Successful Transitions – Lincoln Nebraska

The key to nonprofit leadership continuity

Planning for a leadership change has shown to have many benefits, even going beyond a smooth transition. Join the Successful Transitions cohort to prepare your organization for the future!

Through an ongoing partnership with Cause Collective, members are able to participate in a special Successful Transitions cohort designed just for organizations in the Lincoln, Nebraska area.

The next Lincoln-based cohort will be held in early fall 2021. We are now accepting applications for the program.

Complete the Successful Transitions application

Building Your Next Leaders – Introductory Workshop

To get a sneak preview of the Successful Transitions course, join Ingrid for a workshop called Building Your Next Leaders. The next session will be on Friday, August 13 at 9am. This session is open to anyone interested in learning more about succession planning and how it can benefit their organization. I encourage you to invite board members to attend.

Building Your Next Leaders Registration

Successful Transitions Details

Developing the next generation of leaders to guide your nonprofit is essential for your work to continue making a difference. Yet it is often left to chance, meaning organizations face a crisis when a key leader leaves. It’s understandable, as there’s always something more urgent to be done, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you are planning to retire in a few years, or plan to stay for decades, developing a comprehensive succession plan will benefit both you and your organization now and long into the future.

To help organizations create a sustainable and impactful leadership continuity plan, I have created the Successful Transitions Cohort. This program combines national best practices with customized coaching so your organization can develop a plan that works best for you. The executive director and a key board member participate in all parts of the program to ensure both levels of leadership partner on the succession planning.

Participants in the Cohort receive:

  • Five engaging and interactive virtual group sessions with 6-8 organizations participating
  • A detailed leadership continuity checklist that includes templates for succession planning, crisis communication plans, executive transition plans, and more.
  • Three one-on-one coaching sessions with Ingrid to customize the plan for your organization
  • A customized training session for your board of directors

Please contact me with any questions at or 402-730-2532. Classes begin in early fall. Don’t wait! There is limited space and the 2020 cohort sold out quickly.

Register here for the 2021 Successful Transitions cohort

More information on Successful Transitions including the option for any organization to join regardless of location.


The Lincoln Arts Council was so fortunate to be part of the Successful Transitions program with consultant Ingrid Kirst. As my retirement approached with 20 years in the role as Executive Director, we knew that we needed to plan for my transition and leadership development of the board and staff. I had no idea where to begin. It seemed like an overwhelming process. During the class sessions with Ingrid she outlines every step of the way with excellent materials and instruction. Her coaching sessions afterwards helped keep us on track with completing key components of our transition plan. The experience was a perfect blend of expert knowledge from Ingrid, guest speakers who have had successful transitions, and the cohort members there for support and inspiration. — Deb Weber, Lincoln Arts Council Executive Director

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