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Manager Learning Group

This 5-week program offers in-depth training by experts and interactive peer-to-peer learning and networking with fellow nonprofit professionals in management positions.


Location: Nonprofit Management Solutions


Need a place to learn and discuss how to handle the challenges of managing people and programs?

The Manager Learning Group provides an interactive space for nonprofit professionals to learn about and discuss the key management topics below, while also getting individualized support and advice from the group on real-life issues and challenges. Participants gain perspective on universal management approaches that span across industries and departments. This 5-week program provides an excellent venue for networking and resource sharing in our local San Diego community. This hands-on learning group also provides an opportunity for managers to develop a personal action plan journal that can be used during and after the program is completed.

What people are saying:
"Very helpful!"
"I really enjoyed the sessions."
"The small group gave great ideas to each other, bringing up real life events and coming up with solutions."
"I appreciated having a space to think through the struggles I encounter as a manager and to build a tool kit for how to tackle them."
"I appreciated being able to practice concepts we learned in the real world."
"It made me think outside the box and to put myself in my staff's shoes."

Sessions & Topics:
Session 1: Leadership and Management
  • Define and clarify what it means to be a manager and a leader.
  • Describe how your role in the organization contributes to mission achievement.
  • Identify your personal vision and goals for leadership.
  • Explore strategies to maximize your individual leadership style.
Session 2: Building Your Team
  • Develop a framework to build a strong, engaged team.
  • Define your role as team leader in working with your staff.
  • Identify ways to communicate a common purpose/charter.
  • Develop or refine team goal-setting strategies.
Session 3: Communicating Trust, Value, and Respect
  • Clarify elements of the communication process
  • Define your communication style
  • Determine the effectiveness of your communications
  • Utilize successful practices to improve communication
  • Identify a working model for your desired communication outcomes
Session 4: Minimalize Conflict and Maximize Employee Engagement
  • Define and describe conflict styles
  • Identify your own conflict management style and evaluate its’ effectiveness.
  • Recognize & manage misunderstandings before they become conflicts.
  • Discover effective resolution processes
  • Develop effective strategies to leverage employee engagement
Session 5: Working Effectively within Organizational Culture
  • Define and describe your organization’s culture.
  • Explore the types and dimensions of your organization’s culture.
  • Assess how organizational culture aligns with personal values and style.
  • Identify mechanisms that embed culture.

Who Should Attend
Ideal for nonprofit professionals such as Managers or Directors with 1 - 5 years experience overseeing employees. Duties can include hiring and firing, budget development or monitoring, and working with other managers.

How much does it cost?

Public Price: $575
Member Price: $500
Sweet Deal: $425


CHRISTIANA TASTO has worked in the nonprofit sector for more that thirteen years directing youth development and diversity programs in community-based organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA, where she created and presented programs on youth character education, life skills, and diversity. In her role as training specialist at Nonprofit Management Solutions, Christiana has facilitated professional development programs on a variety of topics, including communication skills, coaching, team-building, and workplace professionalism. Christiana holds a Masters of Arts in Psychology.