Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Program Description

Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Each year, the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Stanford University selects nonprofit leaders from social and human services, healthcare, community development, and education organizations to become CSI Fellows. For two weeks on the Stanford University campus, these individuals participate in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders (EPNL), a program designed to further the professional development of current and future leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Key Topics and Takeaways


Drawing on the leading-edge research and course offerings of the Stanford faculty, the program integrates conceptual knowledge with Fellows’ own experience to generate powerful and practical insights about leadership and management. The learning stems from a variety of activities including classes, small group discussions, and individual study. Like the Stanford MBA Program, EPNL evolves as  the faculty’s most current thinking and research keeps pace with the rapidly changing management environment.

Session topics include:

  • Leadership, Mission

  • Leading Strategic Change

  • People as Strategy

  • Working with Diversity for Organizational Effectiveness

  • New Perspectives on Marketing in the Nonprofit Sector

  • Operations Management

  • Financial Management and Metrics for Success

  • Negotiation Strategies and Tactics

Nonprofit Leaders participating in the program can expect to leave with the following Takeaways

  • Increased confidence in leadership ability and deepened appreciation of a general management perspective

  • Richer understanding of how to integrate organizational mission with economic strategy

  • Development of a strong network of relationships with a diverse array of other nonprofit leaders

  • Extensive interaction and exchange of ideas with the world’s leading faculty

  • Improved ability to evaluate the rigor and relevance of new management ideas and concepts

  • A personal ‘plan of action’ for addressing key organizational and strategic challenges


Classes are held in the Stanford University campus Business School classrooms especially designed to facilitate discussion among participants.


Two Weeks

Target audience

Selection of Fellows is based on an individual's leadership experience or potential as well as their organization's impact or potential. Fellows will typically be the executive director, president, or CEO of their organization. In some cases, an individual who currently serves as a deputy director, chief operating officer, or equivalent will be accepted if he or she is expected to advance to the CEO position within the next three years.

Last updated October 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Mar. 2017
2 weeks
Part time
Start date Mar. 2017
USA Stanford, California
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 weeks
Price - Program Tuition based on Sliding Scale