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.

Our faculty are also available for one-on-one consultations during the program’s scheduled meals, at which students may discuss strategy or leadership matters they are facing within their roles and organizations. These consults will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis and are scheduled via email requests to David Gras and Timothy Munyon. Additional paid consulting services may be recommended to students beyond this provision. Depending on CSEE program funding, when available and on a limited basis, need-based scholarships may be available to defray paid consulting expenses.

Contact Kitty Cornett, program manager, for further information on consultation scheduling, needs-based consulting scholarships and preferred providers in our region



  • August 24-25, 2024
  • October 5-6, 2024
  • February 22-23, 2025
  • May 17-18, 2025

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.

In between the four residency periods, students are involved in assigned projects and readings.


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 cohort on the final day of class.

CSEE participants are eligible for a maximum of 4.8 continuing education units. (10 classroom hours = 1 CEU credit.)