Conferences + Intensives

Executive Leadership Forums + Conferences

Through its biannual Executive Leadership Forums, MANP brings together nonprofit staff and board leaders to explore emerging issues and pressing topics facing the nonprofit sector. These events provide nonprofit Executive Directors, board leaders, and senior staff with opportunities to:

  • learn from nationally recognized nonprofit leaders,
  • discuss critical issues facing the sector,
  • imagine creative approaches to help shape the future of the sector, and
  • build relationships with other nonprofit leaders.

Next Executive Leadership Forum

Fall 2017 Executive Leadership Forum: Nonprofits Talking Taxes
October 25, 2017 in Portland
Featured speaker, Kim Klein.
Registration now open!

Past Forums + Conferences


Spring 2017 Executive Leadership Forum: Talking about Social Change: Are We Sending the Right Messages?
April 27, 2017
Featured speaker, Dr. Lynn Davey, Consultant, Davey Strategies.
Sponsored by Healey & Associates and Mainebiz.


Fall 2016 Executive Leadership Forum: How Engaged Should an Engaged Board Be?
November 10, 2016
Featured speaker, Susan S. Meier, Principal, Meier and Associates.
Sponsored by Camden National Bank, Healey & Associates, Northeast Delta Dental, and Mainebiz.

Spring 2016 Executive Leadership Forum: Is Your Nonprofit Ready for What’s Next? Building Nonprofit Leadership Capacity to Drive Mission
April 7, 2016
Offered as part of MANP’s Mission Driven Leadershift initiative
Featured speaker, Hez Norton, Director of Partnerships and Leadership Initiatives at Third Sector New England in Boston, and co-author of the Leadership New England study.
Sponsored by Healey & Associates, Mainebiz, Northeast Delta Dental, and Thomas College.
Read our wrap-up blog post to learn about the insights shared on managing executive transitions, sustainability and succession planning, and building leadership capacity.


Fall 2015 Executive Leadership Forum: What Do Successful Storytelling Nonprofits Do Differently?
September 10, 2015
Featured speaker, Julie Dixon, Research Director of National Journal’s Communications Council
Sponsored by Healey & Associates, Mainebiz, and Maine Philanthropy Center
Read lessons learned from the presentation and discussion.

Spring 2015 Executive Leadership Forum: Building Assets or Deferring Impact? Is the Current Trend Toward Charitable Endowments Hurting the Very People + Causes We’re Trying to Help?
April 16, 2015 at Thomas College
Featured speaker, Alan Cantor, Principal of Alan Cantor Consulting, LLC with discussion facilitated by Barbara Edmond of Maine Philanthropy Center.
Sponsored by Healey & Associates, Maine Philanthropy Center, Mainebiz, Northeast Delta Dental, and Thomas College.
Read our wrap-up blog post to hear insights from the presentation and discussion.


Fall 2014 Executive Leadership Forum: Has the Nonprofit Board Outlived Its Purpose?
November 20, 2014 at Maine Maritime Museum
Featured speaker, MaryEllen Jackson, CEO, New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits.
Sponsored by Healey & Associates and Davenport Trust Fund.
Read our blog post summarizing themes from this event that will help you to strengthen your board.

Spring 2014 Leadership Conference: Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up.
March 14, 2014 at Colby College
Featured keynote speaker, Paul Schmitz, author of Everyone Leads. 


2013 Nonprofit Leadership Conference: Building Common Ground – Nonprofit Leadership in Cross-Sector Collaboration.
April 26, 2013
Featured keynote speaker Robert Putnam, renowned author of Bowling Alone.
Honored Philanthropist of the Year, Roxanne Quimby.