leadership development opportunity for nonprofit executive directors/chief executive officers in the San Francisco Bay Area. These leaders are brought together on a monthly basis to participate in full-day, high-impact professional development sessions. This established program was built on tested curriculum that can easily be put into practice at any organization. Participants graduate with a strong peer support network and the techniques and resources needed to sustain an effective organization.


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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 (former 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!

High-Level Curriculum - CEN’s leadership experts bring a wealth of nonprofit experience and curate content from the sector’s leading resources to deliver a robust curriculum, which we customize to meet the unique needs of each cohort.

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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Program Details

Schedule: Next class begins October 2020

Tuition: $6,500 - Scholarships Available Thanks to our Sponsors! This includes retreat lodging, meals, leadership assessment, and coaching sessions. Participants also receive a complimentary year of CEN Membership.


2018-19 Program Sponsors:

A special thank you to our 2018 Lead Program Sponsor, The Sobrato Family Foundation. This support allows us to provide significant scholarship funding and will be made available to program participants on a needs basis. 


Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation,  executive coaching will be provided , at no extra tuition cost, for each participant in the 2018 cohort.





"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)