The Great Leaders Program is an executive certificate program; participants successfully completing the program will be awarded a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College.

This program includes: 501(c)3 charitable human service and arts organizations; social welfare advocacy organizations, 501(c)4s; and business and membership associations, 501(c)6s.

It is designed primarily for career nonprofit professionals, however, leaders from government and business who have an interest in pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector will also be considered; especially if they have volunteer experience in nonprofits. Individuals whose relevant experience is largely as a volunteer, especially on boards of directors and other high level positions, will also be seriously considered.

#TheGreatLeadersProgram #TGLPMarxe has three distinctive features for high-impact learning:

(1) Active learning, where background material is provided to participants in advance of each session and face-to-face classroom time focuses primarily on performing leadership tasks (Examples: participants will constitute a board of directors and work with a CEO; participants will make an “ask” for a major gift). Formal lectures constitute no more than one-third of time in short courses.

(2) Peer learning, where participants will learn from one another through the discussion of decision-forcing cases, in-depth case studies, simulated leadership situations, and sharing of their own management experiences.

(3) A synthesizing “Capstone” experience, where small teams of participants will solve important leadership issues facing nonprofit organizations in the New York metropolitan area, from organizational strategy to fiscal stress.

The Great Leaders Program consists of three different venues:
(1) Short Courses are the primary learning vehicle, consisting of two or three modules each.
(2) Onesies are intensive presentations by subject matter specialists; includes a Q&A.
(3) CEO Perspectives find participants engaging with current and former nonprofit CEOs to share their "view from the top" and experiences as well as their perspectives on career management and executive search.

Courses are taught on an intensive basis from the perspective of what a CEO needs to know and do.

The Program focuses on these subjects:

The Roles of a Nonprofit CEO and Top Management Team
Working with the Board of Directors
Strategic Management and Planning
Budgeting and Financial Management
The Digital Executive
Leaders as Communicators
Fundraising From a CEO Perspective: Major Gifts and Annual Campaigns
Fundraising: Foundation Relations and Grantsmanship
Government Contracting
Evaluating Programs
Human Resources Management
CEOs as Change Masters
Managing Yourself: Self-Awareness and Reflection

Capstone Project Advisor Doctor James McCarthy

Program Leadership

Frederick S. Lane, Ph.D., is Academic Director of The Great Leaders Program and Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs at Baruch College.He is also a Faculty Fellow in the Marxe School’s Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management and a consultant in the management of nonprofit organizations.

"Not surprisingly, The Great Leaders Program is all about leadership. Our definition stresses influencing others to achieve shared goals. This approach is embedded throughout the courses and other activities.The goal is to positively impact the expectations and actions of the many stakeholders in any nonprofit organization.

We will be talking about:

  • championing a vision for nonprofit organizations
  • communicating effectively
  • clarifying how to achieve organizational goals
  • empowering other organizational participants
  • representing your organization in the network of groups with which it works as well as interpreting that world to your group
  • orchestrating change
  • making a real contribution to our society

Always adapting and pursuing organizational purpose, Great Leaders are part builder and part coach, part advocate and part poet."
---Frederick Lane, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and Academic Director, The Great Leaders Program

Attend our free Leadership Webinars and learn more about The Great Leaders Program; or inquire by emailing or calling (646) 660-6827


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