Alliance Executive Leadership Institute

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) is a leadership certificate program for emerging senior leaders in the nonprofit human services industry. It is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and Ross School of Business.

Benefits for Attendees

Individuals who complete the institute develop managerial and leadership skills that position and equip them to meet their organization’s existing and future needs.

Most attendees are:

  • Senior-level managers who aspire to become CEOs within nonprofit human service organizations
  • Senior-level managers who are responsible for budgeting and staff supervision
  • New CEOs who desire specific training to strengthen their management and leadership skills
  • For-profit executives seeking to shift their careers into the nonprofit sector

Participants receive a certificate in nonprofit management upon completion of the two-year program. Attendees also are eligible to earn up to 3.2 continuing education credits per year.

Benefits for Organizations

ELI makes an organization’s succession planning decidedly easier because it is a concrete, affordable opportunity for senior leader training. By offering a visible career path, ELI also further solidifies key employees’ relationships with their organizations, as well as their connections to the human services industry.

Individuals who complete ELI develop their knowledge of sector trends and best practices, which increases an organization’s capacity to meet future growth needs.

Organizations also benefit from the organic networking that takes place among participants. Many ELI alumni remain connected after the institute and can call on one another for ideas, resources, and advice related to their organizations’ challenges and opportunities.

Instructional Methodology

Sixty-four hours of content is delivered over two years during two concentrated sessions. Each session takes place over a four and one-half day period at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.

Curriculum cover:

  • Executive leading with a vision
  • Selling staff on the ideas, beliefs, and results that are critical to organizational success
  • Building a culture of innovation and creativity within the organization
  • Maximizing energy around one’s personal and professional lives
  • Reviewing the organization’s capital situation, its plan for the future, and the best path to achieve long-term goals
  • Attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining extraordinary, diverse talent
  • Co-creating with community
  • Engaging all voices
  • Understanding the role of strategy within the nonprofit human-serving sector
  • Understanding the power of advancing equity
  • Balancing the organization’s mission with its financial realities

The course of study also includes pre-institute reading, a practicum, and individual mentoring. The second year of the program culminates in the presentation of projects completed between the first and second year. These presentations are given before the assembly of participants and faculty.

Direct questions to the Alliance Center on Leadership.

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