NGO Leadership Workshop 2022

June 28 – July 1, 2022
Bratislava, Slovakia

Apply for the NGO Leadership Workshop and innovate

for impact!

We are excited to announce that we are offering a unique capacity-building opportunity for NGOs in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Northern Macedonia and Moldova. In cooperation with the Weiser Centre for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan, and the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan, we are offering a one-week in-person NGO Leadership Workshop for civil society activists and leaders of NGOs, project and initiatives. The workshop empowers selected civil society representatives to strengthen their leadership skills, managerial capacities, and entrepreneurial acumen to advance the impact of their organizations.

The program schedule will span four business days and will be supplemented by self-paced e-learning modules. In addition to the in-depth lectures, program trainers will facilitate group exercises designed to create meaningful connections between participants. The program will also create space for establishing new partnerships and cooperation. 

4 days

Networking and partnership building

Exclusive tailor-made content

Distinguished instructors

Certificate upon completion

Supplementary e-learning modules

By attending this workshop, you will:

Gain a deeper understanding of potential revenue generating models, concrete skills for analyzing entrepreneurial opportunities for NGOs, and an action plan to move ideas into implementation to ensure greater sustainability and impact for your organization.

Be able to develop fundraising strategies novel to the region, develop out-of-box thinking about potential donors and use the relative “smallness” of your organization to your advantage.


Learn to build effective strategies of employee engagement and develop strategies to strengthen your organization’s culture and resilience.


Develop your leadership behaviors and skills to manage people and organizations, and tackle leadership challenges, such as conflict and motivation.


Gain six-month access to an exclusive online learning portal with additional learning tools and materials.


Gain access to other education and fundraising opportunities and our robust alumni network of 169 leaders, spanning 18 countries across Europe and Eurasia.


Earn a certification upon successful completion of all training requirements.

More information

Who can apply?
Eligible to apply are leaders of NGOs, projects and initiatives from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Northern Macedonia and Moldova.

Your organization should focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Human rights (including issues such as inclusion, equality, migration, etc.)
  • Strengthening democracy and rule of law (including watchdog activities)
  • Global citizenship education
  • International development
  • Improving education in your country

Advanced English language skills are required.

We also welcome more applicants coming from the same organization.

Participants will receive the training at no charge. Hekima will cover participants‘ accommodation and meals at the training and reimburse all their travel expenses (flight tickets, ground travel).
Application process
The deadline for applying is Wednesday, May 4, 2022, CEST 23:59. Complete and submit your application here. The link does not allow for saving your information, so you may prefer to fill in the offline Word document linked in the application form, and then copy and paste your answers. Any questions should be sent to with the subject ‘NGO Leadership Workshop Application’. The applications will be evaluated and participants will be selected by the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan, the William Davidson Institute and Hekima. All applicants will receive a response by May 13.

Program outline

The Workshop is structured around presentations by distinguished experts and follow-up interactive small group discussions and Q&A sessions. The organizers will conduct a survey of participants’ needs to guarantee tailor-made content. The program will start on Monday, June 27, with an evening reception in Bratislava. You can find the detailed schedule below.

Day 1: June 28, 9.00 - 17.00 CEST

Entrepreneurship and Business Models for NGOs

Trainer: Gayle Northrop, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Northrop Nonprofit Consulting

Leading an NGO requires many of the same skills and mindsets of running a private company or large corporation. The difference lies in the fact that the margin earned by an NGO is returned to its mission. NGO leaders applying an entrepreneurial mindset can maximize the stability and sustainability of their organization, and most importantly, the sustainability of their impact. Topics covered in this session include an introduction to entrepreneurship and innovation, forms of social innovation, applying an entrepreneurial mindset in the NGO context, asset mapping, and design thinking for social innovation. Participants will leave the session with a deeper understanding of potential revenue generating models, concrete skills for analyzing entrepreneurial opportunities, and an action plan to move ideas into implementation to ensure greater sustainability and impact for their organizations.

Day 2: June 29, 9.00 - 17.00 CEST

Building Effective Organizations

Trainer: Julie Felker, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

Working with and through people to accomplish an organization’s goals is at the heart of effective leadership. As leaders and future leaders, we must recognize that by building a positive organizational culture, performance is enhanced, while at the same time employee well-being can flourish. You will learn to better understand your own behavior, as well as the behavior of others in order to enhance organizational effectiveness. High levels of employee engagement result in employee motivation and retention, and improve organizational performance and stakeholder value. In this session, we will explore what motivates employees, the foundations and best practices of engagement, how to develop strategies to strengthen your organization’s culture of employee engagement, and resilience.

Day 3: June 30, 9.00 - 12.30 CEST

Conflict Prevention and Management

Trainer: Julie Felker, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

Conflict at work is a common occurrence. Although people often shy away from conflict, it can actually be productive and healthy, resulting in better organizational outcomes. This is only true, however, if conflict is managed well, and remains functional, focused on ideas and not people. It is when conflict becomes dysfunctional that individuals and organizations suffer. In this session, we will investigate sources of conflict, our own preferred methods of conflict management, and ways to resolve conflict.  Additionally, we will consider incivility in the workplace and how to eliminate it.

Day 4: July 1, 9.00 - 16.00 CEST

Fundraising and Development Options for Central European NGOs

Trainer: Ryan Turner, Social impact and organizational sustainability consultant

There is no such thing as “too small” for NGOs seeking to develop their fundraising. Beyond traditional grants and donations, other opportunities do exist to build support for your organization. Finding — and successfully using — these opportunities requires a shift in thinking, as well as the ability to leverage limited resources wisely and creatively. Participants will explore alternatives available to smaller organizations in the areas of individual giving, corporate support, and non-traditional sources. Topics will include: what organizations ignore or overlook in their fundraising, essential types of support to consider, ways to increase and extend existing resource networks; key skills and capacities necessary to sustain development activities; and potential trends and practices worth watching. Participants will leave the session with a clearer sense of what small organizations can do to start or enhance their fundraising; how to use their “smallness” to their advantage; and specific starting points to consider for their development efforts ahead.

Our instructors

Gayle Northrop (Northrop Nonprofit Consulting and UCLA, USA)

Gayle Northrop is a consultant, coach, educator, and President of Northrop Nonprofit Consulting, a firm specializing in strategy, organization development and leadership development for NGOs worldwide. She has helped design, teach in, and evaluate management training programs for a variety of NGO leaders in both the U.S. and Africa. Gayle is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management where she teaches Social Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation in South Africa, and Social Impact Consulting. She is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business where she supports strategy development, program design, and efforts driving social innovation in health in the global south.

Julie Felker (WDI at the University of Michigan, USA)

Dr. Felker is a Faculty Affiliate at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. She develops and delivers management education and provides organizational development capacity-building expertise in transition and emerging economies to strengthen educational and economic infrastructures and promote positive social change. She has worked on a variety of projects around the world, including in Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Philippines, Algeria and Bahrain. Dr. Felker also serves as the Academic Director of the Master in Management Program at the Luxembourg School of Business where she is responsible for strategic and administrative leadership in developing and maintaining educational programs of exceptional quality. She recently received coaching certification from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Ryan Turner (Social impact and organizational sustainability consultant, Czech Republic)

Ryan Turner is a senior-level consultant to nonprofits/NGOs and social enterprises. He specializes in program development, capacity building, fundraising, organizational sustainability and strategy planning for organizations in transition and growth. Since 2015, he has worked primarily with social impact organizations and social economy stakeholders in Central Europe and Eastern Europe.