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Upcoming Workshops

Lean Impact – Achieving Greater Impact at Greater Scale

This first pilot workshop is half-price – only 30 seats – register while available


Senior program and technical leads (VP and director level) – people who lead teams to design and execute programs.

Led by Ann Mei Chang, former Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the Global Development Lab at USAID, and author of the upcoming book Lean Impact.


An engaging two-day workshop to achieve greater program impact at greater scale through sector-adapted modern tools and approaches.

  • Learn techniques from Human Centered DesignLean StartupLean Data, and Mission Model Canvas – adapted for global development and humanitarian aid organizations by Ann Mei – to explore ways to understand and optimize for customer value, sustainable paths to scale, and development impact. These tools provide structure to think out of the box, dramatically accelerate learning, build business models that will scale, and drive a faster pace of change while embracing a measured degree of risk.
  • Develop practical, concrete strategies and steps for applying these techniques in existing context and constraints.

Participants will leave the workshop with new ways of thinking, a suite of new tools to design programs that deliver better results, and a greater network of peer connections.


April 30-May 1, 8:30 am coffee, 9:00 – 5:30 pm workshop, includes lunch. 


InterAction headquarters in DC. (San Francisco too Oct 17-18, provided sufficient enrollment)


This workshop is for you if you lead teams to design and execute programs and are seeking ways to achieve greater impact and/or scale in programs; need to diversify funding - non-traditional funders looking for greater innovation or different solutions; desire to transform your working culture to be more agile and iterative; want to build skills in using modern design tools & approaches; and/or want to better understand "beneficiaries" and how to most effectively address their needs.


In this wildly changing world, we can achieve greater program impact at greater scale.

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Nonprofit Organizational Evolution - Civil Society Leadership Immersion Workshop

This is an expansion of the 2017 Leadership in a Permanent Crisis Workshop content and audience. Good Wolf Group provides this workshop at special pricing in commitment to our missions’ success.


InterAction-member non-profit executives, their board members, and senior staff.  Multiple leaders from each organization are encouraged to attend, maximizing impact through collaborative exercises and shared language, tools, and accountabilities.

This workshop is a partnership between InterAction and Good Wolf Group. Good Wolf Group, who leads the workshop, was founded as the next evolution in leadership, business and personal development practice, dedicated to spreading two needed capacities in the world. First: the skilled leadership that is required to upgrade the limited and broken systems around us. And second: the personal capacity to align our individual core selves—history, talents, values, and passions—into a coherent model for decision-making and engagement.


A two-day highly pragmatic, experiential, and methodological workshop to internalize the skills and tools of nonprofit evolution. This is not about theory or role-playing. This is about figuring out how to continue to deliver on mission through iterative, focused application.

  1. Organizational change – how to adapt and evolve organizational structure, culture, roles, and responsibilities
  2. Stakeholder Engagement – how to mobilize partners, funders, and boards to new norms and expectations
  3. Personal Leadership – how to deploy your talents, passions, and gifts without sacrificing yourself

Participants will leave with a specific set of disciplines in addition to a community of support.


May 3-4, 2018 in DC; 8:30 am coffee, 9:00 – 5:30 pm workshop (includes lunch)


In the recent InterAction CEO survey, the critical need to evolve as nonprofits was universal. The challenge around how to evolve, and at what pace, was similarly universal. InterAction’s new Nonprofit Organizational Evolution workshop is dedicated to helping us answer these questions as leaders with clarity and conviction. Amidst the immediate, ongoing, and often daunting challenges to Civil Society, places traditionally looked to for stability and support are being shaken. Participants will leave with a specific set of disciplines in addition to a community of support. It is time for new solutions, mobilization of coalitions, and strategic discernment. Nonprofit Organizational Evolution gets us there.

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Leading Major Change – a program exclusively for INGO executive teams

A one-year collaborative learning and application experience

 Kick-start workshop - please contact Mike Fox at mfox@interaction.org for more details and if you are interested in attending.

This is a program for senior leadership teams who are executing major change in their respective organizations – in other words, a change that is transformational in nature, is an organizational imperative, and where nothing short of complete success is acceptable. 

This year-long, executive-level program will focus on preparing leaders and their teams to better navigate the challenges of orchestrating major transitions. According to empirical research, only 30% of major change initiatives achieve their intended objectives. Ultimately, when guiding their organizations through a sea of disruption, senior leaders face a similar set of pivotal issues and encounter a number of common barriers. While each organization will focus on one major change that they are leading within their institution, this program builds skills and awareness that last far beyond the current change at hand. It will will address the success patterns demonstrated by leaders who achieve full realization of their strategic endeavors.  Overall outcomes of the program include: 

  • Understanding the critical change dynamics in play during major transformation - how commitment unfolds, why resistance is inevitable but potentially helpful, how to balance organizational capacity with the demands of change, and when to align culture with change.
  • Learning about the most common implementation risks that jeopardize large-scale change and how they should be addressed.
  • Understanding leadership’s role, as well as the responsibilities of other key players.
  • Establishing a baseline for what it means to be prepared to lead strategic change including the leadership mindsets and behaviors required for success.

The ultimate goal of the experience is to not only aid INGO leaders in successfully driving the changes that today’s environment demands, but to build their longer term capability to successfully lead their organizations through change in the future. 

Previous Event Highlights

Workshop: Leadership in a Permanent Crisis, 2nd Cohort October 2017: The second of a regularly offered workshop, InterAction member executives took two days to focus on building strategy and stamina for leadership work over long periods of time.

InterAction Forum June 2017: In the CEO Track InterAction member executives shared their experiences adapting to the future and we held table break-out conversations and full-room synthesis to learn from each other about challenges, approaches, and areas for growth. CEOs learned about characteristics of transformational change leaders identified through studying high-impact people in the field. And CEOs and general Forum participants alike learned about the latest advances and challenges in innovative finance for development.

Workshop: Leadership in a Permanent Crisis, 1st Cohort April 2017: The first of a regularly offered workshop, InterAction member executives took two days to focus on building strategy and stamina for leadership work over long periods of time.

Advisory Council: Second Convening March 2017

CEO Retreat, December 2016: Participants explored embracing disruption to increase impact, innovative finance models, and then in breakout groups discussed where their organizations are and want to be with the fragile state humanitarian-development nexus; NGOs as economic intermediaries; increasing organizational, program, and global relevance; and strengthening civil society. Finally Good Wolf Group business adaptation expert Alexander Grashow facilitated an exploration of the personal side of adaptive leadership, leading discussion and individual exploration of what each of our roles is as a leader through thought-provoking exercises. 


Advisory Council: Inaugural Meeting September 2016