Step Into Impact

Taking your private sector skills and experience and applying them to the social impact effort can be incredibly fulfilling and drive real outcomes. Whether you’re hoping to transition your career, dedicate time to strategic volunteering, engage in impact investing, launch a social startup or become a board member, you’ll need to understand the landscape and possibilities across the realm of social impact.

This three-day executive education program will introduce you to the social sector, from nonprofits to impact investing, sustainability, social enterprise and more. The program will provide a baseline understanding of the funding streams, mechanisms of impact, cutting-edge trends and opportunities, breadth of ways to engage and more. In addition, we will explore actionable paths towards applying your professional skills and experience in the impact sector, including complete career shifts, pro bono engagement, strategic volunteerism, philanthropy and investment opportunities.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Use your corporate world skills to drive impact in nonprofit organizations.


Who Should Attend

  • Leaders considering a career transition from the corporate sector to the social sector
  • Anyone wishing to engage as a strategic volunteer, as a board member or donor
  • Professionals interested in engaging in impact investing or in support of social entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurship
  • Those with some knowledge of the nonprofit or social sectors and seeking a broader understanding
  • Forward-thinking business and private sector leaders interested in weaving social impact into their work and life

Key Benefits

  • Understand how to translate corporate skills to the nonprofit sector
  • Discover opportunities for engaging with causes important to you
  • Learn fundraising strategies that drive change in the nonprofit sector

Program Content

  • What is Social Impact?
    • Understand the definition and scope of impact work
    • Explore the various sub-sectors of impact work and the effect of social impact work on both the US and global economies
  • The Spectrum of Impact Organizations
    • Explore and understand the different types of impact organizations
    • Discuss the characteristics of the various impact organizations as well as the benefits and limitations to each
  • Funding Impact
    • Look at both new and traditional methods of funding impact from pure philanthropic models to earned revenue models to strategic impact investing
    • Explore and understand who is funding impact and their motivations
  • Finding Your Why
    • Explore and identify your personal values and their connection to your role in social impact
  • Transferring Your Skills for Impact
    • Introduce the range of ways people can use their professional skills, experience and networks to engage in social impact
    • Create a personal roadmap for getting started in the social impact sector
    • Participate in individual speed-coaching sessions to further hone your personal roadmap


Megan Kashner - Academic Director; Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Social Impact, Kellogg Public-Private Interface; Founder and CEO, Benevolent

Jennifer Paul - Academic Director; Director, Nonprofit Executive Programs, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management

Michelle L. Buck - Clinical Professor of Leadership, Kellogg School of Management

Evelyn Kuo Fitzgerald - Executive Director, Social Venture Partners, Chicago

Shannon Schuyler - Adjunct Lecturer of Social Impact

Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald - Chief External Relations Officer, The Taproot Foundation

Tasha Seitz - Adjunct Lecturer of Global Initiatives in Management; Chief Investment Officer, Impact Engine; Chairman of the Board, Spark Ventures

Fees & Accommodations

Location & Accommodations:

This program is held on Northwestern University's Evanston campus, at the Global Hub.

Kellogg School of Management
Global Hub
2211 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL

Hotel Information: Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations and getting to and from campus each day.

Evanston Hotels

Schedule: The program will start at 1:00pm on Monday, April 23, 2018 and ends at 4:00pm on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Cost: The tuition for this program is $1,150 per person, which includes meals and program materials. There is a 30% Kellogg Alumni Discount for qualified applicants and scholarships are available for those working in the nonprofit sector.

Application Deadline: The deadline for registration is 10:00am on Friday, April 20, 2018.

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.

Learn More

Please email or call us if you would like additional information about Nonprofit Programs

Kellogg School of Management

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