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 August 31-October 26, 2022. Applications will be accepted until July 29, 2022.

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Cause Collective will next offer the program again in 2024 make sure you sign up now!


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 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.

Dates for 2022: The course will start the morning of Wednesday, August 31, and will meet every other Wednesday morning through October 26.

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Successful Transitions Nationwide

More information on Successful Transitions including the option 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

“Our organization had never had a succession plan in place. For me, as an incoming Board President, this course has made it apparent how vitally important a plan is. Ingrid Kirst provided excellent materials which gave overviews of the process on both local and nation levels. These included templates and important pitfalls to avoid. Doing this work in a cohort with other nonprofits has the benefit of demonstrating that you are not alone in having drug your feet in getting this task accomplished, but also the added value of sharing ideas with the other organizations’ leaders and seeing how something that works for their culture might be applicable to your own. Ingrid, with the help of Cause Collective, deftly adapted this course to an online format during the COVID pandemic. She clearly exhibits her command of the subject matter and generously makes herself available for additional one-on-one coaching.” — Rob McMaster, Abendmusik at First-Plymouth Board Member

Video Program Overview


Building Your Next Leaders – Introductory Workshop

I periodically offer a sneak preview of the Successful Transitions course called Building Your Next Leaders. This workshop 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.

Please contact me to find out the dates of the next workshop at or 402-730-2532.