Art of Leadership for

Philanthropic Leaders

Take a leap forward towards being a more powerful, effective, and collaborative leader in the world of philanthropy.

Training Details

The Art of Leadership for Philanthropic Leaders is a 5-day retreat-style training that brings together a group of 20-26 foundation executives & board members, program officers, donors, corporate sponsors, and other leaders leveraging financial resources for social good. During the training, they engage with Rockwood’s six core practices: Purpose, Vision, Performance, Resilience, Partnership, and Personal Ecology. While the curriculum for the training will be the same as Rockwood’s most popular training, the Art of Leadership, this training’s focus on philanthropic leaders creates a learning community that is able to engage in questions and conversations specifically about the foundation and philanthropic world.


I cannot speak highly enough about this training. It was absolutely life-changing.

Liam CabalSenior Program Manager, AIDS United

This was by far the best designed and best facilitated leadership training I have ever been in. Thank you, thank you for the opportunity to take part.

Hanni HansonProgram Officer, Compton Foundation

The Rockwood Art of Leadership Training far exceeded my expectations. I was nourished, supported, challenged, and celebrated.

Judy WrightDirector, Ohio Transformation Fund

The AOL was an intensely powerful experience and the best leadership training I have ever received. Rockwood created a safe space for deep introspection about my purpose and power, and taught me practical skills to enhance my leadership.

Brandee ButlerHead of Gender Justice & Human Rights, C & A Foundation


The Advanced Art of Leadership is a 5 day, 4 night training in a beautiful, serene retreat center, with all meals and snacks taken care of so you can focus completely on yourself and your leadership.

3:00 – 6:00 PM Introductions & Overview of Program
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 PM Overview of Purpose as the foundation of leadership
10:00 PM Quiet Time

7:45 – 8:45 AM Breakfast
8:45 – 12:45 PM Overview of Vision: Communicating our vision as leaders, presentation, listening and feedback skills
12:45 – 2:15 PM  Lunch
2:15 – 6:15 PM
Vision continued, and Overview of Performance: 360-degree feedback assessment review and analysis; action planning on survey results
6:15 – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:15 PM
Performance continued: Group team building skill development; Team Performance Survey Team/organizational assessment and analysis; developin gskills to develop highly-functioning teams
10:00 PM Quiet time

7:45 – 8:45 AM Breakfast
8:45 – 12:45 PM
Overview of Resilience and emotional intelligence: Creating results as a leader through managing leadership posture and monitoring impact; Taking responsibility for managing state of being
12:45 – 3:15 PM Lunch and Long break
3:15 – 6:30 PM Overview of Partnership: Exploring the intersections between personal and collaborative power, active listening, social identity storytelling, and authentic dialogue as they relate to effective leadership
6:30 – 7:30 PM Dinner
10:00 PM Quiet time

8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 12:15 PM Overview of Personal Ecology
12:15 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 6:00 PM Partnership continued: Courageous Conversations and Collaborative Conversations
6:00 – 7:15 PM Dinner
7:15 – 8:30 PM Group Activity
8:30 – 10:00 PM Party!

8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 12:40 AM Revisiting Vision and Leading Forward, Closing Circle
1:00 PM Lunch

Foundation Alums

Here is a short list of foundations who have sent their staff through the Art of Leadership for Philanthropic Leaders:

  • Tides Foundation
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Thrive Networks
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • American Jewish World Service
  • Pacific Environment
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

  • The National LGBTQ Task Force
  • Mozilla Foundation
  • Thousand Currents
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Women Donors Network
  • Wilburforce Foundation
  • Ms. Foundation for Women
  • New Israel Fund

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