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2021 Communications Institute

Monday, May 10, 2021 (All day)
6-Month Institute
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Application Deadline: May 7, 2021

Are you a mid-career communications professional in philanthropy, eager to build professional knowledge, skills, and networks? Are you looking to foster peer support, share best practices, and create a long-lasting peer community? Are you hoping to advance racial equity in your organization and more widely through your work? If you answered yes to these questions, the 2021 Communications Institute offers you in-depth professional development and an opportunity to engage with your peers. 


Each month, the Institute offers two, two-hour sessions with our faculty and special guests for a total of 12 core sessions. All sessions take place from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. There will also be an additional option to attend Alum-led Vent Sessions as a space for Institute participants to connect with each other about the content. Find the session dates below.

  • Welcome and Orientation: May 24, 2021
  • Module 1: June 3 & June 28, 2021
  • Module 2: July 8 & July 22, 2021
  • Module 3: August 5 & August 19, 2021
  • Module 4: September 9 & September 23, 2021
  • Module 5: October 7 & October 21, 2021
  • Module 6: November 4 & November 18, 2021

Target Audience

The Institute is best suited for communications professionals who have advanced into positions of some authority, but who are not yet the ultimate decision-makers in their department. The titles of people in this mid-career role often include such descriptors as director, officer, manager, and associate. The Institute is open to members and nonmembers. Priority is given to members.

About the Curriculum

The Communications Institute sessions are made up of Modules led by Institute Faculty and Vent Sessions led by an Alum Peer Advisor. Read below to find out about the pillars we used to create the curriculum and more about what's in store. 

Institute Pillars:

  • Racial and Social Equity: Identifying and navigating obstacles in bringing your full and authentic self to work, addressing equity from a communications perspective
  • Goal-driven Communications Skills: strategic communications planning, crisis communications
  • Interpersonal Skills: Emotional intelligence and leadership development, managing yourself and navigating difference in the workplace