Nonprofit Leadership Development

Scale new heights as a confident

and competent leader

Leadership is always dynamic, always changing. It demands awareness, intentionality, reflection, and bold action. Through intensive cohort programs, Executive Directions participants increase their inner confidence and outer competence to lead.

Executive Directions provides participants with an environment for leadership learning and growth that fosters an increased impact in, and through, the people and the organizations they serve. The program integrates innovative and impactful ideas and processes from many sectors, tailoring them to the unique needs of the nonprofit leader.

Executive Directions offers two programs for nonprofit leaders

Ascent is open to directors, program managers, and other similar levels of nonprofit leaders. Ascent is a six-month cohort experience for participants who want to be a courageous follower and influential leader. Full-day monthly sessions and peer gatherings in between sessions provide opportunities to delve into the issues and challenges of being a senior-level leader. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of themselves as a leader, their role within the organization, and their connection to the broader community.

Our interactive sessions focus on individual growth, peer learning, coaching, and opportunities for application of learnings. One of the greatest strengths of the cohort experience is the power of the confidential peer advisory format; the group digs deep into challenging and important issues, learns from each other, challenges each other, and is accountable to each other.

Session Dates: November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10.

Program Cost: $2,400 for six, full-day sessions. Successful applicants will be directed to apply to the Canada Alberta Job Grant program for a partial reimbursement of the program fee, reducing the net program cost to $800.

Questions? Please contact Leslie Tamagi at



Summit is open to executive directors, presidents, and CEOs, and other executive-level nonprofit leaders who report to a board of directors. Summit is a two-year cohort experience where leaders learn and grow together in an environment as relationships are built on trust, honesty, and authenticity. Full-day group sessions and one-on-one coaching provide ongoing opportunities for participants to delve into their most pressing leadership challenges and opportunities, embrace new ideas and perspectives, and adapt to the changing environment with the support and encouragement of others who understand their unique role.

Next intake: Please contact Leslie Tamagi at to be notified when the next Summit cohort opens.


Ascent Facilitators for 2017-18

Leslie Tamagi

Leslie is a consultant who works primarily with executive directors and boards in the nonprofit sector with a focus on sustainability planning, crisis management, strategic and business planning, governance and policy development, risk management, and program development and evaluation. Her approach is informed by 25 years of experience as CEO of diverse nonprofit organizations. She understands firsthand the complex and unprecedented challenges facing boards and senior staff, and is passionate about supporting leaders to be successful.

Ruth Esau

Ruth is an outcome-focused facilitator and coach with a passion for inspiring transformative living and leadership. Her own training and development is focused in executive coaching, emotional intelligence, strengths development, and educational excellence. Ruth’s desired outcome for each leader is for the time they spend in Executive Directions to be transformative in their personal and professional life in ways that cause them to grow in their confidence and competence as a leader.

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