Developing High Performing People

Managing Talent and Mobilizing Teams

Guided by our expert faculty, you and your fellow nonprofit executives will be challenged to examine your personal values, sense of vocation, and integrity as the backbone of brave leadership. At the organizational level, you will explore how to build solid human resources practices, how to understand emotional intelligence and the role it plays in having difficult yet effective conversations.

You’ll learn how to develop and align your organization with a people-focused strategy, how to inspire others in challenging times and how to prepare the organization for the inevitability of transition in both full-time and volunteer leadership. Leave equipped to make an even more positive impact on the people you lead and serve your organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Develop your personal leadership values and maximize your people resources


Who Should Attend

  • Middle, upper and senior-level executives of nonprofit organizations
  • Leaders who must motivate and energize others in an organizational setting.

Key Benefits

  • Think strategically about the people resources of your organization
  • Learn to communicate your values to all stakeholders
  • Understand the importance of a leadership succession plan for the paid and volunteer leaders of your organization

Program Content

LeadWell: Three Essentials for Inspired Leadership

  • Deeply examine your values, sense of vocation and integrity as the backbone of brave leadership
  • Be inspired and equipped to have a more profound impact on the people you lead and serve and the ability of the organization to advance its mission

Aligning People with Strategy

  • Understand a comprehensive model of how HR links to success in your organization
  • Define and develop legally defensible competencies and motivations
  • Understand and practice elements of behavioral interviewing
  • Understand and apply components of rewards and recognition
  • Explore how teams work together – behavior, teamwork, processes
  • Examine what is trainable and what is not trainable

Inspiring During Tough Times

  • Dealing with staff reductions due to budget constraints
  • Motivating staff left behind
  • Managing the impact of mergers on staff
  • Remaining productive in challenging situations

Transition & Succession Planning

  • Developing staff for growth
  • Managing transition within
  • Managing leadership transition

The Art of Difficult Conversations

  • Understand confrontations in the workplace: what they are, what makes them difficult, why we avoid them, why should we care
  • Learn practical strategies and tools for approaching these conversations
  • Workshop your own difficult conversations and debrief the exercise with the entire class


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

Kevin Murnane - Adjunct Lecturer of Leadership Coaching

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

K Sujata - President/CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women

Brooke Vuckovic - Adjunct Lecturer of Leadership Coaching

Fees & Accommodations


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

Wieboldt Hall
Kellogg Conference Center
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.


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