ELI boasts a wide variety of faculty from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, as well as academia. The curriculum will not only challenge, but offers a rare opportunity to focus on excellence, impact and systems change.

Randy Dean

President & CEO

Randall Dean Consulting & Training

Randy Dean, the “e-mail sanity expert”® is a professional speaker and expert on time and e-mail management, effective organization, and the related use of technology. For more than 20 years, he has been leading training and speaking programs for major corporate, university, association, and government audiences. Obsessed with time management and personal productivity, he left a successful career as a graduate program admissions director, professional marketer, and manager to become a leading speaker and trainer. The author of the recent Amazon bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, he has led programs for thousands of satisfied and inspired students, managers, and professionals on being more productive with their time and life. His highly informative and entertaining speaking and training programs leave audience members with immediately-usable tools, strategies, and skills on how to better manage their time, technology, and information overload following their program experience.

Jeff DeGraff

Clinical Associate Professor

Ross School of Business

University of Michigan

Jeff DeGraff has an unorthodox approach to life. As professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, his life is full of the twists and turns of an innovator. A true innovator, he has tried things, faced failures and successes, and charted his own course—continually looking at what’s beyond the horizon. Inspired by Walt Disney, he follows the mantra “Keep Moving Forward.”

Having earned his doctorate in just two years, when he was only 25, DeGraff turned down an academic position at a prestigious Ivy League-university only to become the youngest executive at the fastest growing pizza company in the 1980s. He then combined the world of academia with the world of business to emerge as an engaging and highly sought-after professor, speaker, and consultant. His client list reads as a “who’s who” within the world of innovators including General Electric, Coca-Cola, American College of Surgeons, and Google. DeGraff’s creative and direct take on making innovation really happen have made him a world-renowned thought leader and have prompted his clients and colleagues to dub him “The Dean of Innovation.”

DeGraff’s mission is “the democratization of innovation.” He brings innovation to everyone, every day, and everywhere through his books, such as Making Stone Soup; public television program Innovation You, column for Inc. Magazine, and radio program The Next Idea. To learn more, visit Degraff’s website.

Susan Dreyfus

President and CEO

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Susan N. Dreyfus is president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a strategic action network of social sector organizations that has a national reach in thousands of communities across America.

She is dedicated to advancing equity in society through access and opportunity so all people can reach their full potential. She believes in the power of the social sector to be influencers of larger systemic change through its excellence, distinction, innovation, and influence.

Prior to joining the Alliance in 2012, Dreyfus was secretary for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in May 2009 and approved by the senate. She served as a member of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet. She had responsibility for Medicaid, aging and long-term care, child welfare, behavioral health care, juvenile justice, economic assistance, and other human services.

Michael Gordon

Arthur F Thurnau Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

Ross School of Business

University of Michigan

Michael Gordon is the Arthur F Thurnau Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Ross School of Business. He is also the faculty director of the Center for Social Impact. He writes books and papers, teaches, and works with organizations on topics related to social enterprise, microfinance, social finance, and impact investment. n papers and books on these topics.

Undraye Howard

Vice President of the Center on Leadership

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Undraye Howard is a strategic team member of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, serving as the vice president for the Center on Leadership. In his current role, he leads in the coordination of Alliance offerings and collateral related to leadership development. This includes development, implementation, and coordination with network members and key Alliance departments in providing strategy, solutions, and support for the development of leaders in the social sector. Howard was instrumental in developing the Alliance’s current leadership platform model, the rEvolutionary Leadership Model, premised on the development of change leaders driving for system and population level results.

Howard provides strategic leadership and direction related to the Alliance’s equity efforts as defined within its theory of change for network members to include managing the Advancing Equity Alliance Peer Exchange group and co-creating deliverables and resources that lift the efforts of best promises and practices related to equity throughout the network. Howard has been with the Alliance over 10 years serving in various capacities that include director of consultation and leadership services and vice president of intellectual capital.

Additional past career placements for Howard include being the executive director of a small community-based organization, human resource development manager, and trainer for an executive recruitment firm and training manager for a small nonprofit employment agency.

He serves as an adjunct professor for several universities in Milwaukee, teaching courses in youth work, ethics and boundaries, human services skills and techniques, and many communication and leadership courses. Other outside interests include serving as board member for an assisted living facility organization and serving as vice president of the board of directors at his local congregation. In addition, Howard provides training and consultation to community-based organizations. He has a bachelor’s in business and marketing and a master’s in communication with special interest in training and development from the University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee. Howard is also pursuing his terminal degree.

Kerron Norman

Vice President & Chief Program Officer


Kerron Norman is the vice president and chief program officer at ANDRUS. In this role, she provides direction for the implementation of new programs and services to meet the organization’s strategic priorities. She leads the Community-Based Services Division and supports ANDRUS’ external relationships, collaborations, and partnerships. She has played an instrumental role in providing professional development programs to human service organizations.

Norman has extensive experience in child welfare. Prior to joining ANDRUS in 2012, she was the director of child welfare for the Westchester County Department of Social Services, where she oversaw child protection, prevention, and foster care for Yonkers, New York. She also served as deputy director of child protection for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. Norman has a master’s in social work from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in sociology from Binghamton University. She is a recipient of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission’s Diversity Award, which honors individuals who work diligently to promote diversity and equality in the judicial system or in the community.

Richard Sheridan


Menlo Innovations

Richard Sheridan is CEO of Menlo Innovations. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is process, teamwork, and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: The business value of joy. Sheridan’s software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one—Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab.

Inc. Magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards, and so much interest, Menlo is doing a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory™.

Sheridan recently wrote a book called Joy, Inc., which shares all he has learned about the effect of a culture focused on joy.  

Sally Schmall


School Social Work

University of Michigan

As founder of Academy Coaching, Sally Schmall provides customized workshops as well as confidential career and leadership development coaching for nonprofit leaders across the country. Prior to founding Academy Coaching in 2008, she worked at the University of Michigan for over 15 years in roles ranging from organizational consulting to director of the faculty recruitment for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She has been teaching courses in nonprofit leadership and project management at the School of Social Work since 2000.  

John Tropman

Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor of Social Work

School of Social Work

University of Michigan

John Tropman is a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

He teaches nonprofit management courses at the School of Social Work and organizational behavior and human resources management courses at the Ross School of Business. Additionally, Tropman teaches courses in effective decision making and creativity for the university’s Executive Education program.

Tropman also has worked as a consultant for for-profit corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit human service organizations. He specializes in helping organizations with strategic planning, environmental scans, and developing product and service profiles.

He is an extensively published author, having written 40 books and many articles. Most recently, his books include Making Meetings Work (2003), The Total Compensation Solution (2001), Managing Ideas in the Creating Organization (1998), Do Americans Hate the Poor? (1998), and Nonprofit Boards, What to Do and How to Do It (1998). His many books discuss topics including community leadership, how to promote effective groups and group decision making, nonprofit governance, and public policy.

Tropman holds a joint doctorate in social work and sociology from the University of Michigan.  

Ari Weinzweig

Co-Owner and Founding Partner

Zingerman's Community of Businesses

Zingerman's Roadhouse

Ari Weinzweig is co-owner, founding partner, and CEO of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While attending the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, Weinzweig began washing dishes in a local restaurant and soon discovered that he loved the food business. Along with his partner Paul Saginaw, Weinzweig started Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982 with a $20,000 bank loan, a staff of two, a small selection of great-tasting specialty foods, and a relatively short sandwich menu.

Today, Zingerman’s is an Ann Arbor institution—an organization of eight distinct businesses with over 750-person staff; annual sales approaching $55,000,000 a year; and a source of great food and great experiences for over 500,000 visitors every year.

Zingerman’s was instrumental in the founding of Food Gatherers, a perishable food rescue program that delivers over a million pounds of food to people in need.  

Sheryl White

Vice President of Training & Organization Development

General Manager of InnoVisions

Neighborhood House Association

Sheryl White is one of the nation’s leading consulting cultural psychologists and organizational development practitioners. She brings over 25 years of experience in providing leadership, workforce, and organization development consulting, facilitation, training, and coaching services. White specializes in helping leaders develop an organizational culture that is consistent with their desired vision and in developing interpersonal, cultural, and leadership competencies necessary to successfully inspire, influence, and lead strategic and culture transformation initiatives.

White is the vice president of training and organization development and general manager of InnoVisions at the Neighborhood House Association in San Diego. White, a board-certified coach, has served since 1999 as an executive coach and facilitator with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). For the second year in a row, CCL ranks No. 4 overall in the Financial Times worldwide survey of executive education. Since 1999, White has also served as a core adjunct professor at National University. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology, master’s in counseling, and a master’s and doctorate in psychology. White is passionate about and very effective at inspiring honorable leadership and helping people work better—and better together—for the betterment of humanity.  

Lynn Perry Wooten

Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations

Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Cornell University

Lynn Perry Wooten is the J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations for Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Prior to joining Cornell University, she was on the faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business for almost two decades. At the Ross School of Business, she served as the senior associate dean for student and academic excellence and clinical professor of strategy, management and organizations. In this role, Wooten was responsible for developing and implementing transformational educational experiences for students inside and outside of the classroom through curricular initiatives, academic advising, student life activities, leadership development, and career planning.

Wooten’s current research bridges theory and practice and focuses on positive organizing routines, diversity management practices, and crisis leadership, and her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Dynamics. She has written the book Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis with Erika James and co-edited the book Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion with Laura Morgan Roberts and Martin Davidson. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Society of Human Resource Management, and Ford Foundation. Through her applied research projects, she has worked with many companies including Whirlpool, Google, and General Motors. She was also a scholar-in-residence at the Council of Michigan Foundations and partnered with foundations to develop inclusive leadership practices, diversity management systems, and equity policies.

Wooten is an alumna of the University of Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University and her master’s in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Wooten is an active member of national volunteer leadership organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jack & Jill of America, Ann Arbor Junior League, and The Links Inc.