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ADVANCE YOUR LEADERSHIP CAREER TRAJECTORY

Mastermind Leadership Development

What is PMA's Mastermind Program? 

The PMA Mastermind is a small group of highly motivated individuals committed to each other's growth and development while driving each other to reach the highest levels of success. 

Nonprofit leaders, especially as they move up in their organizations, are often isolated. A mastermind group overcomes isolation and leverages the power of many minds to provide support and feedback, increase accountability, build your network, and make genuine progress toward personal and professional goals. 

The Mastermind Program brings together groups of six to eight nonprofit leaders to accelerate their Path to Nonprofit Leadership. Our four-month virtual program (seven two-hour sessions) combines one-on-one coaching and peer mentorship to meet the needs of every individual in each cohort.

Why should I join?

Nonprofit leaders are often so focused on the needs of the organization that they do not have time for their own professional development. Our Mastermind Program gives you the structure you need to think about your personal strategic plan to guide your leadership journey over the next one, three, and five years.

Our Mastermind program will give you: 

  • An expanded network of like-minded community peers
  • Clarity, accountability and focus to move forward on your Path to Nonprofit Leadership  
  • Insights into your blind spots  
  • A confidential space to discuss challenges and problems with other nonprofit leaders  
  • The design of a Personal Planning Retreat  
  • An assessment of your 12 Essential Skills and Experiences for nonprofit leadership  
  • A Curated List of Resource Materials designed to guide your professional development curriculum  
  • Mastermind Leadership Development Certificate, along withspecific language to include on your LinkedIn/resume, which will help you stand out amongst the competition for future leadership positions. 
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MASTERMIND GRADUATES

Who has participated in PMA's Mastermind Program?

PMA's Mastermind Community now includes 16 cohorts of motivated, diverse, and dedicated nonprofit leaders who have embraced the program since it began in the Fall of 2020. These 115+ individuals have capitalized on the Mastermind concept, utilized virtual access to the program, and continue to build their networking relationships with colleagues from across the country.

Mastermind Testimonials

Want to hear directly from some participants? View the videos below to understand how Lisa, Alec, and Kristin approached their Mastermind experience. 

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What do past graduates say
about their experiences?

If you are interested in evaluating your career, where you want to go, and the skills you need to make a change at your current/new organization, this program would serve you well.

I discovered an incredible community of peers that I can lean on for guidance and encouragement as we support each other on our journeys as nonprofit leaders. 

The Mastermind Program gave me structured time to invest in myself and think specifically about my career and my professional development trajectory.

View Our 2024 Cohorts

2024 Spring Diamond Group

2024 Spring Gold Group

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Eligibility Criteria

    Who is the ideal participant? 

    PMA's Mastermind Program is for nonprofit leaders with at least five years of experience who are serious about advancing their skills in the nonprofit sector and propelling their leadership to the next level.  

     

    Is this program only for fundraisers? 

    Absolutely not. While we are fortunate to work with many talented individuals in development roles in our consulting work and in the Mastermind Program, nonprofit leaders in any role are welcome. We are proud of the fact that leaders with titles such as Director of Human Resources, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Family Services Manager have thrived in the program. 

     
    How many people are in each Mastermind cohort? 

    Each cohort is composed of six to eight talented nonprofit leaders. This small group size ensures that each participant receives adequate individual coaching, while also expanding their network and benefiting from accountability and feedback from the other participants. 

     
    Do I have to live in Charlotte to take part? 

    No! Since our program is virtual, we have leaders from across the country join us each season. 

  • Application & Cost

    What's required to apply?  

    The application is an online form that will take you fewer than 10 minutes to complete. It will ask you about your current role, why you're interested in the Mastermind Program, and which cohort you're interested in joining. There is no payment required to apply. 

    PMA is committed to hosting a diverse and dynamic membership for our Mastermind Program. We seek to have representation from a cross section of the nonprofit community including different sectors, ethnic/minority groups, and gender identities.  
     

    How much does the program cost? 

    Prices are going up March 15, 2024!! After March 15, 2024, registration for PMA's Mastermind Program will be $1450 which covers all costs for the seven two-hour small group coaching sessions, program materials, and support by email/phone as needed. 

    For those individuals interested in receiving one-on-one coaching beyond the cohort activities, a Premium Registration option is available for $1850, after March 15, 2024. The premium registration comes with three additional one-hour coaching sessions with Patton to be used at your discretion. For example, you could use an additional coaching session during the Mastermind Program to receive more targeted coaching on a particular topic, or perhaps later when a leadership opportunity becomes available, and you'd like to get coaching to prep for the interview.  

    ***If you register before March 15, 2024, we will offer you early bird pricing at the same price as previous years ($1250 for Basic and $1550 for premium). 

     

    Are there financial aid and/or scholarships available? 

    We expect many employers will underwrite the cost because of the value for their employees and ultimately their organization. However, partial scholarships are available and will be awarded, discretionarily, based on need (these individual conversations will take place after a cohort has been selected for each program). In the event a scholarship is not available, we will work out payment plans with participants on a case-by-case basis.  
     

    How do I apply? 

    We are excited that you are ready to accelerate your journey on Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership by participating in PMA's Mastermind Program.  

    The Deadline to apply for the Summer 2024 Cohort: April 17, 2024 

    The application is an online form (via SurveyMonkey) that will take you fewer than 10 minutes to complete.  

  • 2024 Program Dates

    Each season will have two cohorts. For each cohort, there will be seven 2-hour virtual sessions that take place over four months. All sessions will take place on Thursdays or Fridays at 2pm EST. See below for tentative dates for the 2024 Summer and Fall Seasons.

     

    Summer 2024 Diamond Group 

    Session 1: Thursday, May 16th

    Session 2: Thursday, May 30th

    Session 3: Thursday, June 13th 

    Session 4: Thursday, June 27th 

    Session 5: Thursday, July 11th 

    Session 6: Thursday, July 25th 

    Session 7: Thursday, August 8th 

     

    Summer 2024 Gold Group 

    Session 1: Thursday, May 23rd 

    Session 2: Thursday, June 6th

    Session 3: Thursday, June 20th

    Session 4: Tuesday, July 2nd

    Session 5: Thursday, July 18th 

    Session 6: Thursday, August 1st

    Session 7: Thursday, August 15th

     

    Fall 2024 Diamond Group

    Session 1: Thursday, September 19th

    Session 2: Thursday, October 3rd

    Session 3: Thursday, October 17th 

    Session 4: Thursday, October 31st 

    Session 5: Thursday, November 14th 

    Session 6: Thursday, December 5th 

    Session 7: Thursday, December 19th 

     

    Fall 2024 Gold Group

    Session 1: Thursday, September 26th

    Session 2: Thursday, October 10th

    Session 3: Thursday, October 24th 

    Session 4: Thursday, November 7th 

    Session 5: Thursday, November 21st

    Session 6: Friday, December 6th 

    Session 7: Friday, December 20th 

Eligibility Criteria

Who is the ideal participant? 

PMA's Mastermind Program is for nonprofit leaders with at least five years of experience who are serious about advancing their skills in the nonprofit sector and propelling their leadership to the next level.  

 

Is this program only for fundraisers? 

Absolutely not. While we are fortunate to work with many talented individuals in development roles in our consulting work and in the Mastermind Program, nonprofit leaders in any role are welcome. We are proud of the fact that leaders with titles such as Director of Human Resources, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Family Services Manager have thrived in the program. 

 
How many people are in each Mastermind cohort? 

Each cohort is composed of six to eight talented nonprofit leaders. This small group size ensures that each participant receives adequate individual coaching, while also expanding their network and benefiting from accountability and feedback from the other participants. 

 
Do I have to live in Charlotte to take part? 

No! Since our program is virtual, we have leaders from across the country join us each season. 

Application & Cost

What's required to apply?  

The application is an online form that will take you fewer than 10 minutes to complete. It will ask you about your current role, why you're interested in the Mastermind Program, and which cohort you're interested in joining. There is no payment required to apply. 

PMA is committed to hosting a diverse and dynamic membership for our Mastermind Program. We seek to have representation from a cross section of the nonprofit community including different sectors, ethnic/minority groups, and gender identities.  
 

How much does the program cost? 

Prices are going up March 15, 2024!! After March 15, 2024, registration for PMA's Mastermind Program will be $1450 which covers all costs for the seven two-hour small group coaching sessions, program materials, and support by email/phone as needed. 

For those individuals interested in receiving one-on-one coaching beyond the cohort activities, a Premium Registration option is available for $1850, after March 15, 2024. The premium registration comes with three additional one-hour coaching sessions with Patton to be used at your discretion. For example, you could use an additional coaching session during the Mastermind Program to receive more targeted coaching on a particular topic, or perhaps later when a leadership opportunity becomes available, and you'd like to get coaching to prep for the interview.  

***If you register before March 15, 2024, we will offer you early bird pricing at the same price as previous years ($1250 for Basic and $1550 for premium). 

 

Are there financial aid and/or scholarships available? 

We expect many employers will underwrite the cost because of the value for their employees and ultimately their organization. However, partial scholarships are available and will be awarded, discretionarily, based on need (these individual conversations will take place after a cohort has been selected for each program). In the event a scholarship is not available, we will work out payment plans with participants on a case-by-case basis.  
 

How do I apply? 

We are excited that you are ready to accelerate your journey on Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership by participating in PMA's Mastermind Program.  

The Deadline to apply for the Summer 2024 Cohort: April 17, 2024 

The application is an online form (via SurveyMonkey) that will take you fewer than 10 minutes to complete.  

2024 Program Dates

Each season will have two cohorts. For each cohort, there will be seven 2-hour virtual sessions that take place over four months. All sessions will take place on Thursdays or Fridays at 2pm EST. See below for tentative dates for the 2024 Summer and Fall Seasons.

 

Summer 2024 Diamond Group 

Session 1: Thursday, May 16th

Session 2: Thursday, May 30th

Session 3: Thursday, June 13th 

Session 4: Thursday, June 27th 

Session 5: Thursday, July 11th 

Session 6: Thursday, July 25th 

Session 7: Thursday, August 8th 

 

Summer 2024 Gold Group 

Session 1: Thursday, May 23rd 

Session 2: Thursday, June 6th

Session 3: Thursday, June 20th

Session 4: Tuesday, July 2nd

Session 5: Thursday, July 18th 

Session 6: Thursday, August 1st

Session 7: Thursday, August 15th

 

Fall 2024 Diamond Group

Session 1: Thursday, September 19th

Session 2: Thursday, October 3rd

Session 3: Thursday, October 17th 

Session 4: Thursday, October 31st 

Session 5: Thursday, November 14th 

Session 6: Thursday, December 5th 

Session 7: Thursday, December 19th 

 

Fall 2024 Gold Group

Session 1: Thursday, September 26th

Session 2: Thursday, October 10th

Session 3: Thursday, October 24th 

Session 4: Thursday, November 7th 

Session 5: Thursday, November 21st

Session 6: Friday, December 6th 

Session 7: Friday, December 20th 

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