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Nonprofit Executive Leadership Retreat: Reaching Distant Horizons

John and Natasha Deane are partnering with Mike Wagner of the NorthStar Leadership Project to present a two-day, 1-night all-inclusive retreat for Middle Tennessee nonprofit leaders: Reaching Distant Horizons. This made-for-nonprofits leadership experience is an effort of John and Natasha Deane to help nonprofit leaders bridge the gap between the unique challenges of today and the long term needs of tomorrow. CNM is assisting with registration for this third party event.

The "Adventure in Leadership" provides an opportunity for leaders from nonprofit organizations to consider their own personal leadership journeys: 

  • to reflect on the general attributes of great leadership
  • to consider how they personally make leadership decisions and take action
  • to reflect on past successes and troubles from their own experiences
  • to build new relationships withother nonprofit leaders who face similar professional and personal challenges
  • to embrace new mindsets that will help them achieve better, long-term results for their organization, their stakeholders, and themselves

Wildwood Resort and Marina is an hour east of Nashville airport and provides beautiful accomoodations and high-tech retreat facilities. 

Retreat participation is limited to 20 spots to allow for appropriate social distancing. 

A high-level agenda of the retreat's activies is provided below: 


Thursday, March 25
9:30 AM: Arrival and Check In
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: "The Call to Leadership"

  • Leadership Framework
  • Interactive Exercises
  • Small Group Work

12:00 PM: Networking Lunch
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM: "Visionary Storytelling"

  • Workshop
  • Presentation

6:00 PM: Dinner and a performance with two of Nashville's premier singer/songwriters

Friday, March 26
7:15 AM: Breakfast
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: "Creative Innovation"

  • Generating Great Ideas
  • Listening for Great Ideas

12:00 PM: Networking Lunch
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM: "Collective Teamwork"

  • Case Studies
  • Closing Discussion

About Mike Wagner: Former executive director and chief teaching officer of The Advisory Board Company. As a long time teacher of management, leadership, and strategy, Mike consulted and facilitated workshops with leading health systems, businesses, nonprofit groups, governmental agencies, and multi-national organizations in the Unitied States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and Europe. 

About John DeaneJohn founded Southwind Health Partners, a start-up focused on providing management
and consulting services for the nation's health systems. Upon their retirement, John and his wife Natasha founded the Deane Foundation.

About Jacob Kleinrock: Jacob has worked with nonprofits and political campaigns in Tennessee and around the country for over a decade. He is the Director of the Deane Foundation and founder of Triumph Strategies, a fundraising consulting firm.

This all-inclusive retreat (content, materials, lodging, meals, private concert) is valued at $4,000. However, John and Natasha Deane are underwriting a nonprofit leader discount. The early bird price is available until February 19, 2021 at which time the rate will increase from $699 to $799.

CNM is assisting with the registration for this third party event. Any questions about the event can be directed to: Jacob Kleinrock at jacob@triumphstrategies.com.

Registration for this event is now closed. 


March 25th, 2021 9:30 AM to March 26th, 2021 3:30 PM
Wildwood Resort and Marina
7316 Granville Highway
Granville, TN 38564
United States
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