Leadership Institute

MANP’s Leadership Institute for Executive Directors provides executive directors of all experience levels with dedicated time and space to reflect, set goals, and develop action plans to strengthen their leadership and prepare to shape cultures of learning and shared leadership within their organizations.

“For me, the most valuable aspect of the Leadership Institute was connecting with other executive directors, realizing that we were all facing similar obstacles, and learning together in a group environment.” -2019 Leadership Institute Alum

Program Goals

Rooted in leadership development best practices and a commitment to practical application, this intensive program guides nonprofit executive directors to:

  • build self and social awareness for stronger staff, board, and community relationships;
  • recognize and build on their signature strengths;
  • cultivate a personal leadership vision and the capacity to hold a long-term vision of possibility for the organization;
  • apply systems thinking tools to understanding and solving challenges;
  • develop coaching skills for growing the next generation of leaders;
  • enhance team leadership skills for both informal (coalition and community) and formal (board and staff) teams;
  • create a learning community of peers; and
  • plan for an ongoing learning strategy beyond the Institute.

The ultimate goal of the Leadership Institute is to increase the ability of each participant to shape and guide adaptable, effective organizations that are respected partners in creating, sustaining and improving Maine’s quality of life.

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Leadership Institute Class!

2021 Leadership Institute Class at Schoodic Institute

Heather Campbell, White Pine Programs
Deana Cavan, Rett’s Roost
Christian Cotz, First Amendment Museum
Nicholas Fisichelli, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Emily Flinkstrom, Fair Tide
Anna Goodale, Megunticook Rowing
Olivia Harris, Speak About It
Destie Hohman Sprague, Maine Women’s Lobby + MWL Education Fund
Gwendolyn Hudson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine
Rota L. Knott, Tedford Housing
Annie Leahy, Mechanics’ Hall
Michael Miclon, Johnson Hall
Jessica Muise, Engine
Cynthia Randall, Cornerstones of Science
Katie Rutherford, Frannie Peabody Center
Jean Sideris, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Sarah Swift-Simons, Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area
James Vincent, Pharos House
Tamara Whitmore, Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed
Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo, Side x Side

How to Apply

Applications for the 2022-2023 program will open June 1, 2022 with a deadline of July 1, 2022. Details coming soon!


This program was developed with the generous support of The Betterment Fund and the Maine Community Foundation and was designed in partnership with Panta Rei Consulting.

2022-2023 Leadership Institute Sponsor


If you’re interested in supporting the Leadership Institute or learning about sponsorship opportunities for other MANP programs, please contact our Development + Marketing Manager, Kelly McCormack.