Leaders Studio FAQs

Can all social ventures participate?
Rippleworks is committed to supporting scaling social ventures. We speak with all social ventures we support to confirm fit. We welcome all ventures we have spoken with and confirmed fit to participate.
Can any leader participate?
We design programs for senior leaders (C-Suite Officers, Country Directors, etc.) who manage a function and we design programs for people managers. Take a look at program descriptions to see whom each is for.
Who at a social venture can nominate a leader to apply?
The purpose of venture nominations is to ensure ventures can connect leaders whose learning is most critical to a ventures next phase of growth to learning programs. We welcome nominations from the person best suited to identify those leaders. We’ve taken nominations from CEOs, Chief People Officers, and Chief Operating Officers.
How many leaders can they nominate?
We welcome two leader nominations per program.

Alternatively, we welcome full leadership teams to apply to join together. We can accept up to two leadership teams per program.

When can they nominate leaders?
In 2023, social ventures can nominate leaders between January 9th-27th for programs between January-June and between May 8th-26th for programs between July-December.
They missed the deadline to nominate leaders. Can social ventures still submit nominations for upcoming programs?

Yes, social ventures may still submit nominations. We will keep the form open after the deadline. Rippleworks Leaders Studio will follow up with nominated leaders regarding availability and application. Nominations for the second half of the year will begin in May.

I will nominate leaders from my social venture. What tips can you share with me?
Ask yourself, what are your social venture’s goals? How does your leadership need to learn and grow to guide your venture there? Can one of our programs help? Once you have leaders’ names in mind, confirm their interest. Does the program align with their learning goals? How you can support their learning both during and after a program?
I am a nominated leader. Should I apply to participate?
Is the program aligned to your learning goals? Can you commit to participating in all scheduled sessions? Are you willing to try some new things out between sessions? If yes, absolutely!
What is the time commitment?
12-16 hours over 3-4 weeks. This includes a weekly 2-hour live Zoom session and 1-2 hours of prep for each
When can I apply?
Between 8 and 3 weeks before program start. Take a look at program descriptions to see dates by program.
How can I apply?
We’ll share an application with all nominated leaders via email 8 weeks before program start.
How many programs can I apply to?
We encourage leaders to consider their personal capacity in making this decision. While there is no formal limit, we advise no more than one program per quarter.
I am an accepted leader. What can I expect?
Program sessions are highly interactive. We’ll ask you to reflect, engage in polls and other activities, discuss in small groups, come off mute and ask questions or share ideas. This isn’t something you can do while driving, making dinner, or watching TV! If your environment and connection allows, we ask you to join over video for your and your peers best possible experience.
How can I get the most from the program?
Ask questions. Be open. Suspend judgment. Try new things. Make an effort to get to know your peers (If you’re lucky, you’ll have each other as resources even after a program is over!)
Do you offer certification?
Not at this time.
How much do programs cost?
We offer all programs free of charge.
Who at a social venture can nominate leaders to apply?
Nominations ensure that leaders whose learning is most critical to their ventures next phase of growth apply. We welcome nominates from the person who is best suited to identify those leaders at a ventures. We’ve had nominations from CEOs, Chief People Officers, and Chief Operating Officers.
When can a social venture nominate leaders to apply?
In 2023, social ventures can nominate leaders between January 9th-27th for programs between January-June and between May 8th-26th for programs between July-December.
When can leaders apply?
Leaders can apply to participate beginning eight weeks and up to three weeks before a program starts. Take a look at program application dates in program descriptions.

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