Rockwood Leadership Institute: Philanthropic Leaders


Let go of whatever you’re holding on to… for the next few minutes, at least. Give yourself a moment to slow down, breathe, and take a break while you explore what joyous and effective leadership can do for you.

Each section of the training focuses on one of Rockwood’s 6 core practices. Through guided meditation, small group exercises, games, and deep reflection, you’ll be introduced to each, and learn ways to bring them into to your daily life:

  • Purpose
  • Vision
  • Partnership
  • Resilience
  • Performance
  • Personal Ecology

The word leader is traditionally associated with executives and manager, but at Rockwood, everyone is a leader. The ability to inspire and align others is essential in every role, and at every level.

That’s why our trainings are open to anyone who’s interested in deepening and strengthening their leadership skills. The only pre-requisites are a willingness to step out of your comfort zone, to give and receive feedback on their strengths and blind spots, and to learn with and from others.

The Art of Leadership is more like a retreat than a training. It unfolds over 5 days in a beautiful, natural setting, with all meals and snacks taken care of so you can focus completely on yourself and your leadership.

Since 2000, Rockwood Leadership Institute has provided thousands of social change leaders across the globe with tools and skills to help change themselves, their communities, and the world.

Synergos Philanthropy Week in New York

Connect and exchange ideas with fellow Circle Members from around the world for the first of three major convenings of the network in 2019. Global philanthropists and social investors will come together to discuss ways to solve complex problems of poverty and to increase their knowledge and capacity to act effectively, find inspiration, and explore possibilities for collaboration. The annual GPC Members Meeting and Affinity Group discussions will be a part of the program, as well as peer consulting sessions and Bridging Leadership training.

Bridging Leadership Brazil III Session 3

Led by Peggy Dulany, the third session of Bridging Leadership in Brazil features a retreat in nature, allowing participants to reflect on their individual purpose and commitments, as well as exploring the theme of inner work and its importance in philanthropy.

Latin America Philanthropists Circle gathering

The Latin America Philanthropists Circle is a community of some of the top philanthropists and social investors in the Latin American region. With initial country chapters being launched in Brazil and Mexico, we offer unique opportunities for peer learning and collaboration while leveraging the global connections of the Synergos Institute, enabling members to be more strategic and effective.

Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium

New England International Donors (NEID) and The Philanthropic Initiative’s Center for Global Philanthropy are co-hosting the 2018 Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium to propel forward the capacity and impact of internationally-oriented philanthropists, including individuals, families, foundations, investors, and corporate funders. The Symposium will provide funders a place to network, learn about relevant trends in international philanthropy, discover opportunities for collaboration, and gain practical, hands-on skills to increase the impact of their international giving.


Each year, Segal Family Foundation gathers our community of creative collaborators: representatives from our 200 grantee partners, numerous philanthropists, and other service providers to celebrate, learn, and network together in the hopes of building new relationships and rekindling existing partnerships.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Alliance Management Institute

The mission of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is to strengthen the social sector with a talented and prepared workforce.

The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national credential that combines critical skills and knowledge, practical experience and a national perspective. It is available through the Alliance’s network of 40 universities and colleges. These educational institutions, in conjunction with the Alliance’s national nonprofit partners and CNPs, represent the largest network in the country working to strengthen the social sector with a talented and prepared workforce.

The Alliance Management Institute (AMI) is

• The only national conference expressly designed to prepare 500+ college students for a career in the social sector;
• Packed with educational workshops, networking opportunities and career development activities;
• A capstone experience for individuals receiving the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential; and
• Attended by upperclassmen, graduate students and professionals dedicated to building the capacity of nonprofit organizations.