Resilient and courageous leadership in a changing world.

CRE’s Leadership Caucus is a renowned and well-respected leadership development program started in 2005. Since its inception, we’ve trained hundreds of nonprofit leaders throughout New York City. Given the current challenges facing our communities and organizations, we’ve redesigned and refocused this year’s Leadership Caucus to help leaders during these difficult times.

Over the course of seven months, you will participate in a series of hybrid sessions with a cohort of similarly situated nonprofit leaders to enhance the awareness of your leadership style and identity, strengthen your overall leadership capabilities, and provide perspectives and insights on the challenges facing our communities and organizations.


What You’ll Experience

The Leadership Caucus is designed around three core components:

1. Issue Discussions are experiential, workshop-style sessions with the full group of Leadership Caucus participants. These sessions will introduce concepts, skills, and tools to help participants understand, discuss, and address critical issues. There are eight (8) Issue Discussions scheduled over six (6) sessions.


2. Action Learning is focused on peer-sharing and peer-learning in smaller, assigned teams of 5-7 participants. These sessions will help you learn to coach and support one another on the challenges you identify as priorities, and to get practical advice and suggestions from colleagues about those priorities. There will be four (4) Action Learning sessions with your small team.


3. 360° Feedback and Individual Coaching will help you gain a 360 degree perspective on your leadership using feedback, and explore key insights and learning opportunities. With your assigned coach, you will have the individualized space to reflect on the knowledge, practice, and support you need to move your organization forward and to thrive as a leader.


All sessions will be hybrid — a combination of virtual and in-person sessions. For the virtual sessions, we require that participants have their video cameras on for all of the Leadership Caucus sessions so that we can build strong connections with each other and engage in meaningful discussions.


Who Should Apply

The Leadership Caucus is designed for early-career executive directors and qualified senior leaders. If you are a new (or relatively new) executive director who is eager to explore and strengthen your leadership, especially during these difficult times, then this program is for you.  Or if you are a senior staff member with at least three years of experience in a senior management role (and perhaps a next step for you is an executive leadership role), then this program is for you.

It is expected that accepted participants will attend the majority of the sessions (and not miss more than two of the scheduled sessions).


How to Apply

The total number of available spaces for the Leadership Caucus are limited. Our goal is to pull together an engaged, inquisitive, and supportive cohort of peers who will not only benefit from the sessions, but who will also contribute to the sharing and learning of all.  Your commitment to not miss more than two (2) sessions will factor into our cohort decisions.


We are not currently accepting applications for Leadership Caucus.

CRE’s Leadership Caucus applications typically open during the Fall/Winter. Please stay tuned for announcements on the next cohort cycle.



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