Courageous Leadership: Becoming a Transformational Leader

The Power of New Ideas

For experienced nonprofit leaders and executives responsible for igniting new ideas in their nonprofit organizations, this program focuses on developing the skills essential in bringing creativity and vision to the workplace.

In this program, you will explore fresh concepts in the theory and practice of creative, effective and impactful leadership. Additionally, you’ll learn how to develop the courage to think differently and lead with passion for the future. You will leave equipped and empowered to deliver maximum leadership value to your organization by doing more while integrating new ideas.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Create a vision for your organization’s future


Approved By CFRE


Full participation in this Kellogg Nonprofit Executive Education program entitles you to 14 points in Category 1.B—Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Note: Participants who wish to apply for continuing education points on their CFRE application for initial certification and/or recertification will be able to access a tracking form on the course site, once they register for the program.

Who Should Attend

  • Senior leaders of nonprofit organizations
  • Senior public sector leaders, government leaders, educational institution leaders, leaders of faith-based organizations and NGO leaders
  • Career switchers or for-profit leaders who intend on joining a nonprofit team or Board
  • All forward thinking senior leaders

Key Benefits

  • Think critically about the professional design that will carry the organization long-term
  • Develop a strategic vision to future-proof your organization
  • Practice focus and effective persuasion as a leader of the future
  • Learn to communicate your vision and ideas, effectively, through visualization
  • Equip yourself with key tools for leading organizational changes in the future

Program Content

Strategies for Advancing The Mission: The Courageous Nonprofit Leader

  • Given the increasingly diverse revenue models that nonprofit organizations are pursuing, participants will build an approach for understanding the tradeoffs among various revenue strategies through the lens of mission, beneficiaries, and strategic priorities
  • Learn how to vet alternative growth and scale paths for nonprofit and social sector organizations in order to fulfill mission
  • Explore approaches to building alignment for chosen growth paths with staff, board, and key stakeholders

The Visionary Leader – Fundamentals of Designing For Stakeholder Experience

  • Design thinking is not just a verb - it is a way of thinking for now and the future
    • Learn some of the fundamentals of Design Thinking and discuss how they can be applied to everything from stakeholder services to service-related innovations
    • Learn strategic design thinking for your organization through listening to the user, observing all you can, aligning the desirable with the feasible, and learning from the stakeholder experience
    • Explore how we can apply these principles throughout the nonprofit sector. Take what you know intuitively and empathetically and use it to create opportunity

Communicating for Changes – The Science of Whole-Brain Persuasion

  • Learn how to assure that your ideas for the future may be communicated effectively, through persuasive presentation
  • Identify strategies for using compelling visuals, concrete stories and familiar metaphors to engage your stakeholders
  • Learn how to make your message stick and inspire action as a leader

Focusing the Leader’s Mind - Preparing for the Future

  • In the last two decades, the demands on our time and attention have increased exponentially. Today’s executives deal with more channels of information and interruptions than ever before
    • Learn simple, research-proven methods to practice cognitive control so that you’re able to better focus and prioritize for the future
    • Effectively discard those behaviors and activities that potentially run counter to the legacy you’re building


Steven Franconeri - Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Leadership (Courtesy) – Kellogg School of Management

Maryam Kouchaki - Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations

David Schonthal - Clinical & Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Portfolio Director, Business Design – IDEO; Co-Founder and Board Member - MATTER

Fees & Accommodations


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

Wieboldt Hall
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. 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.

Hospitality during the Program

We strive to provide healthy meal choices for our participants for breakfast, lunch and breaks. We typically provide a range of choices, including some vegetarian-friendly and gluten-avoidant selections. We cannot meet all dietary preferences, but we will do our best to accommodate health restrictions, religious restrictions and food allergies.


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

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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.

Learn More

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

2019 Sessions

January 28-29, 2019

Start: January 28 at 8:30 AM

End: January 29 at 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Chicago campus


Scholarships Available

Kellogg School of Management

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