What's Next Testimonials

See what participants of What's Next have to say:

Karla Nicholson


"I am able to provide my organization with everything necessary to ensure a successful transition, while delving into creating a pathway for my personal future plans.

A very wise mentor once told me that a leader has a responsibility to create a vision for an organization within a projected timeframe, and while moving toward fulfilling it — to train and develop the leadership of others.

I live by this very valuable advice, and promote it widely. As a Black woman, I know that opportunities for other People of Color to lead are limited. It is my sincere desire to not only realize the realistic aspects of my vision for my organization, and to simultaneously and intentionally develop the leadership of my potential successor.

The movement for societal change is possible, and ensuring a pipeline of dynamic people the opportunity to lead and move us toward this dream will take a concerted effort.

Through TSNE' program, I am able to provide my organization with everything necessary to ensure a successful transition, while delving into a creating a pathway for my personal future plans. I enthusiastically recommend this program to all founders and leaders, so we will know the future is in good hands."


Jude Goldman


"Open, transparent, masterfully and thoughtfully done.

I appreciate everything that goes into it — the reading, the masterful facilitation, attention to relationships among cohort, through the exercises, and presentation — all extremely helpful. Really like the balance between board, organization, and self."


Santiago ”Sam” Ruiz

"To me this process helped me realize this goes beyond planning, it’s about ensuring our community continues to thrive."


Lathran Woodard


"The team was great and forced me (in a gentle way) to really think about some areas of succession planning and my personal readiness to exit."


Linda Noonan


"It was easily one of the most useful and actionable professional development training programs I've attended.

The program exceeded my expectations. I would have a hard time singling out any one component that was most helpful since all were very useful. I think the actual writing of the plan and discussing it with a peer was probably one of the hardest — yet most impactful — components."


Liz Kinchen


"Being in a structured community of EDs in a similar situation and sharing issues is invaluable.

This course is a great resource for long-term EDs who are considering leaving their job, either to retire or to continue working somewhere else. The materials are very useful for both myself and to share with my board. The leadership is experienced, thoughtful, professional and caring all at the same time."


Cheryl Opper

"I feel more energized and challenged, instead of feeling this sense of sadness. I know the most important thing that I can do now is be a part of this program to really learn how I can best prepare the organization as well as myself for leaving."


Beatriz Zapater

"The coaches are superb and I got support with dilemmas I was facing, useful tools to help my organization plan for my succession and I learned that there is life and more work after you leave."


Cathy Levine

"The greatest benefit I got was after I did the best I could to lead a successful transition, when it was time to leave, I could give myself permission to go."


Lonnie Powers

"It’s hard for anyone to get outside of themselves and be as objective as you need to be both about your own choices for the future, as well as the choices for the organization."

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