Part of the Executive Education Online Leadership Series at Harvard Kennedy School, a series of unique online programs where participants work in groups, engage in live classes and office hours, and complete assignments by applying the concepts and frameworks they learn to their own organizations. Participants are able to utilize techniques and faculty feedback in their work as they progress through the programs and achieve immediate impact.

Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board is a 8-week Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education online program designed to help executives of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations engage their boards in more consequential and meaningful work that produces greater value for their organizations. The program curriculum focuses on four modules:

  • Key Concepts of Governance as Leadership
  • Identifying and Responding to Practice Challenges
  • Simulation: Case Study of a Difficult Board Situation
  • The Challenge for Executive Leaders

For each module, participants will be introduced to a set of frameworks in a case and/or reading. Participants will then have the opportunity to consider the framework’s relevance for their organizations by taking part in online discussions with their colleagues and using electronic workbooks designed specifically for the program. During each module, Faculty Chair William Ryan will hold a live online session with program participants. 

March 12—May 11, 2018 | Application Deadline: JANUARY 12, 2018

Meet The Faculty

William Ryan

William Ryan

Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Hauser Institute for Civil Society

William P. Ryan is a research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations. His work, which focuses on nonprofit organizational effectiveness, has explored how several forces shape the capacity of nonprofits to deliver on their missions.

His publications include Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) with Richard P. Chait and Barbara E. Taylor, (which has been honored with awards from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and Independent Sector) and High Performance Nonprofit Organizations (John Wiley & Sons, 1999) with Christine Letts and Allen Grossman. 

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