Leadership Programs

Local Leadership Programs

  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber hosts Leadership Bakersfield, a 31-year tradition that brings together a group of 32 individuals from across the city. Each class session is tailored to educate participants on a key community issue. A combination of top-tiered speakers and panels, access to movers and shakers within key industries, exclusive tours and hands-on activities provides knowledge on that session’s particular topic.
  • The Kern Leaders Academy selects 8 community leaders each year to participate in this extensive education and training program, conducted by the Kern County Taxpayers Education Fund. Educational Training is held over nine weeks, with 72 hours of instruction. The Academy teaches community leaders how to listen to constituents, with a clear understanding of how to seek endorsements, support, and reserve the right to make independent decisions.

Other Leadership Programs

  • The Bridgespan Group is a global nonprofit that strives to make the world more equitable and just. Bridgespan’s Leadership Accelerator programs provide the structure and support for your team to dig into your important goals and objectives, create a shared vision, and make critical decisions—together.
  • Stanford’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders brings together leaders from social and human services, health care, community development, arts, environment, and education organizations to further their professional development and build an enduring network.
  • Stanford’s Leading Change and Organizational Renewal, led by Stanford GSB’s Charles O’Reilly and Harvard Business School’s Michael Tushman. The program provides a proven methodology for diagnosing strategic challenges combined with design thinking techniques and innovation challenge workgroups to help your organization innovate. This program takes place from 22 Oct 2023 – 27 Oct 2023.

Online Resources and Self-Paced Learning on Leadership

Board Building and Executive Leadership Development

Starting a Nonprofit

  • Cal Nonprofits – How to start a California nonprofit: a step-by-step guide & additional resources.
  • Candid’sHow do I start a nonprofit organization?
    • The information provided in this article is intended to offer general guidance on how to form a nonprofit organization.
  • IRS general information on starting a nonprofit includes annual filing, forms, tax exemption, and educational resources.
  • National Council of Nonprofits produces and curates tools, resources, and samples for nonprofits.
    • How to start a nonprofit – The pages in this section of the National Council of Nonprofits’ website walk you through some of the questions to ask before starting a nonprofit, the filings you’ll need to complete at the federal and state level, and the standard policies and procedures that your new nonprofit will want to have in place.
  • NonprofitReady offers free online courses on fundraising, finding grants, nonprofit tax filings, managing a board of directors, and more essential topics to help you start a nonprofit.
  • NEO Law Group discusses some things to consider when selecting a new nonprofit’s initial board of directors.