PLAN Program Application Form

8 Week Virtual Program Series: February – April 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, December 14, 2020
NOTE: This is the link for the Building Collaborative Responses to Trafficked Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, apologies for the confusion.
Futures Without Violence’s Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women Institute (SOS Institute), is inviting executive directors of domestic violence and sexual assault organizations to participate in the Professional Leadership & Advancement Network (PLAN) Program.  This 8 session program will include a unique blend of live and self-paced sessions, group and individual activities, peer exchange and mentoring, one on one technical assistance, and implementation planning. PLAN is an opportunity to engage with other violence against women organization leaders, to foster organization and leadership skills. 

As a result of the program, participants will be better able to examine and develop leadership skills and role to self, staff, and organization.
PLAN Program Schedule
First two weeks of February: Orientation, introductions, and preparatory assignment.

1 Hr. 30 minutes weekly live session at 2:00 p.m. EST, (subject to change).
Dates Topics
Wednesday, February 17 Individual Leadership
Wednesday, February 24 Effective and Positive Leadership
Wednesday, March 3 Leadership and Management Styles
Wednesday, March 10 Leadership Challenges And Decision Making
Wednesday, March 17 Succession Planning
March 24 BREAK, Optional Individual Meeting With Faculty
March 30 BREAK, No Meeting This Week
Wednesday, April 7 Relationship With The Community
Wednesday, April 14 Board Engagement
Wednesday, April 21 Implementation Planning
Who May Attend?
Executive directors of OVW grantee and subgrantee organizations, grant partners, past participants of the SOS Institute, and potential OVW grantees. Participation will be limited to 40 executive directors.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Applicants will be selected based on their responses to the application questions, to determine if the training will meet their professional development needs.  

Program Participation Commitments 
In advance of this program, you will be required to complete a brief needs assessment and other tasks resulting in about 2 hours of pre-program work. There will be 8 live zoom sessions for 90 minutes each. There will also be additional assignments each week that will take approximately 2 hours of time to complete. We anticipate a total time commitment of up to 4 hours per week.

Additionally, participants will be asked to create a professional development plan during the course of the program and provide a brief presentation on their implementation plan at the conclusion of the program.

Upon acceptance, FUTURES staff will provide detailed instructions and guidance, a syllabus, and access to other materials needed.

Note: The success of this program depends upon the engagement and peer exchange among participants.  Participation is required for all the sessions.  However, we understand that it may be impossible to make every live session and therefore participants may miss up to two live sessions with the understanding that they will view the session recording and complete any assignments.

All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application, no later than January 8, 2021. Please note that your registration is not confirmed until you have received an acceptance letter. For any assistance or questions, please contact Rebecca Del Rossi at
Please note that there are several sections in the application form:
  • Contact information
  • Experience questions
  • Accessibility needs
  • Grantee Information
  • Final review and commitment
NOTE: Application process will take about 20 minutes. You may be able to return to your application if you close the form, by using the same computer browser.  Please know that your personal information will not be shared.  You may send additional information to your questions over e-mail (listed above). Please see printable form.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K047, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.