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The Leadership Lab community is something very special. We’re glad you’re here.

Countless times at the end of a cohort discussion, Lab members like you have said something to the effect of, “I’m so glad I came here today. This is where I needed to be.” In survey feedback, Lab members are rating the Lab as “much better” and “the best” compared to other professional development and networking programs and scoring the investment of time as “very valuable” and “extremely valuable.”

In that light, we share two thoughts. First, thank you for offering the gift of time well spent to your Lab peers.  And second, thank you for prioritizing your own growth and well-being. Your investment in the we and me fortifies the broader nonprofit sector community.

Here you can embrace a philosophy of learning and experimenting, and of not always having the answers upfront but working together to generate ideas and find solutions. And, as we often say, you create muscle memory by applying what you do in the Lab to other facets of your day-to-day professional leadership roles.

See you soon!

Abby Graf, Vice President, Programs & Community Engagement |

Shannon McCracken, CEO |

Enrollment transfer and cancellation policies: Enrollment in the Essential Leadership Lab constitutes intent to participate for at least one year (three cycles) and is a commitment to the Lab experience for fellow Cohort members.  Enrollment is non-transferrable as of the last date of the current enrollment registration.  Lab membership remains with the individual, such that if a Lab member changes jobs or employers, the individual remains a member of the Essential Leadership Lab for the remainder of the pre-paid one-year term.  No refunds will be issued after the final date of the current enrollment registration period.

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Be inclusive.  Create content that can resonate with an array of listeners and readers.

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TNPA Code of Conduct: The Nonprofit Alliance exists to foster the development and growth of nonprofit organizations and to protect the donors, members, partners, and volunteers that support them.  At all educational offerings and conferences, we commit to fostering an environment free from physical, emotional, and psychological harm. We will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, and intimidation of any form. All individuals must exhibit professionalism, must demonstrate respect for others, must act with civility, and must refrain from inappropriate and unwelcomed physical contact, sexual references and aggressive advances. Anyone who experiences or witnesses a violation to these standards, should immediately contact TNPA CEO Shannon McCracken.  Anyone found in violation of the TNPA Code of Conduct by any means may receive a warning, have membership suspended, registration forfeited, or experience escalation to legal authorities.

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