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Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Fridays - October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Growing Future Leaders: Creating a Path and Thinking Ahead - Nonprofit Learning Cohort for Small, Rural Nonprofits

Cohort Facilitator
Jess Hampton, Learning Programs Manager, NAO

This five-part series is geared for nonprofit staff and board members who are strategizing creative ways to strengthen succession and leadership planning among the changing landscape we find ourselves in. We know that our organizations are changing and adapting at a fast clip and these sessions will help to build understanding of ourselves, and how we work, and develop skills and tools that will respond to the need for more effective succession planning. We’ll learn together as we explore multi-generational team dynamics and communication, personal leadership styles and how to work more effectively within a diverse team while encouraging the next generation of leadership. This cohort will draw on evidence and case-based learning as well as from fellow participants and is intended for staff and board of all experience and skill levels.

Join this cohort of peers to learn about nonprofit best practices while gaining insight from each other’s challenges and solutions, and problem solving together. Each session will include a facilitated training component as well as discussion-based peer learning and networking opportunities. Space is limited to 15 participants so register today!

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Learn from peers and gain understanding of the nonprofit sector and how to be more responsive and agile to changes 
  2. Learn about your personal leadership styles, and those of your peers, and examine how styles affect your work and communication
  3. Examine multi-generational leadership and how to effectively collaborate across generations
  4. Encourage board leadership across generations and consider the potential and protocols for youth representation
  5. Begin to think about, and design, a more well-rounded succession plan, considering long-term needs for emerging leaders


Session 1

Oct. 1          

Kick-off, Introduction to Peers, Framework of Program & Opening Activity

Session 2

Oct. 8       

Exploring Leadership Styles to Work More Effectively

Session 3

Oct. 15

Multi-Generational Leadership & Collaboration

Session 4

Oct. 22

Encouraging Younger People or Youth for Board Leadership

Session 5

Oct. 29

Organizational Succession Planning and Emerging Leadership

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning series is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) all-volunteer to small staffed nonprofits in rural communities statewide.
  • Each session will provide nonprofit leaders with vetted information, ideas, and peer support as they navigate a flood of critical decisions they must make in 2021 and beyond. 
  • Limit is 15 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions.

This nonprofit learning cohort is made possible with support from The Ford Family Foundation.

Please send questions and comments ahead of the session to

About the Cohort Facilitator

Jess Hampton, Learning Programs Manager, NAO

Jess Hampton is currently the Nonprofit Learning Programs Manager at NAO and a lifelong Oregonian. Jess has worked in the nonprofit sector in different capacities for over 20 years; as a nonprofit volunteer, cooperative finance manager, program and curriculum developer, leadership trainer and facilitator, program evaluator, board member of various nonprofits, nonprofit consultant and project manager. She earned her graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from University of Oregon and strives to provide practical resources and tools that benefit the nonprofit organizations that are so crucial to the heart of our state. In her personal time, Jess enjoys adventuring around Oregon with her family, playing board games and trying to teach their dog, Barbara Anne, new tricks!


$125 for NAO Members
$175 for Nonmembers

The NAO member discount will be applied after you select "Register Now" below. You must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Leader prior to each session.

If you have questions or trouble registering contact



October 1st, 2021 12:00 PM through October 29th, 2021 1:15 PM
Online Event
Price $ 175.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Operations & Planning
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding