About What's Next


National data indicates that a large portion of nonprofit leaders are on the brink of transitioning out of their executive role, but many leaders and their organizations are not well-prepared for what comes next. TSNE MissionWorks' What’s Next: Leading a Thriving Transition supports long-time leaders to prepare their organizations and themselves for their departure and ensure ongoing sustainability.

A leadership transition is a critical moment in the lifecycle of any organization as it brings opportunities for growth and change as well as challenges. For a long-time leader, leadership transitions can bring specific challenges as executives explore their legacy and plan for what is next in their lives, boards increase their leadership role, and organizations prepare for change. What’s Next assists leaders to depart with strength and grace, and supports organizations to prepare for and embrace change.

What’s Next participants engage in confidential, thoughtful and strategic discussions and exercises about leadership transitions, both personal and organizational. The program features two intensive retreats, individual coaching and an ongoing support network of long-time leaders

Participant Benefits

  • Assessment of the organization’s transition readiness
  • Best practices and tools to prepare for the transition
  • Progress on addressing organizational vulnerabilities related to a transition
  • Increased clarity on the leader's personal steps to departure and plans for future
  • Support and motivation to plan and implement the steps necessary to leave well
  • A confidential space to process and plan for your departure and what’s next
  • Focused leadership related to the leader's upcoming transition
  • Groundwork for a sustainability/succession plan
  • Celebration of the leader's legacy
  • A support network of peers

Apply today!

Your inquiry is confidential and will not be shared with any third party, sponsors, funders or other outside groups. Space is limited.

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
  • Spring 2019 California Cohort: April 7-9, 2019 and June 9-11, 2019 - EarthRise Retreat Center at IONS, Petaluma, CA
  • Fall 2019 California Cohort: October 6-8, 2019 and December 8-10, 2019 - Chaminade Resort and Spa, Santa Cruz CA

What’s Next offers its program in different locations across the country.

TSNE MissionWorks launched What’s Next in 2014 to prepare for the looming wave of departing leaders and the need for organizations and leaders to prepare for the transitions. The program's ultimate goal is to help leaders depart with strength and grace, and to help organizations embrace change and manage it successfully. Over 150 long time leaders in 11 different cohorts have participated in What’s Next on the East and West Coasts.

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

What’s Next: Leading a Thriving Transition
TSNE MissionWorks
89 South Street, Suite 700
Boston, Mass. 02111