Nonprofit Executive RoundTable

New cohort to begin in September, 2018

It can be lonely at the top. Nonprofit executives are peerless within their organization, with no one to talk to about sensitive issues and challenging situations. The ESC Nonprofit Executive RoundTable (NET) addresses this support gap and provides a confidential forum for nonprofit chief executives to share challenges and get real-time constructive feedback from smart, connected leaders outside their organizations who understand the unique challenges of the job.

Meeting once a month for 9 months, the facilitated roundtable creates a consistent community of peers where nonprofit leaders have the freedom to openly present issues of concern and get support from peers. Topics are chosen ahead based on the interests of the group members and occasional guest speakers present on topics like risk management and Massachusetts employment laws. Participants share resources in a Dropbox for members only and learn and grow as a leader.

Sue Heilman, the RoundTable Facilitator, is an experienced nonprofit leader having spent over 25 years growing and leading mission-based organizations. For eighteen years, Sue headed Horizons for Homeless Children, which is based in Boston and has offices and program locations across Massachusetts, building it to the largest U.S. organization focused on the needs of young homeless children. Sue also served as CEO of The Family Center and as Director of the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement. In addition to consulting for ESC since early 2016, Sue recently served as the Interim Executive Director for ACE (Alternatives for Community and Environment) and Boston Mobilization, following interim Executive Director roles with the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, MassEquality and Hull Lifesaving Museum.

What participants in prior Nonprofit Executive RoundTables have told us:

My staff asked where I was going and I replied, ‘to my ED therapy group. I wouldn’t miss it!‘”
“It’s a great sounding board, a really good reality check for me on professional norms, and a terrific place for idea generation on all kinds of organizational and program material.”  
“Do we have to wait a whole month to meet again?”


  • You can apply for the new cohort that will begin in September, 2018 now. Ms. Heilman will use a Doodle poll to set the first meeting date and the schedule for the year will be set by the group at the first session.
  • Cost per participant is $875; scholarships are available—ask Julie.
  • A refundable $50 deposit is required of all applicants.
  • Contact Julie Crockford with questions at [email protected] or 617-357-5550.

Apply for the September 2018 Group

If you have questions about whether the Nonprofit Executive RoundTable is right for you, please contact Julie Crockford at [email protected] or 617-357-5550.

To apply to participate in the September 2018 group click here.

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