Investing in Future Leaders

An online- and team-based program for nonprofit executives seeking to identify future leadership needs and create powerful, job-embedded development plans for their emerging leaders.

Nurture the Talent You Need to Deliver on Your Strategic Vision

Nonprofit leaders recognize the importance of diverse talent to achieving their mission. But exactly how to develop that talent is less clear. Investing in Future Leaders, a Bridgespan Leadership Accelerator program, is designed to address that gap.

Through this program, which combines online learning with guided team meetings, your executive team will put in place job-embedded development plans necessary to ensure your organization has the leaders it needs when it needs them.

The Work You Will Do

In just two hours a week over 16 weeks, you and your executive team will create powerful development planning processes for your organization. During the program, you will:

  • Agree on the primary skills, knowledge, and capabilities needed for your organization’s success
  • Assess how well direct reports are demonstrating these skills, knowledge, and capabilities
  • Identify priority development areas and draft development plans
  • Prepare to share these concepts and process steps with the rest of your organization


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Tangible, Lasting Benefits & Results

By participating in the program, you and your executive team will have an inclusive talent development strategy, and practical tools and processes to support this strategy. Implementation of this strategy leads to:

  • A talent strategy that incorporates diversity and equity
  • Improved retention of your top talent and leadership
  • Increased staff engagement and satisfaction
  • Executive team cohesiveness and shared vision
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Unique Program Features

  • Practical, tested tools and templates that you can use right away in your organization
  • Structured, self-paced program with guidance from Bridgespan consultants
  • Dedicated time for your executive team to devote to critical strategic thinking
  • An approach that enables you to integrate equity into your talent strategy
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What Nonprofit Leaders Say

Christa Gannon
Founder & CEO of Fresh Lifelines for Youth,
talks about her team's experience with Investing in Future Leaders.

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Who Should Participate

The Investing in Future Leaders program is for nonprofit executive teams that are committed to building a stronger and more inclusive pipeline of leaders within their organizations. This program might be right for you if you and your executive team:

  • Desire practical ways to develop emerging leaders–and particularly leaders of color
  • Want opportunities to build collective ownership of organizational talent
  • Need to create a development planning process, but haven’t known where to start
  • Want to ensure your talent development strategy reflects your goals and values related to equity


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How the Program Works

Executive teams meet over 16 weeks working through five milestones. Each milestone combines online lessons, individual pre-work, guided team summits, and access to Bridgespan support.

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Investing in Future Leaders Curriculum Overview

During each of the five milestones, teams learn and apply concepts to build towards a customized talent strategy for their organization:
  • Milestone 1: Discuss and align on strategic talent priorities, future leadership needs, and implications
  • Milestone 2: Identify and agree upon a list of core job and leadership competencies needed for organizational success
  • Milestone 3: Identify what competencies your direct reports should prioritize for development, based on how they are currently demonstrating these competencies
  • Milestone 4: Craft job-embedded development plans for your direct reports, and improve these plans with the support of your team
  • Milestone 5: Create a plan to share and co-create these development plans with your direct reports, and set goals with the leadership team for how you’ll keep this work alive

Pricing, Timing & Support

The Investing in Future Leaders program includes online facilitation, guidance, and support, and is designed to be largely self-facilitated by your team. In addition, Bridgespan offers guidance to participating teams via weekly office hours.

Timing: We are currently enrolling for our September 2019 cohort. The program is self-paced and designed to take approximately 16 weeks to complete.

Price: $5,500 for executive teams of up to eight members.
For organizations outside the United States, or those teams with more than eight members, please contact us at [email protected].

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are also available to organizations led by people of color. Learn More>>

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