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Becoming A Non-Profit Executive


The videotaped presentation will be viewable online from a computer via streaming video. Once your registration and payment is received, a link will be forwarded for access to the video and instructions for taking a post-test and evaluation. All online continuing education programs require completion of a post-test and evaluation for receipt of credits.


What you need to know to become a successful executive! Most social workers are trained to be practitioners/clinicians. They are exposed to clinical theory and practice with an emphasis on psychosocial development and pathology. Content is often organized around evidence-based practice. Social workers are most often employed in the clinical roles for which they have been trained. This webinar will broaden the approach to connect social work theory with an organizational understanding, leadership concepts, issues of governance and organizational structure (boards of directors), and a beginning understanding of leadership as it relates to advocacy, strategic planning, budgeting, and financial management.

Learning goals:

  • Participants will examine the track to become and sustain nonprofit agency leadership positions.
  • To enable professionals to identify the opportunities within their organizations, to exercise leadership and promotional opportunities.
  • Professionals will examine the chain of command and organizational structure to advocate for clients, staff, and self. 
  •  To help professional staff connect clinical knowledge and skills to organizational and administrative leadership. 


Phillip Coltoff
Phillip Coltoff, MSW
Senior Faculty Fellow; McSilver Faculty Fellow
Phillip Coltoff, a national leader and innovator in the field of social service and youth development, led the Children’s Aid Society, one of the largest and oldest social agencies in the United States from 1980 to 2005. From 2006 to the present, Phil has been a professor at New York University Silver School of Social Work and has written four books on executive leadership and nonprofit management, The Challenge of Change, Crusade for Children, At the Crossroads, and The Block.
In addition to being the CEO at the Children’s Aid Society, Phil served on the domestic policy council, governor’s task force on child abuse and neglect, co-chaired the task force on human services, and was an advisor to the white house fellows.
Linda Lausell Bryant
Linda Lausell Bryant, MSW, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor; Director of the Undergraduate Field Learning Program; Katherine and Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and Executive-in-Residence
Dr. Linda Lausell Bryant serves as is the Katherine & Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and Executive-in-Residence as well as clinical assistant professor and director of undergraduate field learning at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr.Lausell Bryant served as Executive Director of Inwood House, an historic not-for-profit organization serving pregnant and parenting youth for 9 years. Dr. Lausell Bryant’s career spans 30 years in youth services in both the nonprofit and public sectors. She was interviewed by New York Times journalist Adam Bryant for his Corner Office column in May 2011, and her insights were featured in Mr. Bryant’s book titled Quick & Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEO’s on How to Create a Culture of Innovation.

Registration Information

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  • General Admission: $40.00

Cancellations and Refunds

The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning offers refunds on the following basis:
  • Refund requests made within 24 hours after event registration: full refund
  • Refund requests made more than 24 hours after event registration: no refund

Continuing Education Contact Hours



New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.

This organization (NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 2 continuing education clock hours.

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.

For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.

Learning Assessment
In order to obtain the credits, all participants are required to complete a short post-event learning assessment.

Contact Us

NYU Silver School of Social Work
Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
1 Washington Square North, G08
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5973
Fax: 212-995-4497