The Executive Director Academy (EDA) is a nine-month training session designed to build the leadership capacity of the local nonprofit sector by providing a unique opportunity for executive directors to gain world-class leadership and coaching skills. The program matches participants with professional executive coaches and provides a collaboratively designed curriculum to meet the specific needs of the class. A requirement of acceptance to the Academy is that participants are willing to consider becoming coaches/mentors for new or less experienced executive directors in the community.

The next session of the Executive Director Academy will begin in October 2017  and run through May 2018.

Partners in this effort are

Discovery Learning Inc., which worked closely with Consortium staff and the Program Committee to design the program. Discovery Learning leads the curriculum development and recruits and gains the commitment of professional coaches for the Academy. Discovery Learning also provides assessment and learning tools as well as faculty and meeting space.

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) which provides meeting space and a number of professional coaches.

Joseph M. Bryan Foundation; Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro; Cemala Foundation; and Weaver Foundation. They provide the funding that enables the Consortium to operate, including Academy expenses.

The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium raises funds to support the Academy and Consortium staff and volunteers provide administrative support for the program.

Click each to see the Academy graduates

Robin Sizemore wins GNPC Donna Newton Scholarship for 2014

Hopscotch Adoptions Director wins Donna Newton Executive Director Academy Scholarship For Robin Sizemore, International Adoption is not just a career; it is a way of life. While she has been an Adoption professional since 1995, she also is the adoptive mother of a child from the Republic of Georgia. This personal interest has led her…


2014 EDA Graduates

Graduates of the Consortium’s 2013-2014 Executive Director Academy in Alphabetical Order: Susan Ball Julie Glandt Louise Grape Marie Hopper Marcie Richardson Ursula Robinson Debra Rouse Carley Swaim Karen Thompson Peter Tyler Ashley Wall Linda Yurko Joan Tavares – Facilitator


2013 EDA Graduates

Graduates of the Consortium’s 2012-2013 Executive Director Academy in Alphabetical Order: Kellie Burgess Shane Burton Wendee Cutler David Fraccaro Charlene Gladney Nancy Micca Don Milholin Keith G. Pemberton Patricia Pike Shanna Reece Liz Seymour Laura Way Joan Tavares – Facilitator


2011 EDA Graduates

Graduates of the Consortium’s 2010-2011 Executive Director Academy in Alphabetical Order Chip Cromartie Ruth Edwards Paul Evans Cyndy Hayworth Laura Holley Sarah Ivory Heidi Majors Carolyn McManus Cindy Mondello Eleanor Ratterman Erin Stratford Joan Tavares – Facilitator Nancy Probst – Facilitator


2010 EDA Graduates

Graduates of the Consortium’s 2009-2010 Executive Director Academy in Alphabetical Order Jehan Benton Benjamin Briggs Gene Brown Buck Cochran Sofia Crisp Barbara Davis Steve Key Deborah Meridith Dale Metz Lia Miller Omer Omer Brenda Smith-Williams Joan Tavares-Facilitator Nancy Probst – Facilitator


2009 EDA Graduates

Graduates of first Executive Director Academy class, 2008-2009 Left to right, front row Jodi Schibley, Sanctuary House Blair Benson, Mental Health Association Jeni Kirk, Bell House, Inc. Second row Gail Haworth, The Servant Center Nancy McLean, Joseph’s House Wendy Rivers, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Piedmont Ashley Brooks-Reckard, Women’s Resource Center Ruth Anderson…