Invitation to the third annual Transnational NGO Leadership Institute

By 30 January 2013 No Comments

The internationally recognized Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York invites you to apply to the third annual Transnational NGO Leadership Institute, a leadership preparedness program targeting international NGO executives currently working at the second tier of leadership, and who wish to prepare themselves to assume top leadership positions. Taking place May 19-24th 2013 in Syracuse, Upstate New York, USA, this intensive five-day program will focus on “leap issues” critical to a successful transition to the highest levels of leadership in civil society. These issues include:

• Leading in a Complex Context: understanding the broader landscape of actors and issues; the impact of personal/individual leadership styles; management vs. leadership.

• Organizational Governance: organizational change and design; board leadership;

• Collaboration and Crisis: communication, networks, partnerships, collaborative governance and leadership; leadership in crisis; leadership and stress;

• Politics and Power Relationships: symbolic leadership; advocacy;

• Strategic Decision-Making and Performance Management: resources planning, allocation and management.

The program will be offered by Maxwell experts together with well-respected NGO leaders such as Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children USA, Colm O’Cuanachain, Senior Director for Movement Building in Amnesty International, and Isaac Bekalo, Executive Director of the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR).

Please consider joining our impressive cohort of past and current participants, representing a strong and diverse group of peer organizations such as InterAction, ActionAid, Greenpeace, Trust Africa, Transparency International, ChildFund International, Plan International, IUCN, PRIP Trust and the Manusher Jonno Foundation in Bangladesh, World YWCA, and the National Democratic Institute. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the effect of their individual leadership style, to integrate their learning through experiential, hands-on exercises and simulations, and to expand their global network through interaction with peers examining the same leadership challenges and aspirations. All program sessions are offered jointly by Maxwell faculty and experienced NGO leaders who have made the ‘leadership leap’ themselves; many of the leaders concerned are represented in our Steering Group, which has guided the program content.

Please take a few moments to visit our website, where you will find further details about the program as well as application materials. A small number of partial scholarships/subsidies may be available leaders from NGO’s founded in the Global South. The deadline for application for scholarships is March 1, 2013. The application deadline for all paying applicants is May 1st, 2013.

Please consider the benefits to yourself and your organization of this exceptional opportunity for leadership preparation. Feel free to contact us by email regarding any questions that you may have.


Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Program Director
Kristen Masi, Participant Liaison
Transnational NGO Initiative
346 Eggers Hall – Syracuse, NY 13244-1090
+1 (315) 443-5073 Eastern Standard Time

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“This is a great course and will be of huge use to people who are currently either CEO of a developing world NGO or on the senior management team of an INGO and want to move to be CEO of an international/transnational NGO.

I was privileged to attend the 2011 course in Syracuse as an observer. The quality of candidates and teaching staff was exceptional, but what made it fantastic was the practitioners who had just made the leap to CEO and shared their experiences with us. I would highly recommend it.”

~ Hazel Douglas, MD Oxford HR