Continue to learn with us.

Throughout the  year, we offer continuing education workshops which are free to current students and alumni. 

Bringing your Personal Brand to Life, led by Commongood Careers
Thursday, March 9, 2017
3:00-5:00pm @ United Way, 51 Sleeper Street, Boston

Whether you're hoping to strengthen your network to help you in your current role, or you're working toward a new role, you're always sharing your personal brand. This workshop will provide concrete guidance around bringing your personal brand to life, helping you communicate your skillset through your resume, LinkedIn profile, offline and online presence. It will highlight the importance of the proactive and passive brand-building that happens every day, not simply when you're launching an active job search. Supported by our colleagues at Commongood Careers, participants will have the opportunity to develop specific action plans that better position them for impact within their networks. This workshop is most appropriate for manager and director level professionals, but all are welcome to attend.

Negotiation Essentials, led by Dorothy Chen-Courtin, MBA, PhD
Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:30-10:30am @ United Way, 51 Sleeper Street, Boston

At this session, we will explore the proven, basic tenets of the negotiation process, the essential thinking, planning, flow and phases of the mechanics of negotiation, and begin to better understand what drives us and what motivates our opponents in the common aim for a win-win solution.              

The session will include a negotiation essentials presentation, a hands-on negotiation case for participants, concluding with an interactive discussion on the experience, thus translating theory into practice.  The desired takeaway for session participants would be a heightened awareness of what negotiation is and is not, acquire knowledge on the structure of the negotiation process, be given a chance to apply the knowledge immediately, and, hopefully have a new or renewed interest to learn more.  

Matterness: Making Stakeholders Feel Known, Valued, and Empowered, led by Debra Askanase
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
9:30-12pm @ Citizen Schools, 308 Congress Street

Matterness is a way of working that makes our stakeholders feel known, acknowledged and invested in their support of our organizations. Stakeholders who feel like they Matter enthusiastically contribute their time, knowledge, networks and funds when asked. This participatory workshop will focus on understanding and implementing Matterness in your digital communications, with a special focus on social communications. We will discuss how to move organizational culture from “us/them” to that of inviting online stakeholders to be in conversation with us, creating avenues for participation, and leading by listening. We’ll look at examples, and get to work developing implementable digital and social media Matterness practices. You will leave with a new framework for communication, and concrete ideas to put into place. This workshop is appropriate for any nonprofit professional, and especially valuable to individuals with some responsibility for/influence on communications efforts, especially social media.


“Whether it's better ways to facilitate a board meeting, manage a budget, or strategically plan the organization’s future, I believe I am better equipped to help increase my nonprofit’s impact through lessons learned at the Institute.”

—Lily Lynch, Senior Director of Women's Philanthropy, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley