Vivian Clecak

Vivian Clecak is the founding executive director of Human Options: Alternatives for Abused Women and their Families for over 34 years in Orange County, California. She led the agency from classic grassroots beginnings through successive stages of growth, including a capital campaign which modeled a unique collaboration with the public and private sectors. As a CEO, Vivian has always been on the cutting edge of learning and leading. She was a Hesselbein Fellow of the Peter Drucker Leadership Institute in 1998 and received a scholarship to the first Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders sponsored by Stanford University Business School in 2001. Vivian was a coach in the Fieldstone Foundation Coaching Network for Nonprofit Executives for four years. She was certified as an organizational transition consultant through the William Bridges Institute and is a past member of the Vistage Leadership Network (formerly TEC). Vivian is an honors graduate of Stanford University and received her MSW at UCLA. She is also a licensed clinical social worker and marriage family therapist with 30 years experience working with individuals and groups. Vivian has merged her clinical and organizational leadership skills in her current coaching practice and leads workshops on Nurturing the Nurturer, Transition Management, Capacity Building, Board Development, and Revitalizing the Leader. She has developed a leadership network for nonprofit executives and two leadership groups. Her workshops, on such key topics as organizational change and executive succession have assisted organizations to thrive and approach their business from an innovative perspective.


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