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Executive Director Cohort - Small to Medium Organizations
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Executive Director Cohort - Small to Medium Organizations

The Executive Director Cohort will embark on a series of workshops, lectures, and discussions around the nonprofit executive director role. You’ll join a group of 24 like-minded people working in similar roles, gaining the friendship and support of other passionate leaders.

When: Six Consecutive Mondays (2/5/18 - 3/12/18)
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Regas Building
318 N. Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee  37917
United States
Presenter: Jerry W. Askew, Ph.D.
Contact: Chloe Perry

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Suggested guidelines for nonprofit size based on budget:

Small - $0 to $350K

Medium - $350 to $500k

Large - $500k to over 1 million


(Please select the cohort you believe would relate best to your organization - the Medium to Large Cohort begins in April of 2018.)



Member: $400.00

Non-Member: $1,200.00


Whether one is a new or seasoned chief executive, there is always much to learn.  Certainly, there are myriad publications, workshops and other resources to assist, but most successful leaders will admit that much of what they know is the result of interaction with mentors and peers over the course of their careers.  ABN’s Executive Director Cohorts meet for six weekly sessions, and are designed to assist participants in developing the individual behaviors, perspectives and practices that will help ensure their effectiveness as chief executives.  In addition, the course is designed to allow opportunities for participants to develop relationships with and learn from their peers across the region.


Learning Objectives Include:

  • Describe the difference between leading and managing
  • Analyze the actions and behaviors that motivate team members
  • Understand strategies for effective communication and collaboration
  • Outline approaches to effective decision-making
  • Determine methods for building environments of trust
  • Apply models for staff and program evaluation
  • Develop an executive presence both within and outside the organization
  • Create avenues for time management and self-care
  • Apply techniques for self-assessment


Dr. Jerry Askew brings nearly 40 years of nonprofit experience to ABN, having held executive positions in higher education, philanthropy and healthcare. Since arriving in Knoxville in 1985, Jerry has served as Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee, President of the East Tennessee Foundation and Senior Vice President of the St. Mary’s/Mercy Health Systems. In addition, Jerry has served on the boards of over 40 nonprofit organizations at the local, state and national levels. He received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS from the University of Memphis and PhD from The Ohio State University. Jerry is also an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee.


All sessions will take place at The Regas Building from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 5th

Monday, February 12th

Monday, February 19th

Monday, February 26th

Monday, March 5th

Monday, March 12th


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Cancellation Courtesy:
If you wish to cancel your registration, notification of your registration cancellation must be received by email to Chloe Perry at five business days prior to the class. Please view our full cancellation policy here.

Special Accommodations:
If you require special accommodation in order to attend an ABN training, please contact Chloe Perry at 865-313-2077 or no less than 5 days prior to the training you wish to attend.


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