Morrow Event

Forums for Accelerator Program Managers

WHERE: Morrow Access Platform

WHEN: November 1, 2023

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Events | Forums for Accelerator Program Managers

A Place to Discover You’re Not Alone in this Work

How it Works

Forums consist of groups of 8-10 members who meet regularly led by a trained moderator. A forum requires members to be fully engaged and vulnerable. Members commit to preparing for and sharing impactful stories, listening without judgement, challenging themselves, maintaining confidentiality, holding themselves and peers accountable, and fulfilling member responsibilities

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You'll discover you're not alone in this difficult work. You'll build relationships with peers who understand the ups and downs. And you'll get the support you need to excel as a program manager.

Demanding Job

We know program managers at accelerators have uniquely demanding jobs. Between constantly switching between tasks, resolving founder conflicts, planning events, and tracking metrics–it's an incredibly hard balancing act.

  • Juggling myriad day-to-day tasks while also thinking long-term about program strategy and evolution
  • Adapting program curriculum and format to keep content fresh, relevant and engaging

Guiding Founders Well

Working closely with founders is challenging yet rewarding. You guide them through the accelerator journey, celebrating their wins and supporting them through setbacks. At the same time, you must manage and meet leadership expectations.

  • Ensuring diligent founder support while also pushing them out of their comfort zone to maximize growth
  • Identifying potential conflicts of interest between founders, mentors, and investors

Finding a New Community

To thrive in this role long-term, you need a community, a group of peers who relate to your experiences and reenergize you. We've created small forums exclusively for program managers at accelerators. In this group, you'll share stories, discuss challenges, and gain new perspectives from peers in similar roles.

  • Keeping updated on industry trends and best practices at leading accelerators globally
  • Planning and executing major transitions and growth phases for the accelerator

Forge Connections with Peers who Understand the Job to Be Done

Join a Morrow Forum of accelerator program managers to elevate your skills and thrive in your role.

This Forum brings together 8-10 professionals in similar positions for a collaborative experience. Engage in discussions and exchange ideas with peers who understand the intricacies of your work. Gain insights into the topics and challenges facing program managers. Share stories and strategies on guiding founders, planning events, resolving conflicts, and managing up.

Leave with new perspectives, a community of support, and actionable takeaways tailored to advancing your program management skills. This facilitated Forum led by experts provides an invaluable opportunity to cultivate new thinking, learn from fellow program managers, and propel your leadership forward.

Download the Forum Guide to understand how to join upcoming forums for Accelerator Program Managers.

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The Four Cornerstones of a Forum

I. Mindset in a Forum

Forums foster a unique environment where accelerator leaders can share openly without fear of judgment. Members listen to each other with deep respect, avoiding giving unsolicited advice. The focus is on learning from shared experiences rather than problem-solving. This mindset enables authentic vulnerability and trust.

II. Confidentiality in a Forum

Everything discussed within Forum stays confidential. Members commit to never sharing others' stories or revealing sensitive details. Breaching confidentiality results in automatic removal. This allows complete openness in sharing challenges and private matters. Confidentiality is critical for building trust.

III. Responsibility in a Forum

Forum members take personal responsibility for fully engaging in and committing to the group. This means prioritizing attendance, arriving prepared, and participating with undivided attention. Members also take responsibility for raising any concerns directly so they can be addressed openly, rather than letting issues build up privately.

IV. Vulnerability in a Forum

Accelerator members are willing to share at a deeper level by exposing their real challenges, fears or weaknesses. Rather than maintaining a facade of having "everything together," they reveal their authentic selves. This requires leaving egos aside and sharing their 5% most impactful experiences. Vulnerability breeds more vulnerability, gradually creating an environment where meaningful sharing occurs.