Leadership Development Program for Non-Profits

Lead with Confidence & Clarity

Join a leadership development program designed specifically for you: Executives, Senior Managers, and Board Members in the non-profit sector.

What you will get out of this program

As a non-profit leader, you will graduate this program with the practical know-how you need to avoid common but costly missteps, and guide your organizations with newfound confidence and clarity.

  • Deepen your understanding of good governance
  • Develop strategic clarity for your organization
  • Manage and mitigate enterprise-wide risk
  • Lead purposeful change
  • Tell a powerful organizational story
  • Plan for leadership transition and succession
  • Increase your impact and leadership potential

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“The intentional time to connect to other leaders and discuss these topics was important. We rarely have those opportunities so I very much valued that connection.”

– Christian Harvey, Executive Director, One City Peterborough

How to Participate

Individuals: Leadership Development Program Starts January 2021

The next Leadership Development program begins January 2021! Participation is limited so enroll now.

Non-Profit Organizations: Book a Private Leadership Development Program for Your Team or Community

Do you want your board, executive leadership and senior management to be on the same page? Are there organizational challenges that you would like to solve together? Contact us to discuss booking your own private Leadership Development Program.

Associations & Capacity-Building Agencies: Provide Value to your Members and Community with the Leadership Development Program

Do you want to offer unique added value to your members? Do you want to build capacity in your community or network? Are there community challenges that you would like to solve together? Contact us to discuss how you can bring the Leadership Development Program to your network or community.


Leadership Development Program Overview

Who is this for?

Laridae’s Leadership Development Program caters to experienced leaders, as well as those new to the role. It is ideal for you if:

  • You are currently, or will be, a senior leader or volunteer board member of a non-profit organization.
  • You want to better understand the value of healthy dynamics between executive leadership and the board.
  • You want to best leverage your capacity to lead your organization to have an even bigger impact in your community.
  • You are eager to learn, have an open mind, and are willing to try new things.

What makes this program unique?

  • Built for Non-Profits: Each module is designed to address issues uniquely faced by non-profits.
  • Practical and Engaging: Not only is the program rooted in best-practice and leadership theory, but it’s paired with practical tools and resources for quick implementation.

What is the format?

  • Six “Classroom” Modules: Led by Laridae’s experienced consultants, six 3-hour online classroom sessions cover the core components of the non-profit leadership program. Each training module will include interactive discussions, using real-world, practical examples from the non-profit sector.
  • Six “Coffeehouse” Facilitated Discussion Sessions: In the weeks between each classroom module, Laridae will lead facilitated online discussion sessions that enable you to get help with your unique challenges and graduate from the program with personal connections to fellow leaders from across the non-profit sector.
  • Tools and Guides: With the delivery of each module, we provide valuable takeaway material including case studies, guides, and tools that you can use to apply the learning in your workplace.
  • 1:1 Coaching Available: Our team has coached leaders in all levels of the non-profit sector. If you are interested in 1:1 help, we are happy to set up coaching sessions (additional fees apply).

What does this training program cost?

The investment per participant for this program is $2,195 + HST. This includes all six modules, facilitated coffeehouse sessions, certificate of completion, and all supporting materials for you to reference in the future.

Occasionally, we partner with capacity-building organizations and associations who provide scholarships or bursaries to cover part of the fee for participants.

If you are interested in exploring a partnership to provide this program to your community or network of members, we’d love to discuss opportunities to support you in building capacity in your community, or providing added value to your membership. Contact us at info@laridaemc.com or 705-243-5585.

“The tools and resources I received are directly applicable, useful, and produce tangible results in my work.”

– Dawn McColl, Assistant Executive Director, VCCS Employment Services


The Six Leadership Development Program Modules

Module 1: “Governance 101”

Deepen your understanding of good governance. Ensure that your Board members work well together, make effective decisions, and fulfill their fiduciary duties. Learn about the role of the Board versus the role of management, how to get good advice, and how to conduct Board business both efficiently and thoroughly.

Module 2: “Strategic Clarity”

Develop strategic clarity for your organization. Good strategy builds organizational capacity, enables good decision-making, assists with communication, and creates healthy work environments. In this module, you will learn how to build a positive strategic planning process. One that leads to deeper engagement, consensus, and a renewed commitment to your mission and vision.

Module 3: “Risk Management & Business Continuity”

Manage and mitigate enterprise-wide risk. Learn how to implement an enterprise-wide risk management framework. Begin to proactively—and preventatively—manage your biggest risks. Improve your business acumen through the use of risk-identification methods. You will leave with the tools necessary to assess your organization’s risks and implement mitigation strategies.

Module 4: “Readiness for Change”

Lead purposeful change. Self-assess your readiness for change as a leader. How will your team members and organization react when change occurs? What role will they play on the team to help manage change? What do you need for change to be successful? 

Module 5: “Storytelling”

Tell a powerful organizational story. How can you cultivate your organization’s stories? Why should we tell stories? What are the essential elements of a good story? This module will teach you how to use storytelling to effectively market and communicate your brand, fundraise, advocate, recruit, and engage staff and volunteers.

Module 6: “Succession Planning”

Plan for leadership transition and succession. A change in key leadership functions is a cultural and operational milestone for an organization. Prepare for inevitable leadership transitions by identifying and cultivating leadership from within your organization, planning for external recruitment, and making sure that each stakeholder understands their role and knows “what’s next” when a leadership change occurs.

“I will build on the relationship that I have with the board in new more confident ways. I have already had a conversation with the board president and relayed information that we might want to revise our by-laws to increase efficiency.”
“I will bring a heightened awareness of processes around governance to the boards on which I serve.”


Meet Your Instructors

Ugette Vanderpost
Senior Associate & Training Lead

A gifted educator and speaker, Ugette brings to this role a wide range of leadership skills. For over twenty years she has been dedicated to guiding others as they engage in their own learning and professional development. Her experience includes organizational development, strategic problem solving, and transition planning. Her strengths are in facilitating conversations that build trust and commitment towards a common vision. As a head of school, facilitator, and coach Ugette has honed collaboration techniques that build effective relationships across diverse communities.

In her role as Senior Associate and Training Lead at Laridae, she is committed to designing engaging learning opportunities for all clients. Ugette is currently completing her Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University. A lover of the great outdoors, Ugette also volunteers her time as a Varsity Rowing Coach for Trent University. She lives with her family in the Otonabee countryside, just outside of Peterborough, Ontario.

Danielle Rocheleau

As CEO, Danielle leads the Laridae team, driving the future growth of the company. The foundation of Danielle’s professional experience, career, and passion has been rooted in community development. An entrepreneurial, strategic thinker, Danielle deploys collaborative approaches to problem-solving. She leads some of Laridae’s highest profile strategic planning, governance, communications, and branding projects.

Prior to consulting, she held executive roles with the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) and Peterborough & Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED). Danielle has actively engaged in governance throughout her career as a volunteer Board member of non-profits. She is currently completing her Chartered Director (C.Dir.) program at McMaster University. Bilingual, Danielle is originally from Timmins.

Jonathan Bennett
Founder & Senior Associate

Jonathan provides sought-after strategic counsel to leaders, executive teams, and boards across Ontario. With experience in urban, rural, remote, and First Nations communities, Jonathan’s expertise is in strategic planning, governance, change management, and communications. He was Laridae’s CEO for its first eight years. Jonathan is now solely focused on leading client projects as one of the firm’s Senior Associates.

Before founding Laridae, he held leadership roles at a large regional hospital, as well as education and social services organizations. A widely published and award-winning writer, Jonathan is the author of seven books. An experienced director, Jonathan currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). He obtained his Chartered

Valentina Kibedi

Community development and partnership building have been at the heart of Valentina’s career. With over ten years’ experience, Valentina has held progressively senior roles in the non-profit and media sectors—including four years at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. At Laridae, Valentina leads a range of strategy, facilitation, and planning projects, and provides training and coaching to non-profit leaders and managers. With a passion for supporting mission-driven organizations and asking thought-provoking questions, Valentina supports Laridae’s clients to develop actionable strategies and implement change.

Valentina holds a degree in Criminology from York University, has volunteered for a variety of community organizations in Peterborough and across the GTA, and currently serves as the treasurer of the Peterborough Independent Podcasters Association.