High Performing Managers Initiative
Strengthening management skills for emerging leaders.
CRE’s High Performing Managers Initiative (HPMI) is a series of eight interactive sessions over seven months for mid-level managers of nonprofit organizations and government agencies. It will give you the tools and strategies to tackle leadership issues and propel your career forward.
In the HPMI, you will collaborate with peers in small groups to share experiences and problem solve. We will come together to discuss practical tools you can use at your organization to help your team reach its goals. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your development through real-time input from course participants, as well as through feedback gathered from colleagues at your organization. Plus, every participant will get a customized coaching session to review
team feedback and focus on individual needs.
Given the pandemic and the need to stay safe, all sessions will be virtual via video conferencing.
This program will feature:
▪ Issue-based workshops with peers at other organizations.
▪ 360° feedback assessment from peers, managers, and supervisees within your organization.
▪ Individual coaching to support your development as a manager.
▪ Small-group peer-to-peer support sessions that provide opportunities to grapple with your specific management challenges.
Who should apply:
▪ Emerging leaders at nonprofit organizations, ideally with at least three years of managerial experience.
▪ Mid-level managers with two or more people reporting to them, whose performance they supervise and evaluate.
This program will help you:
▪ Lead and manage your team towards outcomes in times of uncertainty.
▪ Support effective collaboration within your team with remote work.
▪ Maximize your impact and influence in your organization.
▪ Strengthen your supervision skills toward developing a high-performing team.
▪ Apply a culturally competent lens to your approach to supervision and management.
High Performing Managers Initiative – Calendar
CRE’s High Performing Managers Institute has a public cohort for all applicants – as well as a DYCD-specific program for NYC DYCD Grantees only.
All Applicants – Calendar
▪ Wednesday, December 9, 2021 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
The cost per participant is $3,900. We recognize that this may be a barrier for some participants. We endeavor to secure support from some of our funders to offer full or partial scholarships to accepted participants.
Access the Application here:
DYCD Grantees Only – Calendar
▪ Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
▪ Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 9:00am – 12:00pm ET
This program is generously funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DCYD) and is offered at no cost to those who are accepted.
Access the DYCD Grantee Application here:
For more information, register for our upcoming information session on Thursday, October 14th at 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET here. Otherwise, please contact Genesis Galva at [email protected].
HPMI FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Where will sessions be held?
Given the Covid-19 pandemic, all High Performing Managers Initiative sessions will be held virtually to keep everyone safe. As such, participants will need access to a computer with Internet access and video/camera capabilities. We expect participants to keep their video cameras on during the sessions so that we can all see each other and build a deliberate learning community.
The High Performing Managers Initiative will utilize the Zoom platform for all High Performing Managers Initiative sessions. A free, basic Zoom account is all that is needed (you do not need to have a paid Zoom account to participate).
Will I receive certification for this training and when?
You will receive a certificate at the end of the entire course indicating the topic discussions and the number of hours you have completed.
What is 360 Feedback?
We work with a company to administer feedback surveys to your colleagues (i.e. your supervisor, peers, and direct reports) so that you can gain a 360 degree view of how they see you exhibiting leadership behaviors. We don’t show up the same way to everyone and this 360 feedback tool helps us form deep insights about our leadership.
Do I need to attend every session?
The short answer is Yes. It will be a richer experience if you attend every session. In addition, if you receive scholarship support, your funder has invested time and energy into your participation and expects you to be at every session. Since a primary goal is to increase your personal knowledge and skills, participation is non-transferable.
Each participant is permitted a maximum of two absences in order to meet the requirements for completion of this program.
Please be mindful that this is a selective program and that your acceptance of a seat in this cohort means someone else may not have a chance to participate.
If I can’t attend a session, can I send another staff person in my place?
Since a primary goal is to increase your personal knowledge and skills, participation is non-transferable.
My organization can’t pay the entire amount for me to participate. Should I still apply?
If you are interested in participating in the High Performing Managers Initiative, please complete an application. We will do our best to help find resources to help all participants who need financial support. However, we can’t guarantee scholarships for everyone and sadly there’s a possibility that there may not be enough financial support for everyone who needs it. But it is important that you submit an application to get the whole process started. Try not to let the financial concerns stop you from applying.
How do you determine if I am eligible for a scholarship?
In your application, if you answer that you may need a scholarship, we will try to match you with a funder offering a scholarship. We will also ask for a list of your private foundation funders to see if any of those align with the funders we have or know. And we may ask you to reach out to some specific funders to see if there are support opportunities.
Scholarships are not guaranteed for every participant but we will work with you as best we can to make sure that if you are accepted into the High Performing Managers Initiative, that cost is not a prohibitive factor.
How do I know if I qualify for a DYCD scholarship?
To be eligible for a DYCD scholarship, your organization must have a current contract with DYCD to deliver program services. All decisions for DYCD scholarships are made by DYCD after we (CRE) recommend to them a list of potential participants who meet eligibility and other application guidelines, and who we feel will contribute to the overall cohort experience.
Since all sessions will be via video conferencing, do I need to keep my camera on all the time?
Given the pandemic and the need to stay safe, all sessions will be virtual via video conferencing. We will require that participants have their video cameras on for all of the High Performing Managers Initiative sessions so that we can build strong connections with each other and engage in meaningful discussions.
Understanding that many of our meetings and interactions are via video, we will do our best to keep you fresh and engaged while on screen (e.g., we’ll schedule breaks to step away from the computer).
How many people will be in my cohort?
Generally, we try to keep cohort size between 18 and 20 participants.
What is the time frame of the cohort?
The High Performing Managers Initiative starts with an Orientation session and ends with a Closing session. In between, we will have sessions mostly scheduled every two weeks (with a couple of exceptions). Please refer to the High Performing Managers Initiative schedule.
Will I get my money back if I don’t finish the program?
Sorry, we do not offer refunds if you don’t finish the program. However, we are willing to listen if there are extenuating circumstances.
Please keep in mind that if you receive a scholarship and do not finish the program, you may be required by the funder to return part or all of the scholarship.
What are the payment options/schedule?
Once you are accepted into the High Performing Managers Initiative and you agree to final costs (including whatever scholarships, if any, you get), we’re willing to work with you on a payment schedule that fits your requirements and constraints.