HCA Program for Non-Profit Leaders 2023

Nonprofit Success Built on Engaged Staff

28-29 August 2023

presented by

Harvard Business School  faculty member

Professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee



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Very high quality program. Delivered by expert speaker. Great active participation by group, very dynamic and engaging.” 

- Kelsey Jamieson, Associate Director, Kids Plus Foundation
“Professor was fantastic – his energy, enthusiasm and expertise was exceptional. The content was interesting, relevant and he made the learning journey engaging. I have learnt valuable tools and frameworks that will have practical use in my organisation.”
- Shelby Crookes, COO, Perth USAsia Centre
“Thank you – information, engaging and thought provoking” 
- Ronni Kahn, CEO OzHarvest
“Thank you for hosting an exceptional course. I have learned so much and have been so inspired through this experience. You have reignited in me the sense that I might just have the capability to be a top leader.”
-  Marnie Bricknell, Community Relationships & Communications Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities


 Felix Oberholzer-Gee


Felix Oberholzer-Gee is the Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. An award-winning instructor, his academic work and consulting are focused on competitive strategy and the effects of digital technology on corporate performance. His research has been published in the very best, peer-reviewed journals of his profession and profiled by media outlets around the world, including Financial Times, Le Figaro, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Oberholzer-Gee teaches competitive strategy in the HBS MBA program and in executive education courses such as the Harvard General Management Program. He serves as faculty chair of the Senior Executive Leadership Program for China, the Driving Digital Strategy and the Managing Turbulence programs. He has held various leadership roles at HBS, including chair of the MBA program and Senior Associate Dean for the school’s global research centres. He is the author of best selling book Better Simpler Strategy: a value based guide to exceptional performance. He is a co-host, with his colleague Mihir Desai, of the popular TED Audio podcast, After Hours. Among his happiest times are when he is cooking and eating (not necessarily in this order.)Mihir A. Desai is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Desai’s areas of expertise include tax policy, international finance, and corporate finance.  His academic publications have appeared in leading economics, finance, and law journals. His work has emphasized the links between corporate governance and taxation and the internal capital markets of multinational firms.  His research has been cited in The Economist, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and several other publications. His general interest publications include opinion pieces on a variety of topics in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.  Professor Desai has taught extensively as an award-winning teacher at HBS and at Harvard University.  As a second-year professor teaching finance in the required curriculum, he received the Student Association Award for teaching excellence from the HBS Class of 2001.  Most recently, Professor Desai has been active in delivering various executive education programs at HBS, including the General Managers Program (GMP), on campus and around the world.  From 2010 to 2014, Professor Desai was the Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University Affairs, where he was part of the senior management team of the Business School focused on integration with the rest of the University. His professional experiences include working at CS First Boston, McKinsey & Co., and advising a number of firms and governmental organizations.


Our fully residential program includes:

  • An engaging, informative program featuring case study discussions and lectures

  • Networking opportunities with fellow attendees, all non-profit leaders

  • All meals prepared by on-site chef

  • Two nights’ accommodation & use of leisure facilities

  • Complimentary on-site parking and transfers to/from Melbourne Airport

  • Plus, to simulate the same learning environment as the Harvard Business School, we will also be building a customised, tiered "U" shaped lecture theatre in the main conference room

Fee $TBC per person
Deposit  $550 is payable at the time of registration


Our program for leaders is aimed at CEOs and senior leaders of charitable not-for-profit organisations or social enterprises. The organisations they lead must, in the opinion of Harvard Club of Australia, generally fit one or more of the following criteria:

  1. They offer a charitable, community-public benefit or poverty relief purpose, as indicated by whether the NFP has Australian Tax Office TCC and/or DGR status, or “registered charity” status.

  2. They are a social enterprise or business (organisations using a business model to provide a social benefit) and which may not have TCC/DGR.

  3. They are an organisation with a community or public benefit purpose (generally evidenced by a “formal” governance structure, voluntary participation by members and independence from government).


To follow.

* Subject to change.


Program Managers: Anita Pike

Program Director: Melinda Muth  on 02 8916 6384 or email 

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For more information on our program for non-profit leaders, please email and a program supervisor will call you back.