Program Format

Career Pathways

Learning Modules

Four-Part Virtual Learning Modules for 2022 Cohort

  1. Individual Leadership | This leadership development module explores the different components of identifying and defining one’s identities and values in order to outline the steps towards becoming an authentic and visionary leader.
  2. Field Leadership | This module provides a combination of networking with seasoned Career Pathways alumni, exposure to mentorship circles, and field education to support personal and professional growth in relation to current and ongoing challenges in philanthropy.
  3. Organizational Leadership | This module focuses on management approaches, strategies for organizational development, and tools for motivating staff and partners in service of strategic goals.
  4. Culminating Presentation | This final module concludes the program by hosting presentations that further develop your skills of problem solving, analysis, and public speaking. It also represents an opportunity to put your leadership in action. 

Career Pathways develops skills and networks unique to the philanthropic sector. Participants will leave empowered to instill equity in their practice and thoughtfully drive change throughout the sector.

Program Components

Live Sessions

These four interactive multi-day Learning Sessions will provide an in-depth and collaborative learning experience for the participants.


The live sessions will be complemented with a range of asynchronous videos, readings, and activities available via our learning management system. 


Participants will receive five individual professional coaching sessions to explore their career obstacles and goals.

Mentorship Circle

Career Pathways alumni will host small informal sessions with participants to explore their learning progress and career questions.

Philanthropy Exchange Network

Participant will have access to a cohort community in the Philanthropy Exchange.

Individual Research Project

Participants will engage in a Leadership in Action Capstone, an individual leadership development project focused on addressing an organizational challenge or sector challenge. Learning Session 4 will be a colloquium format for participants to present their projects.

Wellness Resources

Professional growth and long-term success in the philanthropy sector requires balance. Career Pathways participants will have access to digital wellness resources and guides.

Program Schedule

Spring Cohort Program Dates

  • Kickoff - Week of February 14
  • Learning Session 1 — February 23-25*
  • Learning Session 2 — March 23-25*
  • Learning Session 3 — April 20-22*
  • Learning Session 4 — June 6-10*

Fall Cohort Program Dates

  • Kickoff — Week of August 8
  • Learning Session 1 — August 24-26*
  • Learning Session 2 — September 28-30*
  • Learning Session 3 — October 26-28*
  • Learning Session 4 — December 5-9*

*Attendance Required

Cost of Program

  • Council Member: $4,500
  • Nonmember: $6,300

Need financial support? The Waldman Scholarship covers Career Pathways tuition and other program costs in full or in part as allocated by need.


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