What's Next Leading a Thriving Transition

Leadership transition is one of the most destabilizing changes for an organization. The cohort-based What’s Next program helps to build the capacity of nonprofit leaders to address succession and executive transition issues, and to ensure ongoing organizational sustainability.

In partnership with LeaderSpring Center in Oakland, California, TSNE offers the What’s Next: Leading a Thriving Transition program to support long-time leaders in preparing their organizations and themselves for a leadership transition.

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Meet Our Attendees

Margie Martinez, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Alliance of Pasadena

"The program got me out of the mindset that my leaving would upset the apple cart. Once the agency is sustainable, once that is secured, I would have a much easier time because I am ready and my agency is ready."

— Margie Martinez, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Alliance of Pasadena

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Meet The Trainers

Dr. Sonia BasSheva MañjonDr. Sonia BasSheva Mañjon

Dr. Sonia BasSheva Mañjon possesses more than 25 years of experience in higher education, nonprofit, and government administration. She is a LeaderSpring Alumna, class of 2006, who returned to the Bay Area from Columbus, Ohio to become the second executive director of LeaderSpring Center. Before returning to California, Sonia was the inaugural director of the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, Associate Professor of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, and Affiliate Faculty in Latinx Studies at The Ohio State University. Dr. Mañjon was the Simpson Endowed Professor of Community Arts, executive director of the Center for Art and Public Life, and founding chair of the Community Arts major at the California College of the Arts. Dr. Mañjon earned a Ph.D. in Humanities, specializing in transformative learning and change in human systems and an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. She received a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures with an emphasis in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Mañjon lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her sons Zyan and Ezra.

Safi JirohSafi Jiroh

Safi Jiroh brings more than 25 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors as a leader, grant maker, consultant, and certified integral coach. In her 13 year tenure with the City of Oakland's Cultural Arts Division and Commission, she was an arts funder, leadership and organizational capacity builder, public policy analyst, facilitator, cultural equity strategist, and strategic planner. Her leadership positions in the Bay Area have also included: Executive Director of the Marcus Foster Ed Fund; Community Faculty Fellow with the Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts. She has consulted, advised and coached more than 100 organizations and leaders. Safi co-creates and holds space for the care and development of the soul of those working to uphold the sacred right of every human being and especially those most marginalized in society — to pursue their fullest potential and to live with dignity. Safi is an alumna of LeaderSpring, class of 2008, holds a BA in Organizational Management and is currently pursuing an MA in Spiritual Formation, Soul Care and Leadership. She is the mother of two adult sons, is “Noni” to three granddaughters, and lives in her hometown of Oakland, California.


Get Started

Participants must be long-time executive directors planning to leave the organization in the next three to five years. All information is confidential. Once you complete the confidential application form, you will have a phone call with staff to discuss the program and your interest. Space is limited.

What's Next Helps You:

  • Assess your organization’s transition readiness
  • Learn best practices and tools to prepare for transition
  • Address organizational vulnerabilities related to a transition
  • Increase clarity on the leader's personal steps to departure
  • Motivate leaders to plan and implement the steps in leaving
  • Focus on planning for the future after your departure
  • Lay the groundwork for organizational sustainability
  • Access support through a peer network

Program Dates and Details

  • Two two-day retreats for each cohort. Attendance is required at both retreats
  • Leadership coaching sessions
  • Each cohort includes up to 18 participants
  • Cost: $750 to $4,000. Dependent on your organization's budget size
  • We are currently planning our next cohort dates. Please fill out the inquiry form and we will follow up with updates.

The application period for our current cohort has closed. Use the inquiry form below to contact us about future cohorts:

Inquire through our confidential interest form.