SPO Governance Program

“As social impact leaders, your work is a testament to the passion and drive that is the lifeblood of India’s development sector. Our commitment at ILSS is to help you achieve your objectives of a resilient, sustainable organization that can create impact at scale.

We recognise the immense challenges nonprofit CEOs face given the complexity of the environment we work in. You, as CEOs and founders, deserve a support system of advisors, who not only champion the cause, but also provide mentorship and strategic direction while upholding accountability. We firmly believe that every nonprofit organization deserves a strong and robust board.

Our SPO Governance Program aims to guide you in devising a strategy for the creation and recruitment of a strong board that aligns with your unique aspirations. From the meticulous selection of a board chair, to crafting their definitive roles and responsibilities, we offer personalized support every step of the way, empowering you to thrive in your pursuit.

And this is only the beginning. We are committed to staying with you on this journey, to ensure that you and your organization sustain and succeed over time. We are honored to be a part of your unfolding impact stories!”

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  • Capability Building: Increased capability of social sector leaders to attract, hire, grow and retain talent and build wholesome workplaces within organizations enabling growth and sustainability as they work towards their social impact mission
  • Improved Compliance and Organizational Practices: Improved organizational compliances and practices around people due to prioritization of people and development of better people leaders
  • Devising a model for people management for the development sector’s unique realities: Advocating for a model for people management for the development sector that is relevant, actionable and informed by the sector’s unique realities. A curated repository of tools, templates and frameworks related to people practices, ready to plug-and-play aids with the process of enabling leaders build better-managed organizations
  • Increased investments in Talent Management: Investments in the people function are increased, strategic and timely
  • Strengthened Development Ecosystem: Improved models of people management relevant to the Indian development sector landscape leading to an inclusive, fair, people-centric sector that is viewed as an attractive vocation/career prospect

Criteria for eligibility for the People Practices Program are listed below. You should qualify for at least 3 out of the 6 criteria listed below to be eligible:

  • Organization leader who has:
    • A designation of Founder/CEO/CXO/HR Head in the organization
    • Led the organization for at least 1 year and has 5 years of overall work experience
  • Organization having:
    • Been in existence for at least 3 years
    • 15 employees and Budget of > 2 crores
    • Ambition to scale 2-5x in the next 3-5 years


The program will be offered as a comprehensive blended action-workshop series over 7 weeks (with synchronous and asynchronous components) each focusing on a specific theme. Workshop learnings will be supplemented by individual and group projects, readings, case studies, peer learning circles and mentorship/coaching. Including independent study, participants should expect to commit upto 6 hours/week on average.


I, A Leader. This, My Vocation.
  • Uncovering personal values and leadership style
  • Understanding personal people-related challenges as mirrors and pathways for growth
  • Understanding personal definition of leadership and “success” and finding means to embody that through your role
Why Invest in your People?
  • Understanding people management and development as a strategic function
  • Learning from relevant organizations who’ve achieved strategic differentiation and success through people
  • Uncovering and articulating own philosophies for investing in people
  • Understanding people-related policies and legal compliance
Aligning Organization & People
  • Building organization culture
  • Attracting, sourcing and aligning talent
  • Managing and developing talent
  • Rewarding and growing talent
Creating a Plan for Change
  • Consolidating Program learnings
  • Designing plans for change management and a plan for change based on learnings

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