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The Leadership Institute is YNPN Chicago’s flagship program for emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector. Within this transformative experience, promising nonprofit leaders from the Chicago area will unite to stimulate mutual growth, foster collaboration, and cultivate enduring relationships that extend well beyond the program's duration. Participants will gain invaluable access to seasoned nonprofit leaders who will serve as mentors and guest speakers. Upon completing the Leadership Institute, graduates will depart with the essential skills, heightened self-awareness, and a robust network of connections that will empower them to lead the nonprofit sector into the future..

Leadership Institute: Text
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Leadership Institute: Programs


Participants will graduate with the skills to successfully lead teams, oversee projects, and contribute to overall organizational growth.

The curriculum has two distinct focuses:

  • Self-reflection

    • Understand personal strengths and weaknesses 

    • Build effective communication skills

    • Develop one’s own leadership style

  • Skill building 

    • Assess the needs of your organization for growth and development

    • Learn best practices of thriving nonprofits 

    • Apply learning to current workplace


Corey Richardson

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.

Leadership Institute: Meet the Team
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