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Executive Leadership in Nonprofits

Executive Leadership

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23-24, 2017

The complex nature of the nonprofit sector demands that executives have knowledge in a variety of areas such as leadership, board relations, strategy, and communication. The Executive Leadership in Nonprofits program offers executives the opportunity to master the skills necessary to lead their organization successfully and effectively.

Designed specifically for executive leaders in nonprofit organizations, the two-day program includes workshops taught by successful practitioners and respected professors at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.


Registration Information
Registration Type Date and Time Fee
Early Bird Registration Deadline Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 5:00PM CST Program fee $750
General Registration Deadline Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 5:00PM CST Program fee $850
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Executive Leadership in Nonprofits Agenda

Hotel Information

In the link provide below you can find information about reserving a room at the Four Points by Sheraton College Station.

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Who Should Attend

  • Executive directors and CEO’s who manage and lead nonprofits
  • Senior staff and leadership of nonprofits
  • Individuals with strategic decision making authority

Key Program Benefits

  • Maximize leadership skills by developing a deeper understanding of personal leadership style and strengths
  • Engage in critical, decision-making and analyze case scenarios that offer practical advice for solving everyday challenges
  • Enhance communication skills and ability to develop relationships as a mentor and coach
  • Improve strategic planning and learn best practices to maximize your organization’s effectiveness
  • Network and collaborate with peer nonprofit executives to share experiences and engage in meaningful conversation
  • Identify key ways to manage diverse organizations and develop a dynamic team
  • Increase your knowledge of the roles and structures of boards

Program & Admission Details

Admission Process

Early applications are encouraged as the class size is limited in order to maximize group participation. For your convenience, you may register online. Once registered, participants will receive an email verifying registration.

It is expected that program participants will engross themselves in the experience and be free of other duties. Participants are expected to attend all sessions except in the case of an emergency.

Program Fee

The program fee is $850 for general registration and $750 for early bird registration. The program fee covers workshop materials, assessment tools, and most meals. Travel expenses and lodging are the responsibility of the participant. Payment is due in US dollars upon registration and enrollment will not be guaranteed until payment is received.

Attendance requires substantial preparation, thus it is important that you contact us in a timely matter if you must cancel. To receive a full refund of the program fee, notice of cancellation must be received by April 24th, 2017. Participants who cancel after April 24th, 2017 will not receive a refund but may select an acceptable substitute and should inform the program of the change.

The Bush School of Government & Public Service

The Bush School's namesake, George Bush, 41st president of the United States, believed in the nobility of public service, which is the cornerstone of all aspects of the Bush School student experience. Dedicated to developing leaders in their field, the School offers the Master of Public Service and Administration and the Master's Program in International Affairs, as well as graduate Certificates in Advanced International Affairs, Homeland Security, and Nonprofit Management.


Principles of Executive Leadership

Presenter: Dr. William Brown
This session discusses the characteristics and skills of effective leadership in nonprofit organization. Using a competency-based model, Dr. Brown distills some important activities and attitudes of nonprofit leaders. The conversation focuses on functions and activities of executive leaders. Participants benefit from learning and appreciating priorities for effective strategic leadership and are encouraged to consider the extent to which they possess these competencies as well as identify opportunities for growth in their leadership development.

Communication for Executive Leadership: Mentoring & Coaching

Presenter: Dr. Deborah Kerr

Understanding Personal Leadership Styles: Myers Briggs Inventory

Presenter: Holly J. Kasperbauer
The MBTI is the most widely utilized personality inventory in the world and provides a picture of a person's personality type. After completing a brief assessment, your personality will be divided into four different elements. These four elements are the main aspects of the Myers Briggs personality type model. Combinations of your preferences result in sixteen personality types. The purpose of this session will be for participants to gain a greater understanding and awareness of their individual type and how that influences how they communicate and work in teams.

Managing in Diverse Organizations

Presenter: Dr. Catherine Cole
As our population becomes more diverse, nonprofit organizations must effectively manage diverse workforces. Diversity and inclusion are both complex and challenging concepts. However, maximizing the contributions of all workers will provide needed competitive advantages to resource-limited nonprofits. This session will define diversity and explore practical ways to promote cultures of inclusion.

Maximizing Your Leadership Strengths: Strengths Quest

Presenter: Holly J. Kasperbauer
Can you imagine what the world would look like if we spent more time focusing on what we are naturally good at instead of trying to fix everything that's wrong? Over fifty years ago, Dr. Don Clifton began researching a new area in psychology called positive psychology. The focus of positive psychology is on identifying and developing areas of strength and talent. From the beginning, the Gallup Organization was leading the way in research and application of the strengths philosophy, which eventually led to the development of the StrengthsQuest online assessment. Based on your input, you are provided a listing with your top five areas of talent (from a total of thirty-four signature themes). Once you learn about your individual areas of talent, you can begin working to develop them into strengths. This workshop will provide you with a basic understanding of the theory and will expose you to a variety of interactive activities and reflection exercises to help you understand your strengths.

Strategic Planning & Board Relations: Principles and Case Scenario

Presenter: Dr. William Brown
This session will explore the roles of nonprofit boards and consider how they support strategic decision-making. The interactive session will utilize case studies to explore tactics and challenges of engaging board members. Strategy and planning are critical roles for the board and participants will consider various tactics to support effective planning and decision-making.


William Brown
Professor and Director Nonprofit Management Program

Holly Kasperbauer
Assistant Director of the Public Service Leadership Program

Deborah Kerr
Associate Professor of the Practice

Catherine Cole

Contact Information

The Bush School of Government & Public Service
Nonprofit Management Program
4220 TAMU
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-4220
(979) 862-3195


Holly Kasperbauer

Assistant Director of the Public Service Leadership Program

Holly J. Kasperbauer Holly J. Kasperbauer joined the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University as assistant director of the Public Service Leadership Program in February 2012. Her passion for leadership comes from her background and personal experiences, including leadership-related curriculum development, workshop facilitation, and teaching. Ms. Kasperbauer is a native of Iowa and received her BS in agricultural education and a minor in horticulture from Iowa State University and her MS in agricultural education from the Department of Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M. She is currently finishing her PhD at Virginia Tech, where she is studying college student leadership development and critical thinking in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. Prior to working on her PhD, Kasperbauer taught high school agriculture and worked in curriculum development for an agricultural nonprofit organization. She has taught several courses that included topics on leadership theory, team development, leadership and popular culture, and oral communication.

At the Bush School, Ms. Kasperbauer works with faculty and staff to inspire students to become principled leaders and encourage them to identify and use strategies to continue developing their leadership identity. This is accomplished through the use of workshops, leadership assessment facilitation, and individual coaching sessions. Kasperbauer provides the students at the Bush School with opportunities to reflect on their personal values and assess their leadership attributes, knowledge, and skills to become more self-aware as they set goals for personal development. Kasperbauer is certified in both StrengthsQuest and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Catherine Cole


Catherine ColeCatherine Cole serves as adjunct faculty at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She is currently leading a capstone project with TxSmartSchools. Dr. Cole received her master’s degrees in social work and business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, respectively. She earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University’s College of Education & Human Development. Her dissertation, Women as Vital Human Resources to Impact Foreign Direct Investment: A Mediated Model through Corruption and Healthcare, used structural equation modeling to examine the relationships between and among the numbers of women in legislative leadership throughout the world, levels of perceived corruption, investments in healthcare, and foreign direct investment (FDI). She found as the number of women in legislative leadership increased, levels of perceived corruption decreased, national investments in healthcare increased, and FDI in turn increased. Dr. Cole has worked both domestically and internationally within the nonprofit sector. Locally, she has served on the Steering Committee of the United Way of the Brazos Valley and as the Senior Administrator for Community Services for the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency. Internationally, Dr. Cole led World Vision United States’ 2008 fraud examination of $1.9 million in unsupported U.S. Agency for International Development funds on-the-ground in Liberia. She facilitated capacity building with local internal audit staff in Port au Prince, Haiti, pre and post 2010 earthquake. Additional countries in which she has worked include Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania.

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