In today’s interconnected world, how can we lead and manage most effectively in the face of organizational challenges, funding constraints, crisis and disasters, and political and cultural tensions?  Navigating such crises can become a defining moment for public officials, private sector executives, community organizers, and others in leadership positions.

“Leading with Impact” equips you with the tools to prepare for, adapt to, and manage such complex challenges, and to inspire others to act. This certification program offers practical frameworks for dealing with a wide range of topics for operating in diverse environments, and how to integrate tools of strategic communication, crisis management, political strategy, conflict mitigation, and collaboration.  The two-day program brings together these interdisciplinary topics and leaves participants with new expertise they can deploy immediately for increased organizational impact.

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"The course will expose participants to tools for analyzing and managing multifaceted leadership issues, such as the effect of emotions and individual and team identities on the likelihood of success during times of both crises and collaboration."

- Howard W. Buffett, Columbia University


The program is taught by world-renowned academics, researchers, and practitioners from Columbia University and Harvard University, including Howard W. Buffett, Daniel L. Shapiro, Joseph Pfeifer, Joann Baney, and Ester Fuchs. It also offers an exceptional opportunity for participants to expand their professional networks working with rising and accomplished executives from leading positions at corporations, government institutions, foundations, and international agencies from around the city and state of New York, and globally.


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Howard W. Buffett

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Columbia University

Joseph Pfeifer

Columbia University
Harvard University

Neil Gregory

International Finance Corporation  (Lunch Keynote)

"High impact leadership is the art of getting others to adapt and effectively manage complex and extreme events through skillful communications, negotiations, critical decision making, cross-sector coordination, social value investing, and collaborative policy making."

- Joseph Pfeifer, Columbia University & Harvard University


This two-day intensive course offers a unique opportunity for mid- and senior-level managers from government, as well as from the private and non-profit sectors, to gain an in-depth understanding of core leadership challenges and strategies. Participants will learn and develop their professional frameworks in areas of negotiation, conflict management, strategic communication, critical decision making, and the measurement of social impact.

The program will enhance participants’ ability to appreciate the complexity of managing large-scale organizations and events, not only from an operational viewpoint, but also from a policy and strategic perspective.

Areas of Concentration:

Cross-Sector Collaboration - Develop effective multi-organization partnerships across sectors through interactive exercises to evaluate collaborative impact.

Crisis Leadership - Examine human performance in a crisis and how leaders inspire others to adapt to extreme events in a network world.

Effective Negotiations - Improve negotiation skills by learning and practicing a five-point negotiation framework that turns emotional obstacles into assets.

Strategic Communications - Identify core messages to communicate to various audiences and practice delivering them in challenging circumstances.

Policy Influencing - Learn how to influence policy discussions and decision makers in complex conditions.



  •  Dates: Sept 26 - 27, 2019

  •  Tuition: $2,200

  •  Columbia University campus

Professional Benefits

  •  Earn a Columbia University awarded Certification of Participation.

  •  Participate in customized education from expert faculty.

  •  Advance concepts and practices on innovative and blended finance, including a personalized impact measurement strategy framework.

  •  Implement strategies for managing difficult challenges. 

  •  Set conditions for cross-sector collaboration and coordination.

  •  Refine professional and interpersonal management skills. 

  •  Acquire better self-awareness and responsiveness to others through simulations.

  •  Improve the ability to make critical decisions under stressful conditions. 

  •  Observe and develop one’s communication and negotiation styles.

  •  Develop a lasting network of leaders from around the world.

  •  Access a large collection of faculty-selected readings on key leadership development topics.


Day 1 - 9/26/2019

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Howard W. Buffett  "Cross-Sector Collaboration using the Social Value Investing Framework"



10:30 AM - 11:45 aM

Howard W. Buffett  "Measuring Social Value - the iRR Impact Balance Sheet Exercise"


Neil Gregory (Keynote Address) "The IFC Impact Investing Principles"

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Ester Fuchs  "Influencing Policy Decisions"



4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Joann Baney  "Strategic Communications"

5:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Day 1 Wrap-up


Day 2 - 9/27/2019

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Joseph Pfeifer  "Adapting to Extreme Events"



11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Joseph Pfeifer  "The Art of Crisis Leadership"



2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Daniel L. Shapiro  "Overcoming Conflict: The Power of Negotiation"



4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Daniel L. Shapiro "Negotiation in Action - the Core Concerns Exercise"

5:45 PM

Cocktail reception

Contact Info

420 W 118th St Room 400 | New York, NY 10027 (212) 854-2710

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