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Leading for the Future

New Strategies for Effective Leadership

Success in the nonprofit sector is often driven by the leadership of an organization. This program targets the development of strong leadership skills is essential for today’s nonprofit executives and board members and top administration. Key developments in the theory and practice of effective leadership including operations, team building, diversifying revenue, and social media will be discussed.

This program will enable you to apply key concepts to your own organizations: maximizing value through more effective processes and operations, building teams within your organization and with external constituencies, diversifying revenue streams, and utilizing social media to enhance success

Upcoming Sessions

  • Apply Online
    May 4-5, 2015
  • Apply Online
    May 16-17, 2016
  1. Senior nonprofit executives and active board members responsible for shaping the direction, mission and programs of their organization
  2. Nonprofit CEOs, Executive Directors and major program managers looking for new tools and approaches to make their organizations perform effectively
During this course, you will learn to:
  1. Understand the demands of leadership and how leadership skills can be developed and applied most effectively in nonprofit organizations
  2. Enhance organizational effectiveness by optimizing process and procedures
  3. Develop and evaluate key social media that can advance the mission of the organization
  4. Build a successful team and improve the teams' decision-making and performance
  5. Explore ways to increase organization’s income

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

Team Building
  1. Identify the essential conditions for effective team performance
  2. Understand why some teams are functional and others dysfunctional, and how to improve functionality
  3. Learn about strategies and tools that can be used to enhance team dynamics
  4. Participate in team building activities that can be replicated at the organization

Diversifying Your Revenue Stream
  1. Discuss core concepts including social entrepreneurship and a case study
  2. Learn and practice five tools that deliver ways to boost income
  3. Practice learnings with interactive hands-on workshop
  4. Develop at least one idea for your organization

Digital and Social Media Marketing for Nonprofit Firms
  1. Utilize digital and social media to strategically advance organization’s mission
  2. Learn process for assessing performance
Gad Allon - Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Gail Berger - Lecturer

Mark Light - Executive in Residence at DePaul University School of Public Service

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

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

Wieboldt Hall

Kellogg Conference Center
340 East Superior Street
Maps and Directions

Programs typically start promptly at 8:30 am and end by 5:00 pm each day. Once you have registered and paid for a program, you will receive a detailed schedule which includes daily start/end times, session titles, and faculty names.

Program Fees
All two and three-day programs cost $950.00 each. Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations.

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

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