Program Overview

The Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness (CSEE) is a year-long certificate program that strengthens social mission organizations and those who lead them. CSEE uses a two-pronged approach to develop stronger leaders and foster organizational strategy skills, including organizational assessment and action planning.

CSEE is designed for: executive directors and other senior leaders in organizations focused on social missions. This includes nonprofit services, non-government organizations, and foundations.

Two optional program components are:

Leadership Development: The program involves an in-depth leadership assessment to help identify personal strengths and weaknesses. From this assessment, students can choose to develop a year-long leadership development plan to sharpen strengths and address opportunities for improvement. Each participant can choose to work with a faculty coach who facilitates the plan development and execution. Classroom sessions on leadership concepts and tools augment the personal development plans.

Organizational Development: Over the course of the program, students can develop an organizational strategic plan or project for their organization. Students then consult with a faculty mentor who lends expertise and advice on the project. The intent of this organizational action plan is that upon completion of the program, students have a board-ready presentation to take back to their organization. In past years, CSEE students have worked on projects like 5 or 10-year strategic plans, how to increase donors and/or volunteers, replicating services in a new region, succession planning, and building better boards.



Residence Period 1 — August 21-22, 2021
Residence Period 2 — October 16-17, 2021
Residence Period 3 — February 19-20, 2022
Residence Period 4 — May 21-22, 2022

Residency weekends begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish at 5:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and breaks are included. Classes are held in the Haslam Business Building on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus.

When participants are not in residence, they are involved in assigned projects, readings, and coaching sessions with their faculty mentors.


CSEE participants who finish the 10-month program and meet all attendance requirements receive a certificate of completion in the form of an elegant wall plaque with their engraved name.

A graduation reception is held to honor the class, and participants are eligible for a maximum of 6 .4 continuing education units (CEU’s).