Executive Directions XD Ascent

Are you a director or manager wanting to make a greater impact in your nonprofit organization, and across the sector? Do you want to learn how to better manage conflict and change? Are you looking to develop your leadership skills and inspire your staff?

Join us for Executive Directions XD Ascent, a leadership development program for mid-senior level professionals wanting to grow their confidence and competence as leaders in the nonprofit sector.


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XD Ascent provides strategies to lead yourself, your organization, and your impact across the sector.

The small-group cohort experience combines six full-day sessions with additional peer meetings in a six-month program to maximize your learning. Participants will learn about their personal leadership style, build strategic thinking skills, learn more about human resources and financial management, and present their specific issues for consultation within the group.

Through Executive Directions XD Ascent, you will increase your ability to address:

  • tough issues and take calculated risks from a position of greater self-awareness;

  • understand your role as a leader, and a follower;

  • adapt to change and lead others through transitions;

  • engage in the community as an innovator, collaborator, and systems thinker; and

  • gain a basic understanding of your own emotional intelligence.


Executive Directions XD Ascent Program Specifics:

Who: This program is for Directors, Managers, and other mid-senior level nonprofit leaders.

When: Participants will gather for six full-day sessions over six months, with smaller peer gatherings in between.


Dates for Ascent 3:

December 18, 2018

January 15, 2019

February 19, 2019

March 19, 2019

April 16, 2019

May 21, 2019


Dates for Ascent 4:

September 11, 2019

October 9, 2019

November 13, 2019

December 11, 2019

January 8, 2020

February 12, 2020


Dates for Ascent 5:

November 4, 2019

December 2, 2019

January 6, 2020

February 3, 2020

March 2, 2020

April 6, 2020


Dates for Ascent 6:

January 28, 2020

February 25, 2020

March 24, 2020

April 28, 2020

May 26, 2020

June 23, 2020

Where: Cohort full-day sessions are held in Calgary, Alberta. Peer meetings are booked at the discretion of participants.

Cost: $2,400. Participants are encouraged to apply for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant to offset two-thirds of the total program fees. Participants outside of Calgary may also be eligible for assistance with transportation, accommodation and meal costs with the Canada-Alberta Job Grant

Grant applications must be submitted and approved prior to program start date and take at least 30 days for processing. Full details on the grant program can be found on the Canada Alberta Job Grant website.

Download the XD Ascent Cohort 2 Program Overview

Download the XD Ascent Cohort 3 Program Overview

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XD Ascent Cohort 2

XD Ascent Cohort 2

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
— Sean Patrick Flanery