Scheduled to launch in January 2018

A Peer Group for Leaders
Of Not-For-Profit Organizations

Do you lead a not-for-profit organization?

Six years ago, I began forming peer groups for CEOs. Among the 100+ members across the first six groups, several not-for-profit CEOs enjoyed — and substantially contributed to — the experience and peer influence.

And yet, they said, “We are different. Our organizations are truly mission oriented. We are building communal assets, rather than personal ownership equity. And we are assessed by a board…

“We might be founders and builders, but we are stewards rather than owners.”

The most recent to tell me this: Beth Paul, President of Capital University. Beth said, “Let’s assemble a new peer group, one for leaders with executive authority in not-for-profit organizations.

That’s where we are now.

Here’s the plan.

  • Meetings, starting in January 2018:
    • second Tuesdays, with some exceptions; eight times a year (January-May and September-November, 8:30a-2:30p)
    • one annual overnight retreat (in Ohio)
    • Vistage Executive Summit, an annual meeting of 120+ local business leaders
    • invitations to Vistage speakers visiting other Birdhouse groups (“Birdhouse” is the community of Vistage members in my practice.)
    • Monthly meetings of Triads (groups of three members) for accountability and small-group issue processing.
  • Members: CEOs (and COOs with operating authority) of central Ohio not-for-profit organizations — no competitors, no conflicts
  • Dues, paid in advance:
    • $4,493 annually
    • or $2,281 semi-annually
    • or $386 monthly (12 months per year)

If this interests you, do either (or both) of these next steps.

Reach Out!

Contact the chair…

I am glad for any questions and would be delighted to meet to discuss your ambitions and intentions.

…or the initial founding members:


We are building the group around the founding members, as they join. (Check back as this list grows.)

If all of us agree that you would fit productively with these founding members, say, “Yes, I want to be a founding member.” Then we will build the group around them and you.

A kind-hearted,
but candid
statement of intention

Qualitatively, we will admit people who are firing on all cylinders:

  • are smart, ambitious, and successful
  • are trusting and trustworthy
  • are earnest, but don’t take themselves too seriously
  • are kind-hearted (no jerks)
  • play the big game — are willing to bring their biggest challenges
  • can engage — show up on time, focus (no cell phones), lean in
  • will confront their peers kindly
  • are experienced enough to know they need to change — and energetic enough to do it.

This groups is for “A” Players. If you are an “A” Player, here is a message for you.