Strengthening the Executive Team

Unlock your executive team’s full potential

Nonprofits led by strong executive teams create more impact and are better places to work, but only one out of four executive teams feel like they’re working together effectively. In this program, you’ll learn and apply best practices to help you work together more efficiently, effectively, and inclusively.

Program Benefits

Nonprofits who participate in the program have:

  • More time to focus on the work that matters and fewer ineffective meetings
  • More clarity, efficiency, and collaboration across the organization
  • Greater impact for the beneficiaries and communities you care about most

In this program, your leadership team will create a custom team playbook that highlights:

  • What you work on together: The set of topics and decisions on which your executive team should focus
  • How and when you meet: The meeting strategy and practices that will enable productive and intentional meetings
  • How you work together: The practical ways you will build and maintain a healthy team dynamic

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What Past Participants Say About Strengthening the Executive Team

“This experience ensured we carved out the time to have deliberate, focused, and effective conversations with a simple framework that helped us to pinpoint where we could be more effective as an executive team, and we are already seeing the benefits.” —CEO, 2020 cohort

Who Should Participate?

This program is designed for executive teams of three to six leaders.

Top reasons organizations participate:

  • You need to clarify the role and purpose of your leadership team
  • Your organization has new leadership (e.g., new CEO, other senior leaders), and you want to become a high-functioning team
  • You want to make sure your leadership team is spending its time in the most effective ways possible

Request information on how to apply here. >>

How It Works

Your team is in the driver’s seat and can choose the pace that is right for you. Expert Bridgespan coaches provide support for your team’s point person, or project lead, via email, weekly check-ins, and one-on-one coaching at critical points throughout the program. Your total time commitment through the process will be about 25 to 30 hours per person.

The program is split into four steps:


Each step consists of:

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  • Leadership Team Icon

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Learn more about the program curriculum and how it works here. >>


Price: $10,000 for leadership teams

For organizations outside of the United States, or for teams with more than six members, please email us at [email protected]g.

A limited number of scholarships are available to organizations led by people of color. Learn more. >>

Need help funding your participation? Learn more about how to request funding from your donors.

How to Apply

Step 1: Complete our Request More Information form at the top of this page, or email us.

Step 2: A member of the Leadership Accelerator team will contact you within seven days to schedule a discovery call. We’ll ask you about your organization and team size.

Step 3: If we agree that the program is a good fit, we’ll send you a link to our enrollment form!

Additional Information

Learn more about our other Bridgespan Leadership Accelerator programs

Download an overview and FAQ PDF of the program to share with your team

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