Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

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Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy: Ending Violence & Abuse in Relationships 


An eight-month online and in-person executive program designed to enhance the leadership capacity of persons committed to preventing and reducing violence and abuse in relationships. 

                                      "I wish there was a program like this when I started!"
                                      Jess Davidson, Interim Executive Director, End Rape on Campus


Curious, engaged persons who want to enhance their leadership skills in order to prevent and reduce violence & abuse in relationships – intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse.


Although personal growth can be expected, the executive program is designed not for personal growth or clinical skills but for professional leadership development.



A unique 8-month online and in-person executive program through the University of Pennsylvania, a collaboration of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships and the Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS).


Take online courses in strategy, fundraising, financial management, governance, marketing, change, and more. Expand your professional network with a diverse community of likewise committed persons across the country through two short in-person gatherings designed to take your learning to the next level.



Inaugural cohort begins January 2019

Applications (no application fee) due November 9, 2018

Applicants notified November 19, 2018

Enrollment deposit due December 10, 2018 (non-refundable)



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Online learning (4-6 hours/week) completed at your own pace at whatever times you choose wherever you are. In-person opening convening at the University of Pennsylvania in March/April and an optional closing convening in August/September.



Experience is important and sometimes it’s not enough. Or maybe there isn’t enough time to learn on the job. Through this Ivy League certificate program, you will consolidate your knowledge and self-confidence as you learn how to advance your career, your organization, and the field. 


For the cost of a few conferences - flight, hotel, food, registration - you can gain knowledge and develop skills in a systematic way AND expand your professional network to take your career to the next level.


Download and review the viewbook to see if the program is a good fit for you!

Complete and submit your application 

Hear from the executive director, Susan B. Sorenson here

Contact us at ortneradmissions@upenn.edu



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