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Comprehensive Succession Planning Webinar Training


The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for Comprehensive Succession Planning, a 2-part webinar-based training, with a limited number of optional, post-session 1-on-1 coaching hours.  

Executive Director transitions may seem daunting and intimidating. Organizations hold fears and trepidations in time of transitions. However, succession planning can be successful if planned diligently and with care and intention. Join the NYC Capacity Building Collaborative for a 2-part training on comprehensive succession planning. 

The first webinar, led by Zahida Pirani, organizational development consultant, will provide an overview of essential elements to successful succession planning for grassroots and youth organizations. This includes: how to include succession planning as an integral part of organizational planning, how to tailor processes based on your organization’s unique needs and values, ensuring organizational stability and cohesion during leadership transition and how to create a holistic succession plan that accounts for board and staff turnover during an ED transition. 

The second webinar, led by Cathy Dang, former Executive Director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, will share the steps the organization took to ensure a successful and stable transition including building team leadership and buy-in, personnel infrastructure, finance and organizational infrastructure, and internal and external communications.  


Webinar Part 2: Cathy Dang will share a successful model in CAAAV’s ED transition with Sasha Wijeyeratne sharing perspective as CAAAV’s new Executive Director 
When: August 13th, 2019, 10am-11:30am 

Participants will be automatically registered for both sessions.


Zahida Pirani is an independent consultant who works to build the capacity of organizations focused on making social change. She provides customized capacity building services that include program development, strategic planning, resource development, coaching, campaign planning and training design and implementation. Zahida is an experienced facilitator, coach, trainer, community organizer and a consensus builder with a history of promoting collaboration between labor unions, religious institutions and community organizations.

Cathy Dang has organized in labor and community-led development for nearly 15 years with Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, the Retail Action Project, and other grassroots organizations. She is formerly the Executive Director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities where she developed a robust organizational infrastructure to lead campaigns on equitable rezoning, protecting dozens of Chinatown homes from predatory landlords and improving living conditions in NYC’s public housing. Cathy has played a critical role in shaping national alliances towards building greater political alignment on racial, gender and economic justice.


Each organization should send one to two participants who hold roles with authority to develop and implement succession planning (e.g. board members, Executive Directors, Deputy Directors, or senior staff). Applicants must commit to participating for the full length of the workshops on both days, as well as discussing and implementing practices within their own organizations.


This training is free and designed for community-based nonprofit organizations including grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

In order to create a space where participants feel comfortable discussing organization-specific succession planning information, funders will not be eligible to participate in either webinar and participants will have the option to join the webinar anonymously via phone. 


Register by August 12th, 2019.