Webinar price: $59
Price includes access to live webinar & 1 year video recording
Organizational Development

How to Build Best-in-Class Executive Teams in the Nonprofit Sector

This SSIR Live! program will explore:               

  • How CEOs can more effectively manage their executive team
  • The composition of an executive team and how that relates to its ability to accomplish tasks
  • The importance of strategic prioritization for executive teams
  • Communication processes that support superior decision-making and program execution
  • Team-dynamics that foster effective conversations and results

At most nonprofit organizations and foundations achieving breakthrough results is a team effort. Executive teams play a critical role in shaping organization-wide decisions and share responsibility for execution in order to achieve the organization’s aspirations. However, shaping a high-performing executive team is no easy task!

A new primary research report by The Bridgespan Group reveals that most nonprofits falter when it comes to executive team effectiveness. The survey of 362 executives showed that only 25 percent of respondents “strongly agreed” that their CEO effectively addresses team dynamics and performance challenges. Only 19 percent strongly agreed that their team focuses on the right work, and just 17 percent strongly agreed that they use their executive team meeting time well!  

Join us for this SSIR Live! webinar to learn more about the root causes of executive team challenges and the five steps that nonprofit executive teams can take to significantly improve their effectiveness. These insights are based on the first comprehensive study of effective executive teams in the nonprofit sector. They draw on survey data, the best thinking from the for-profit sector, dozens of interviews with nonprofit leaders, leadership experts, and executive coaches, and Bridgespan’s prior work with executive teams. Collectively, these insights into raising executive team performance promise to support greater impact, continuous improvement, talent development, and a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive organizational culture.

Program Features:

  Expert Speakers:

Libbie Landles-Cobb is a partner in The Bridgespan Group’s San Francisco office. She has worked with a variety of nonprofits, national networks, and foundations on issues of strategy and organizational development. As part of Bridgespan’s Leadership Practice, Cobb is a facilitator and coach in Bridgespan’s two-year consulting and capacity building program for nonprofit executive teams, Leading for Impact. Maria Kim is the president and chief executive officer of Cara Chicago. After 13 years in the insurance industry, Kim joined Cara – a suite of boot camps and businesses that uplift people and communities through the power of employment. Kim holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Henry Barmeier is a manager in Bridgespan’s San Francisco office. Since joining the organization in 2012, Barmeier has worked extensively in Bridgespan’s Leadership Practice, as well as with direct service and philanthropy clients on strategic planning, talent development, performance management, and new program development. Barmeier currently leads Bridgespan’s research on nonprofit executive team effectiveness. 

  Interactive Session:

This webinar will be conducted as a lively, interactive program. You’re encouraged to ask the speakers questions during the session to explore the topic further. The speakers will answer some additional questions after the broadcast in the “Comment Box” at the bottom of this page. You are welcome to interact with them.

  Real-world Examples: 

Each point will be illustrated with research insights and real-world examples. We will explore the root causes of executive team challenges and the five practical steps that nonprofit executive teams can take to significantly improve their performance and effectiveness.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is aimed at senior management of organizations with an executive team tier, including both nonprofit organizations and foundations. Attendees will walk away with a heightened awareness of the importance of investing in the whole executive team, not just individuals.

On-Demand Version:
Register and access the recording of the live event on-demand three hours after the webinar ends and anytime over the next 12 months. Log in with your registered email address here.

dollar symbol FinalPrice for this webinar: $59
This price includes access to the live interactive webinar, unlimited access to the recorded program video and downloadable slides for twelve months.


  • Partner,
  • President and Chief Executive Officer,
    Cara Chicago
  • Manager,
  • Moderator
    Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review