Direct Impact

Direct Impact is an experiential board leadership program which will prepare exceptional young business leaders for high-impact nonprofit board service.

We support participants as they identify and unleash the skills, competencies, and qualities they need as leaders to be able to influence and impact people throughout their lives, both through board service and beyond.

Each cohort is comprised of a diverse group of young private sector leaders who have been identified as rising stars within their sector or corporation. Participants have over seven years of professional experience, are committed to social change, and are seeking nonprofit board participation.

Individual Impact

Our unique leadership development process transforms individuals, allowing them to better understand who they are, how they operate in the sector, and what they can do to make change happen. Individuals are equipped to think critically about how the social and private sectors can work together, while learning the principles of exceptional nonprofit governance.

Employee Engagement

Investment in the professional and leadership development of high-potential employees leads to increased engagement, retention, and performance. The opportunity for employees to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds across the globe leads to better teamwork, management practices, and problem solving skills.

Program Components

  • Two leadership retreats in NYC
  • Monthly workshops that include comprehensive governance training and leadership development
  • Immersive multi-day site visits with Echoing Green Fellows
  • Engagement in board placement process for Echoing Green Fellow boards
  • Continued support through the first board meeting
  • Alumni program and ongoing participation in Echoing Green network

To Apply

The next Direct Impact cohort will begin in January 2017. The application will open in early September. For questions or to be alerted when the next application is available, please contact