Executive Director Forum

Executive Coaches of Orange County

The Executive Director Forum program provides an environment for nonprofit executive directors to solve problems and share ideas in a confidential setting with peers.

“I believe the ED Forum is a dynamic environment to discuss challenges and brainstorm program solutions.  I’m gaining insight from my peers that I would not otherwise receive.  This is valuable time well spent!”

-Kari I.


Each forum consists of monthly session of 10 to 12 executive directors facilitated by two coaches using a unique problem resolution process that involves the entire group.


Members have the opportunity to:

  • Gain better insights into their organizations by having peers assist in problem solving
  • Get fresh ideas to solve difficult or complex issues
  • View their situations and issues strategically
  • Learn tips to solve everyday problems from similarly situated peers

Member Commitments:

  • Attend all of the Forum monthly meetings
  • Participate as an active Forum contributor and good listener
  • Demonstrate a sincere interest in the success of the Forum and its members
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all Forum discussions
  • Follow the Forum process

Membership Criteria:

Executive Director Forum candidates must be in an executive director or similar position.  The nonprofit must have:

  • A Board of Directors
  • At least two employees (ED +1)
  • An annual budget of at least $150,000
  • A commercial-based (not home-based) office


  • Sessions are held from 8:15 a.m. – noon
  • Cost of $20 per month covers continental breakfast and snacks

To Join:

To request an application, and/or inquire more about the program, contact Program Chairman John Benner at [email protected].