Introducing the 2016 Leadership Institute

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The Cohort

Introducing YNPN Chicago’s 2016 Leadership Institute participants! This year’s cohort is made up of a diverse group of mid-career nonprofit professionals. They represent agencies that focus on philanthropy, nonprofit development, higher education, art, youth development, economic disparity, volunteerism, and transportation advocacy. The cohort is comprised of talented individuals who we are confident will change the landscape  on Chicago’s nonprofit sector.

Our sixth cohort of emerging leaders will engage in a ten-month, intensive, professional development opportunity. In order to create a powerful and catalyzing experience, this year’s curriculum combines self-reflection, skill-building, and guest lectures from nonprofit leaders with applied learning through case studies and a capstone project. Participants are matched with mentors who will provide one-on-one guidance and support throughout the program. Click here to learn more about our 15 participants.

The Mentors

We are grateful to the 15 philanthropic and nonprofit leaders who have volunteered their time and expertise to serve as mentors for this year’s cohort. This group includes doctors, researchers, consultants, finance and development experts, policy professionals, and community activists. Combined, our mentors have served on over 50 executive boards and advisory committees. To see the biographies of this year’s mentors, click here.

The Facilitators

We are excited to have Dr. Marcia Lipetz, a Senior Consultant at Millenia Consulting and Dan Gould, the Senior Associate Director for Alumni Career and Affinity Programs at the University of Chicago, serve as our facilitators again this year. They bring unique expertise in a wide range of nonprofit issues, including organizational leadership, fundraising, board relations, and higher education. Their combined experience will set the tone for a highly engaging learning environment.

Connecting with the 2016 Cohort

To help you learn more about the 2016 cohort and their mentors, YNPN Chicago will be doing a series of blog posts and hosting a meet and greet at the end of the 2016 Leadership Institute. To make sure you don’t miss out, sign up for our mailing list if you haven’t already!

If you have questions about participating in the 2017 Leadership Institute, send an email to

Our Supporters

 First Nonprofit Foundation and Forefront helped to make the 2016 Leadership Institute possible. We are thankful to both organizations for continuing to partnering with us!