Step Into Impact

Taking your private sector skills and experience and applying them to a social impact effort can be incredibly fulfilling and drive real outcomes. Whether you’re hoping to transition your career, dedicate pro bono or volunteer time, 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 two-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 impact sector
  • Anyone wishing to engage as a volunteer, on a pro bono basis, 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

Program Content

  • What is Social Impact?
  • The Spectrum of Impact Organizations
  • Funding Impact
  • Social Innovation
  • Finding Your "Why": Explore and Identify Personal Values and Their Connection to Your Role in Social Impact
  • Ways to Make an Impact
  • Skills Transfer & Mapping Your Path
  • Panel Discussion with Impact Makers


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

Richard Brown - Vice President, Philanthropy, American Express

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

Luncheon Keynote - Gloria Nelund - Chairman & CEO, TriLinc Global

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

Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald

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

Sophia Shaw - Adjunct Professor of Social Impact; Managing Partner, Acorn Advisors, LLC; Prior CEO, Chicago Botanic Garden

Michael Slaby - Head of Mission, Timshel

Featured Panelists - Jeff Davidoff, President, Walton Isaacson; Chris Morgan, Founding Partner, Chicago Lantern Partners; Julian Posada, Chief Operating and Enterprise Officer at The Resurrection Project

Fees & Accommodations

Location & Accommodations:

This program is held on Northwestern University's Evanston campus, at the James L. Allen Center.

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL

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

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.

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