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Leading Nonprofit Organizations

This program is designed for nonprofit leaders who wish to build their influence and increase their strategic effectiveness. Whether you're the Executive Director of a small nonprofit or a manager or leader within a larger organization, the demands of attending to diverse stakeholders in rapidly shifting environments with limited resources make nonprofit leadership particularly challenging. Based on GISC's leadership model, the program addresses these realities head-on, building on decades of experience in understanding organizations and developing leaders.







Engaging with other nonprofit leaders and exploring the Gestalt perspective, participants will have the opportunity to develop: a clearer picture of how to balance the multiple roles of the nonprofit executive, a firmer sense of priorities given their organizational context, enhanced effectiveness in dealing with change and resistance to change, and new options for supporting and motivating staff.

This practical workshop relates key concepts to working with boards more effectively, and developing and managing staff.

Participants will have extensive opportunities to experiment with the application of key concepts, exploring the strengths and limitations of their current style and practicing new skills.


Participants will:

  • Gain heightened awareness of themselves and their effect on others.
  • Strengthen their influence with staff and diverse stakeholders.
  • Accept and manage multiple points of view.
  • Understand resistance as a source of momentum that can actually support change.


This workshop is specifically designed for experienced nonprofit executives who are committed to realizing their organization’s full potential — and their own.

“The Cape & Islands Nonprofit Leadership Development Program was an extremely worthwhile and profound experience for me, both in my educational leadership role and in my position on the board of Children’s Place. The Gestalt learning experience went beyond developing skills for leading and influencing people in an organization; it engaged the participants in reflecting on their own leadership styles, understanding the complexities associated with bringing about change, and applying these results-oriented leadership skills within professional organizational settings. The personal growth that I experienced went beyond my expectations and, to this day, I find myself integrating these leadership skills in all aspects of my life.”

Gail M. Briere
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum
Nauset Public Schools

Dates and Fees:

Faculty Heather Berthoud
  Neil Sklarew


“The greatest gift that I received in the course of my work at GISC is this: that I have been able to let go of the need to single-handedly ‘do it all.’ Instead, I’ve learned a new way of partnering with my staff and colleagues so that we work together effectively towards to common goal. I’ve gained an appreciation of the power of awareness and the cycle of individual experience, and a new understanding of the important role each person plays in the success of an organization. I’ve also been able to use this new way of being in my personal life, and it has made a huge difference. I can honestly say that my experience at GISC was nothing short of life-changing.”

Lucy Loomis, Director
Sturgis Library, Barnstable Village

Gestalt International Study Center
1035 Cemetery Road, P.O. Box 515, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: +1 508 349 7900