Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

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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. 



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


The program is designed to be capacity- and movement-building. Although personal growth can be expected, the executive program is designed not for personal growth or clinical skills. Our goal is to develop organization and thought leaders for the future.  



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


Strengthen your leadership and management skills. Take online courses in strategy, fundraising, financial management, governance, marketing, change, and more. Receive individual feedback from teaching fellows who have completed the program and know the field.


Expand your professional network with a diverse community of likewise committed persons across the country and beyond. The cohort is created and strengthened through weekly online group meetings and an in-person gathering where you will learn about human-centered design and topics such as creating a healthy organization to avoid burn-out.


The entire program will take your learning to the next level and, in doing so, creates knowledge, skills, and a network that can be drawn upon for years to come.


When & Where


2020 cohort began in January 2020!


Online learning (4-6 hours/week) completed at your own pace at whatever times you choose wherever you are. Weekly online group jam-outs, 1-on-1 conversations, and Facebook groups. In-person convening at the University of Pennsylvania in March/April and an optional closing convening in August/September.



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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.


Our review shows that there is no other program like this in the country - some universities offer a series of individual VAW workshops, others offer extended weekend nonprofit or other leadership programs at substantially higher cost, some nonprofits offer webinars, technical assistance, and trainings, and some foundations support a cohort of specific individuals they have identified. This program is for people who identify themselves as leaders and want to develop their own skills and capacities to change the future.



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