Opportunity for Victorian Community Service Sector CEOs to Study at Harvard Business School

Applications for the 2020 Harvard Club of Victoria’s (HCV) Non-Profit Fellowships to the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School open on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

There will be an information session on Wednesday 13 November at 6.15 pm (for 6.30) to 8.00 pm, at Leadership Victoria, for representatives of peak bodies and for potential applicants for the HCV Non-Profit Fellowships.

The information session is free, but booking before COB on Friday 8 November is essential, as numbers are limited.

Please use this link to book: https://www.trybooking.com/BGHWB.

Each year, through its Non-Profit Fellowship Program, the Harvard Club of Victoria sends up to three CEOs from the Victorian community service sector to Harvard Business School to attend the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) program. An HCV Non-Profit Fellowship provides A$14,000 of funding to cover the SPNM fees (tuition and case materials, accommodation, and meals), as well as travel to and from Boston, plus a study tour to non-profit organisations in North America.

The Fellowships are for CEOs in service delivery organisations in the community service sector, with specific focus in the following areas: alcohol and drug services; children, youth and families; disability; environment; family violence; housing and homelessness; Indigenous services; mental health; refugee resettlement. These organisations must be headquartered in Victoria, have DGR status, and have annual revenues over A$3 million. CEOs of industry associations (e.g. peak bodies), management support organisations, and consulting firms are not eligible.

Next year – 2020 – will be the HCV Non-Profit Fellowship Program’s 21st year and we have now sent 42 CEOs to SPNM. Our information session will cover the aims and background of the program, along with the key Fellowship selection criteria, and details of the application and interview process for 2020. In addition, previous Fellowship recipients will share their experiences and take questions.

The feedback that we have received over the years from Fellowship recipients has been uniformly positive and we are confident that the HCV Fellowship provides an outstanding leadership development experience for non-profit CEOs. Our aim is to help them make an even bigger impact in the community service sector in future years. (See below for comments from our 2019 Fellowship recipients.)

13 November 2019 – 7 February 2020: Application period for HCV Non-Profit Fellowships.

Saturday 28 March 2020: Shortlisted candidates are interviewed. Fellowship recipients are notified on the day of interview if possible.

12–18 July 2020: SPNM program will take place on the Harvard Business School campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


When: Wednesday 13 November, 6.15 pm (for 6.30), with an 8.00 pm finish

Where: Leadership Victoria, Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, Melbourne. (For reference: The Old Treasury Building overlooks the eastern end of Collins Street.)

Booking: The information session is free, but bookings are essential, as numbers are limited. Please book using this link https://www.trybooking.com/BGHWB, before COB on Friday 8 November.

For further details, visit the NPF webpage or contact Mandy Croker at mandy@harvardclubofvictoria.org.au.

What the 2019 Fellowship recipients say about their SPNM experience:

“The value and relevance of SPNM is multifaceted and immense. For most CEOs who attend, it is the first opportunity ever to be together with 160 like-minded CEOs who are all working to address some of the most challenging aspects that exist in society, e.g. assisting refugees who are crossing the Mexican/US border, homelessness, poverty, educational and intergenerational disadvantage, unemployment. It was great to have such a strong acknowledgement by the Harvard lecturers of what we do as leaders of communities.”

            Elizabeth Drozd, CEO, Australian Multicultural Community Services (SPNM 2019)


“Simply put, SPNM was the most outstanding learning experience that I have ever had. The faculty were sensational – so engaging, so approachable and energetic – and the course content fascinating and hugely relevant. HBS is such a motivating and exciting place: at the end of the week I was completely exhausted but wished I could stay another three weeks!”

                  Edward Tudor, Executive Director, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (SPNM 2019)

“I took a lot away from the week, but one of the major takeaways was how common it is across our organisations to have a Vision and a Mission, but how often we lack a more immediate ‘operational mission’ which helps guide trade-offs and decisions for the medium term. The big ‘M’ mission we have, but I believe there is still work to do in our little ‘m’ mission, and I suspect that resonates with folks at Teach For Australia. This is why I am so excited to see work already happening: in our regional vision setting, in clarifying elements of our program vision, in innovation, in relation to our Alumni – all feeding into our 2030 vision.”

            Melodie Potts Rosevear, CEO, Teach For Australia (SPNM 2019)

The Harvard Club of Victoria Non-Profit Fellowship Committee

Graeme Kelly (Chair)

Mandy Croker

Rebecca Grapsas

Jenny Proimos

Dana Rowan

For enquiries, please contact:
Mandy Croker
Harvard Club of Victoria