"Take the Lead" Nonprofit Workshops

"Take the Lead" is a series of 90 minute lunch workshops designed specifically for the senior leadership of nonprofit organizations that will build upon your current skillsets, and introduce you to new leadership strategies and tools. These workshops are ideal for CEOs/executive directors, board members, and other senior staff to attend together.

Created in partnership between Northwestern University’s Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact at the School of Communication and the Center for Nonprofit Management at the Kellogg School of Management, these workshops feature leading faculty from universities around the country.

Please note: All "Take the Lead" Series workshops are held from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Wieboldt Hall on Northwestern University's Chicago Campus. The workshop fee of $10 includes entry, lunch and materials.

Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street, Room 540
Chicago, IL 60611

*Scholarships are not available for these workshops.

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Networking & Partnerships

Discover cutting edge tools and best practices for developing partnerships that maximize impact

Dealing With “Toxic Nodes” in
Your Nonprofit Network

Not all partners are created equal and over time the capabilities or willingness of one or more to serve the collective may wane. What if a partner begins operating in their own self-interest over that of the group, eroding trust, or actively trying to dissolve the network? Nonprofit leaders need to make hard decisions on the best way to intervene while preserving the network’s overarching mission and delivery of services.

In this session, we will discuss how to identify “toxic nodes” within your network and what nonprofit leaders can do to manage or eliminate them.

Director, SGPP
University of Arizona

Upcoming Session

March 1, 2018

Start: March 1 at 11:30 AM

End: March 1 at 1:00 PM

Location: Chicago campus


Fee includes entry, lunch and materials.

Nonprofit Participation in
Collaborative Policy Making Networks

All nonprofit organizations are working to address the outcomes of larger social issues inherently tied to policy. Leaders have found success advocating for and advancing their agenda by joining collaborative policy making networks – generating greater awareness and presence for their particular cause. But, how can you be certain your organization’s interests are substantively represented among the more influential members of your network when working with policy makers?

In this workshop, we will present tools to measure collaborative participation and understand your position in policy making networks. You will learn strategies to use this data to increase meaningful participation in collaborative policy making.

Assistant Professor, Maxwell School of
Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University

Upcoming Session

May 17, 2018

Start: May 17 at 11:30 AM

End: May 17 at 1:00 PM

Location: Chicago campus


Fee includes entry, lunch and materials.

Kellogg School of Management

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