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 - Fall 2018
4-Part Series - $100/person
CLASS I:  Cultivating a High Trust Culture – Thursday, August 9, 2018
CLASS II:  Leading Through Effective Communication – Thursday, October 11, 2018
CLASS III:  Navigating Internal and External Change – Thursday, November 8, 2018
CLASS IV:  Strengthening the Board/CEO Relationship – Thursday, December 6, 2018


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.

Sessions will be held at:

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC
2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115,
Columbia, SC 29204

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.

October 12, 2018
12pm - 4pm

Nonprofit 101
As a successful grassroots leader you must wear many hats. That’s one of the many ways nonprofits differ from public and private sector entities.  Our first session will introduce you to the fundamentals of managing a community focused nonprofit organization, including strategy, personnel, volunteers, resource development, governance, and community engagement. You will leave better able to wear the many hats required of you and to lead as a servant leader.

November 9, 2018
12pm - 4pm

Defining and Developing Programs and Services
Nonprofits can’t fulfill their mission without effective and viable programs and services. The more effective the program and service, the greater the impact the organization has on the community.  This session will help participants understand the process of program development and management.  Participants will also learn how to form collaborations to avoid duplicating programs and services.  

December 7, 2018
12pm - 4pm

Funding & Financial Management
Prudently managing the financial resources of your nonprofit is critical to your organization’s success.  Nonprofits have a duty to ensure that their assets are used in accordance with donors’ intent, and in support of the charitable mission. During this Learning Session, we will discuss nonprofit financing, business models, and budgeting theories.  Participants will increase their knowledge and ability to implement accountable financial practices.


All dates, times and locations are tentative

Spring 2019 Executive Directors Seminars
Designed for executive directors with five years or less of experience.
4-Part Series
February 6, April 3, May 1, June 5
More information soon to come

Fall 2019 Executive Directors Seminars 
Designed for executive directors with five years or less of experience.
4-Part Series
August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6
More information soon to come   

Future sessions will be held at:
Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC
2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115,
Columbia, SC 29204

Future session times:
10 AM - 3PM

 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. Applications for this series are now closed!

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.