Six years ago, I began forming peer groups for CEOs. Among the 100+ members across the first 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.”
We launched the group in January 2018. With 24 members during the first month, we split the group into two sub-groups with overlapping meetings and relationships.
Introducing Super Group
- Seven times a year (January-May and October-November), usually on second Tuesdays; two overlapping sessions (8:15a-2:30p or 11:30a-5:45p) — come to either session — or both!
- September meeting is our annual overnight retreat (in Yellow Springs, Ohio)
- The other months, we hold a two-hour express version of our meeting.
- Invitations to Vistage speakers visiting other Birdhouse groups (“Birdhouse” is the community of Vistage members in my practice.) See the current offerings at Birdfeeders.info.
- 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:
- $4,644 annually
- or $2,358 semi-annually
- or $399 monthly (12 months per year)
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…or the initial founding members:
- Christie Angel, President, YWCA Columbus
- Rebecca Asmo, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs
- Ann Bischoff, Chief Executive Officer, Star House
- Michelle Moskowitz Brown, Executive Director, Local Matters
- Katie Carter, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Columbus
- Janet Chen, Executive Director, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
- Jennifer Ciccarelli, Head of School, Columbus School for Girls
- Natalie Coles, Area Development Director, United Negro College Fund
- Melanie Corn, President, Columbus College of Art & Design
- Mike Davis, President, Junior Achievement of Central Ohio
- Kimberly Dorniden, EVP/COO, Mid-Ohio Foodbank
- Peggy Kriha Dye, President, Opera Columbus
- Christy Farnbauch, Executive Director, NAWBO Columbus
- Rachel Finney, Executive Director, Columbus Humane
- Katina Fullen, Executive Director, I Know I Can
- Erika Gable, Executive Director , Women’s Small Business Accelerator
- Oyauma Garrison, President & CEO, A Kid Again
- Chuck Gibson, Director/CEO, Worthington Libraries
- Matthew Goldstein, Executive Director, BESA Community
- Vicki Bowen Hewes, Founder & CEO, Dress For Success Columbus
- Eric Karolak, President, Action for Children
- Rachel Lustig, President & CEO, Catholic Social Services
- Nikki McCarthy, Founder & Executive Director, Sam’s Fans
- Beth Paul, President, Capital University
- Ernest Perry, President & CEO, HandsOn Central Ohio
- Teresa Trost, Executive Director, Community Shares of Mid Ohio
With so many members, we have split the group into two groups — with overlapping events and relationships: a super group!
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.