Carolina Leadership Seminars

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Carolina Leadership Seminars are designed to strengthen the abilities of dedicated executive directors from nonprofits across South Carolina. 

Participants will engage in a series of candid and confidential discussions with peers regarding their organization’s current performance and their personal leadership challenges.  Our goal is for participants to walk away from each session with practical tools and actionable insights. 

Charles Weathers and The Weathers Group will design and lead all seminars. Charles is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant who is a recognized expert on nonprofit leadership, organizational effectiveness and performance improvement. He and his team will provide creative, interactive learning opportunities for participants to address current organizational and leadership challenges in a confidential, open-dialogue learning environment.

To encourage support, applicants will be asked to provide an endorsement or nomination from a foundation involved in their organization. Foundations may also provide scholarship support for participants to encourage participation and defray costs.

"As a member of the 2017 class of Carolina Leadership Seminars for new execs, I want to share how much I learned from Charles Weathers and my fellow participants. I also formed really great new connections. In fact, Zakiya Esper, Sowing Seeds into the Midlands’s executive director, who was in my class, and I collaborated on a Photovoice project called Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands, We also honored Zakiya at our International Women’s Day luncheon this year.  The opportunity to meet and interact with execs from across the state in an ongoing learning environment was much appreciated and will continue to bear fruit in the community."

                                      -Ann Warner, CEO WREN - Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network


Please note that due to limited seating, a selection process will be used to ensure class representation of diverse organizational types, backgrounds, and regions served.

Executive Directors Seminars - 2 Cohorts, Spring 2018 and Fall 2018

Executive Directors sessions will be held:
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
Education Center
2711 Middleburg Dr., Suite 113
Columbia, SC 29204

4-Part Series - $100/person

For executive directors with five years or less of experience

Limited to 20 participants who commit to attending all four sessions in person and engaging with their colleagues throughout the year. Only one participant per organization.

February 7, 2018 OR
August 9, 2018
(10 a.m.- 3 p.m.)

Leading Through Effective Communication
Trust, according to Stephen M. R. Covey in his critically acclaimed book, The Speed of Trust, is more than a nice social virtue. It is a quantifiable, hard-edged economic factor that impacts our decisions and results on a daily basis. This session highlights the value of developing high trust relationships as well as the cost of low trust relationships. Leaders who cultivate and maintain high trust relationships are much more likely to experience success in life, both professionally and personally.

April 11, 2018 OR
September 13, 2018
(10 a.m.- 3 p.m.)

Cultivating a High-Trust Culture
People frequently complain about a lack of communication on the job or in relationships and the inability of others to communicate. We have found that there is rarely a LACK of communication, but instead a lack of understanding about the many factors influencing communication. So how do we transform our dysfunctional communication styles into effective and productive interaction with others? Through this session participants will be equipped to communicate effectively and pointedly with a variety of individuals and groups and better prepared to maintain composure in challenging situations.

May 9, 2018 OR
October 11, 2018
(10 a.m.- 3 p.m.)

Navigating Internal and External Change
Organizations that navigate change have a greater chance of remaining relevant, viable, and competitive. Your ability to navigate change will contribute to your success as well as the success of your organization. This session allows participants to explore approaches they can employ to better recognize and navigate organizational, economic, social, and political changes.

June 6, 2018 OR
November 9, 2018
(10 a.m.- 3 p.m.)

Strengthening the Board/CEO Relationship
The relationship between the Board and the CEO can make or break an organization. High-trust, understanding, clarity, and accountability are just a few of the traits that can strengthen this vital relationship. During this session participants learn to identify approaches that ban nurture meaningful relationship with their Board, as well as recommendations on how to repair a damaged Board/CEO relationship.


Grassroots Leaders Seminars - Fall 2018
3-Part Series - $75/person

For leaders of small or rural organizations with less than 5 years since incorporation and annual budgets less than $100,000.

Limited to 20 participants who commit to attending each session in person and engaging with their colleagues throughout the year. Only one participant per organization.

September 14, 2018
(Location and Time TBA)

Nonprofit 101

October 12, 2018
(Location and Time TBA)

Defining and Developing Programs and Services

November 9, 2018
(Location and Time TBA)

Funding & Financial Management


Carolina Leadership Seminars Application Form

There are three series available:

Spring Executive Directors CohortFor executive directors with five years or less of experience. 4-Part Series - $100/person. Dates: February 7, April 11, May 9, June 6. Applications for this series are now closed!

Fall Executive Directors CohortFor executive directors with five years or less of experience. 4-Part Series - $100/person. Dates: August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8.

Grassroots Leaders CohortFor leaders of small, new organizations, with budgets less than $100K and incorporated less than 5 years. 3-Part Series - $75/person. Dates: September 14, October 12, and November 9.

It is important, whenever possible, to engage our philanthropic community to show that by investing in your own learning and professional development, you are magnifying their investments in your organization. We ask you to ask a philanthropic partner involved in your organization's work to endorse your participation in this program. 

By checking the box below and submitting this form, I acknowledge that I am at a point in my career where I wish to take full advantage of learning and skills-building opportunities to continue my professional growth. 
I agree to:

  • Attend and actively participate in all scheduled in-person sessions and webinars,
  • Utilize what I learn within my own organization and broader community,
  • Manage information shared by fellow participants in a confidential manner and
  • Contribute my own experience, knowledge, and challenges in an effort to support other participants in our collaborative learning.