What is Cenla Execbuilders?
Cenla Execbuilders is a leadership development program designed to identify and develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed and action-oriented leaders in the nonprofit sector of Central Louisiana who will have maximum impact on the communities and constituents they serve in an environment of change and competing priorites.
Who Should Participate?
The program provides a unique opportunity for Executive Directors in Cenla, regardless of experience level, to become more effective in their role as leaders of local nonprofit organizations, including:
New Execs identified as "emerging leaders" in need of an orientation to their new nonprofit role
Experienced Execs looking for professional development to enhance their skills and knowledge
How Does the Program Work?
Cenla Execbuilders uses a combination of intensive training, professional coaching and peer networking opportunities grounded in adult learning methodologies.
The program offers two learning tracks for participants:
Track I for ED's who are only seeking training and,
Track II for ED's who are seeking training supplemented with professional coaching support.
All participants take part in peer networking. By developing and improving leadership skills, participants will have the opportunity to become part of a close-knit community of skilled leaders and increase their capacity to lead high performing organizations.
Intensive Training Component
Track I & II participants attend 3.5 full-days of intensive, leadership training over a two month period. The training is design for participants to develop skills to lead nonprofit organizations and managing the ever changing environment in which nonprofits operate. The training topics are presented in a systematic order to reinforce the knowledge and skills from the previous topics providing opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and their skills while developing and applying new knowledge and skills grounded in current best practices. By the end of the training program, participants will have developed their individual Leadership Action Plan to guide their work in their nonprofits and the community.
This component will involve offering professional coaching to Track II participants who request this service during the application process. The coaching will be designed to support implementation of the acquired leadership skills and utilization of mentoring skills to inspire emerging leaders within the Executive Director's community and nonprofit. Prior to the completion of training, a coaching schedule will be established for each participant. Coaching sessions occur twice a month over a three month period following training.
Peer Networking Component
Additionally, both Track I & Track II participants will take part in quarterly peer networking to help in
sustaining newly acquired skills. The first networking session will occur at the close of the coaching services for Track II participants. The second networking session will occur three months later. Facilitated networking should assist participants with (1) exploring solutions to common concerns and challenges; (2) sharing learning and resources across peers; and (3) building partnerships and collaborative relationships between like-minded leaders for the purpose of enhancing leadership and organizational effectiveness.
Nonprofit partners/boards can encourage their local Execs to take advantage of this free, meaningful professional development opportunity to enhance their leadership skills. Sponsorship includes approving the Executive Director to take part in training during business hours and allowing time to access coaching services.
Effective community leaders build healthier communities.
To participate in the 2013 program either as a participant or nonprofit partner, complete the online application or call 318.443.7880/1.800.803.8075 to obtain additional information.