The Need Leaders of globally oriented social purpose organizations have a unique set of challenges. Through a needs assessment of of international NGOs and leaders in the Puget Sound region and experience with previous GLF cohort groups, we have learned that the following challenges are particularly acute:
Managing organizational and personal challenges as a leader
Exploring new organizational forms, partnerships, and financial (“business”) models
Managing each growth stage of one's organization
Documenting success: outputs, outcomes, impact
Managing complex relationships with Boards of Directors, overseas staff, program participants and advisors, host governments and international funding institutions
The Program Cohorts of 8-10 leaders from globally oriented nonprofits, foundations, and businesses with a social purpose gather over seven months to address management, leadership, and organizational development topics in a trusting peer community. Creative problem solving and real-time application of topics results in personal and organizational growth. Alumni of the program form an enduring community who support each other to improve lives in communities worldwide.
Program retreats and meetings include the following components:
Participant-specific and group-centered problem-solving
The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization (Peter Drucker)
Leadership Assessment and Development
Organizational Health and Development
Building and Supporting Teams and Board
Power and Influence
Evaluation: from outputs to outcomes to impact
Trends, new perspectives and innovation
Each GLF cohort is customized to the particular participants and dynamics of the group. Sessions are highly interactive, featuring case studies, interactive exercises, media, presentations, guest speakers, individual reflection, group activities, and shared readings.
Outcomes of GLF Participation
A locally-based collaborative and trusted learning community of leaders in the global social impact space
Practical skills and knowledge to advance your organization and leadership
New strategic and operational directions for your organization
Greater self-knowledge as a leader
Deeper understanding of current trends, challenges and opportunities in the international organization arena
Schedule and Time Commitment Cohorts meet monthly over a 7-month timeframe:
Month 1: 2-day retreat
Month 2&3: 3-hour meeting
Month 4: 1-day retreat
Month 5&6: 3-hour meeting
Month 7: 2-day retreat
Full participation by each member of the GLF cohort is critical to the development of trusting colleagues and depth of connection. You will be expected to attend all retreat days, and to make every effort to attend the monthly 3-hour conversations in between. Tuition and Fees Tuition and fees for the 7-month cohort program are $3,150. This can be paid either by the cohort participant, their employer, or both. It is strongly encouraged that a participant's employer support their participation in the Global Leadership Forum, at least in part. GLF is willing to work with participants on flexible payment plans. Limited scholarship funding may be available.
Joining a GLF Cohort GLF participants are recruited through direct invitation, referrals, self-nomination and requests for participation from appropriate organizations and individuals. Selection is based on commitment to international development through the nonprofit or social purpose sector and leadership potential.
Ready to join a Global Leadership Cohort? Contact Kim Rakow Bernier at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn of upcoming information sessions or set a time to meet with a leadership team member and request an application form. Program admission is on a rolling basis until cohorts are filled.
We are careful to compose cohorts that will work well together. Your application, attendance at an information session or conversation with a member of the leadership team allow us to place you in the appropriate cohort.