Set Your Business Talents on a Mission.
Direct Impact transforms rising stars of the private sector into highly-effective board leaders of the world’s most innovative social enterprises.

Echoing Green has been ahead of the curve for 30 years, supporting more than 700 visionaries around the world who are transforming their communities. Our innovative board leadership program is an initiative to accelerate private sector talent to have a direct impact on changing the world for the better.


Skills.

Learn directly from nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, and community members so you develop the knowledge required to fully participate and contribute in the social change ecosystem.

Experiences.

Immerse yourself in communities around the globe, participate in individual, small, and large-group experiences, and practice the leadership and governance processes you are learning.

Connections.

Join a cohort of your peers for an experience that develops strong, lifelong relationships and a network of individuals who are equally dedicated to making the world a better place.

Direct Impact Graduate Maria Palmer

“Direct Impact solidified my understanding of how I can stay actively involved in the social sector without it being my primary job.”

Maria Palma

Director of Platform, RRE
Fall 2015 Cohort

Direct Impact participants see social change in action
Corporate and custom leadership trainings

Program Offerings

Extended (12-week Evening, Online & Weekend Program)

Spring 2018 Cohort
New York retreats January 19-21 & March 23-25, 2018; site visits tba
Early Application Deadline: October 1, 2017 (priority review & placement)
Applications Due: December 1, 2017

APPLY ONLINE

A three-month cohort experience comprised of two weekend-long retreats, two evening workshops, and an immersive multi-day site visit with an Echoing Green Fellow organization. Upon completion, participants are invited into an alumni program and may seek board matching assistance.
Program fee: $8,500 per participant, includes all program retreats, workshops, and on-the-ground travel (excludes airfare).

Accelerated (6-Day Intensive Program)

Spring 2018 dates will be announced in Fall 2017

An immersive program including four days of leadership development and governance training and two days of hands-on experience with an Echoing Green Fellow organization. Upon completion, participants are invited into an alumni program and may seek board matching assistance.
Program fee: $8,500 per participant, includes all program retreats, workshops, and on-the-ground travel (excludes airfare).

Workshops and Custom Trainings

Half-day, full-day, and customized workshop offerings include nonprofit governance training, a personal leadership audit and purpose-statement development, and discussions on the principles of exceptional board leadership. Send inquiries to program director Kate Hayes: kate@echoinggreen.org

 
Direct Impact Graduate Kendra Nelson

“I saw that my ability to have impact is not only dependent on my business savvy, but also on my ability to listen and support the nonprofit leaders I work with.”

Kendra Nelson

Finance Manager, Toys R Us Inc.
Spring 2016 Cohort

Past Worksite Immersions

Uganda Site Visit

FundiBots, Uganda

Fall 2015 Cohort

Nepal Site Visit

Accountability Lab, Nepal

Spring 2016 Cohort

El Salvador Site Visit

ConTextos, El Salvador

Fall 2015 Cohort

Past Participants

In each cohort, we engage a small and diverse group of leaders who have been identified as rising stars in the private sector, and are seeking opportunities to deepen their engagement with positive social change.


Direct Impact Graduate Marques Zak

“Direct Impact pushed me to be more thoughtful about my own career, pursuing experiences that will shape me into the executive, and the leader, I want to be.”

Marques Zak

Finance Director, PepsiCo
Spring 2016 Cohort


For more information on the program and application, contact Kate Hayes, Director of Direct Impact, kate@echoinggreen.org

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