Leading for the Future

New Strategies for Effective Nonprofit Sector Leadership

For those responsible for realizing the vision and mission and shaping the direction of their nonprofit organizations, this advanced program focuses on developing the strong skills essential for the success of nonprofit executives, board members and top administration.

You’ll explore new developments and key concepts in the theory and practice of effective leadership and how to put them into practice to improve the effectiveness of processes and operations, build teams within your organization and with external constituencies, diversify revenue streams and use social media to enhance success. You’ll leave equipped and empowered to deliver maximum leadership value to your organization and its stakeholders.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Lead your organization for tomorrow, today


Who Should Attend

  • Senior nonprofit executives and active board members responsible for shaping the direction, mission and programs of their organization
  • CEOs, Executive Directors and key program managers looking for new tools and approaches to make their organizations perform effectively

Key Benefits

  • Become a more effective leader for nonprofit organizations
  • Enhance organizational effectiveness by optimizing process and procedures
  • Develop and evaluate key social media that can advance the mission of the organization
  • Create a culture of accountability
  • Develop tools to deal effectively across generations

Program Content

Service Operations for Nonprofit Organizations

  • Learn how to optimize organization’s costs, quality, speed and customer service
  • Utilize frameworks for diagnosing, improving and designing effective operations with real-world examples and cases
  • Analyze and explore the Business Process Flows Framework
  • Investigate the critical link between operational drivers and business strategies

Social Media Marketing for Nonprofit Firms

  • Utilize digital and social media to strategically advance organization’s mission
  • Learn process for assessing performance

Creating a Culture of Accountability

  • Make effective agreements with team members
  • Develop peer to peer accountability
  • Review RACI Model for identifying team member roles and responsibilities

Leadership in 5G: A Conversation on Leveraging Generational Differences

  • Engage in candid dialogue regarding perspectives on working with the four generations in the workplace and the fifth generation on its way in
  • Learn practical strategies for how to more effectively collaborate with colleagues and others across the generational divides


Naini Serohi - Academic Director; Program Administrator Senior, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management

Aleen Bayard - Principal, Aleen Bayard Transformative Consulting

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Michele Rogers - Clinical Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Executive Education and Director of Chicago Partnerships

Mohanbir Sawhney - McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology; Clinical Professor of Marketing; Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation

Fees & Accommodations


Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Campus Parking Map - Please Note: the Huron Superior Parking A lot and the Erie Ontario Parking C & D lots are available to the public and should be used when attending programs at Wieboldt Hall.

Application Deadline

The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.

Scholarship Assistance

Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations. All applications are initially submitted at the full list price. Each is reviewed by our registrar and any scholarships granted will be reflected in the amount applied to your invoice or charged to your credit card.


Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.

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Cancellation Policy:

Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund. Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.

*Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation. Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option. The participant must continue with the rollover process.

Personal Consultation

Please email or call us if you would like a personal consultation for Nonprofit Programs

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208