ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago) presents the Leadership Institute - Chicago’s premier and most accessible leadership training program for emerging nonprofit leaders. As a cohort, Chicago’s promising nonprofit leaders will come together to challenge each other, collaborate, and build relationships to serve them beyond the program. Participants will have access to experienced nonprofit leaders as mentors and guest speakers. Leadership Institute graduates will leave the program equipped with the skills, self-awareness, and connections necessary to lead the nonprofit sector of the future.
Participants will graduate with the skills to successfully lead teams, oversee projects, and contribute to overall organizational growth.
The curriculum has two distinct focuses:
Understand personal strengths and weaknesses
Build effective communication skills
Develop one’s own leadership style
Assess the needs of your organization for growth and development
Learn best practices of thriving nonprofits
Apply learning to current workplace
The Leadership Institute is a hybrid (30% in person and 70% virtual) 10-month cohort program that runs from January through October and finishes with a capstone project. Features of the program include:
Monthly three-hour sessions with guided peer learning and engaging activities
One optional but encouraged in-person networking events with the cohort
Guest presentations from local nonprofit leaders
Monthly one-on-one meetings with a mentor
Free course materials including textbooks and online access to management and leadership tools
One-year membership to YNPN Chicago
IDEAL PARTICIPANT AND PARTICIPANT EXPECTATIONS
The program is open to all Chicago professionals who currently work in the nonprofit/social sector. This program targets mid-level professionals (5-7 years experience) who currently have responsibilities that include managing people and/or a variety of projects. YNPN Chicago membership is not a requirement to be eligible for Leadership Institute; however, preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate engagement with YNPN Chicago through membership and/or event attendance. If accepted, participants should:
Be able to attend all ten monthly sessions from January - October 2023
Be able to dedicate an hour a month to meeting one-on-one with their assigned mentor
Have the support of their current employer which includes having time off to attend monthly sessions and having the opportunity to apply new skills in the workplace.
Have additional time and energy to complete readings, reflections, and assignments between monthly sessions.
Be willing and prepared to engage in personal reflection and in active, respectful discussions with other cohort members
PROGRAM FEE & DATES
If you are covering the cost individually, see below:
Individual Rate: $400
If finance is a barrier to participating, please continue with your application and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss potential solutions including a discounted rate, monthly payment plans, etc.
If your organization is able to cover the costs of the program, please use the following sliding scale model:
Organizational budget under $2 million: $400
Organizational budget between $2 and 5 million: $525
Organizational budget between $5 and 10 million: $775
Organizational budget over $10 million: $950
2023 cohort meetings will be held on the last Friday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Three sessions will be hosted in-person and seven will be hosted on Zoom. 2023 dates: January 27 (in-person), February 24, March 31, April 28, May 26 (in-person), June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29, October 27 (in-person).
Applications for the 2023 cohort are now open! Before beginning your application, check out the application preview here. Note, you will need to upload a PDF version of your resume as well as a letter of reference provided by either your immediate supervisor or someone who knows you well, professionally or personally.
Applications are open through Friday, December 2nd.
ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FACILITATOR
We are excited to share that Corey Richardson will be facilitating the 2023 Leadership Institute cohort. Corey is Director of Strategic Partnerships of the Golden Apple Foundation, which honors, develops, and trains teachers in Illinois. Golden Apple is an innovator of teacher preparation in the state of Illinois and prepares effective teachers for the 2.3 million students of need in Illinois. Richardson focuses on improving the K-12 partnerships, development, and donor relations. Before joining the foundation, he served as a regional admission counselor for Western Illinois University.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of St. Francis (’09) and a master’s in Leadership Studies in Higher Education from North Central College (’12). Richardson volunteers in the community as the Past Chairman of One Million Degrees Associates Board and is a national member of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network.