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
The forum experience enables members to build trust, expand perspectives, gain clarity through verbalizing issues, improve emotional intelligence, accelerate leadership and communication abilities, and foster meaningful relationships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.