Sunday May 5

7 Cs Theory of Leadership and Myers Briggs Interpretation

This session will cover four key elements:

  • The first is the 7C approach to conceptualizing executive leadership
  • The second the competencies developed by the Network of Social Work Managers
  • The third is the Executive Leadership Mix, a double helix in which the tensions between leadership and management are considered; these two perspectives will provide a prism through which others can integrate the entire curriculum
  • The fourth is “Characteristics,” the initial C in the 7C approach, and the Myers Brigs Essay Instrument

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Instructor: John Tropman, Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work

The Coach Approach to Managing within Human Services

Employee engagement is one of the toughest issues facing today’s nonprofit human services world, as we often struggle to maintain the talent and knowledge base necessary for delivering high-quality services. During this session, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the “Coach Approach to Managing” to empower employees and create an environment of open communication and collaboration. Participants will practice the skills necessary to be an effective coach and leave prepared to apply the behavioral model immediately within your organization to create the climate and build relationships for successful coaching with employees.

Instructor: Sally Schmall, founder, Academy Coaching

Action-Based Learning

This session will introduce action-based learning and the projects students must complete between the first and second years of the Executive Leadership Institute. The purpose of these projects is for students to apply the concepts, tools, and examples from institute within their organizations. The four goals of this action-based learning experience are:

  • The application and integration of theory by learning
  • The development of critical thinking skills
  • The development of project management skills
  • Enhanced communication skills

Instructor: Undraye Howard, senior director of equity, diversity, inclusion and engagement, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Monday, May 6

Journaling for Leaders

Journaling can be a tool for both stress management and self-exploration, as well as a place to reflect on our experiences, which serves to reinforce key lessons learned. A journal is not a diary or mere log of activities; it is a place where one writes to think through ideas that, initially, are unclear, whose meaning isn’t immediately apparent.

  • Learn why journaling is beneficial
  • Identify role models for journaling
  • Learn journal writing techniques
  • Learn the art of journaling by practicing

Instructor: Undraye Howard, senior director of equity, diversity, inclusion and engagement, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

Socrates said that an unexamined life isn’t worth living. Aristotle went further to say that a purposeless life isn’t even worth examining. Vic Strecher will reconsider directions taken in health and wellness and discusses new strategies for improving health, well-being, and resilience. This presentation examines ancient philosophy along with the latest scientific knowledge for living a more fully engaged life.

Instructor: Victor Strecher, professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health

The Hunt for Financial Security

As organizational leaders, we are all too familiar with the constant search for financial security. This session will explore the various ways the very nature of the nonprofit sector reinforces this instability. More importantly though, the session will explore some of the things nonprofit leaders can do to stabilize our financial footing. This session will be shaped, in part, by a preconference survey that will assess the most pressing needs of attendees. Topics may include, the search for sustainable funding, building financial literacy throughout the organization, the role of reserve funds, and advocating for full cost funding. 

Instructor: Barbara Hiltz, clinical assistant professor of social work, University of Michigan

Leadership on Purpose

How do leaders maintain their sense of purpose in their organizations as they face paradoxes like total technological interconnectedness during a crisis of social disengagement or rising philanthropy during the largest wealth gap in modern history? In this workshop, we will explore how leaders can inspire change in increasingly challenging contexts.

Instructor: Katie Doyle, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of MI

Tuesday May 7

Visioning for Leaders

What impels a corner delicatessen with less than 10 employees to grow into a community of 10 businesses with over 700 employees and almost 65 million dollars in revenue? What keeps that business consistently in the national press for its food, customer service, and radical business practices?

If you asked Ari Weinzweig, CEO of the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses in Ann Arbor, he would tell you that it’s many things and that number one amongst those things is having an inspiring and strategically sound vision. At Zingerman’s they teach visioning to every level of their organization and use it to define success for events and projects big and small—from opening a new business to planning an event to getting a new printer for the office!

In his presentation, learn why visioning is key, how they define Visioning at Zingerman’s, and how they use it to get to greatness. You’ll leave with a “recipe” for writing your own vision and itching to define your version of greatness!

Instructor: Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner, Zingerman's Community of Businesses

Poverty Solutions

The University of Michigan has a proud tradition of groundbreaking research and teaching on poverty and inequality, and a growing network of top experts in the field. University researchers have made pivotal contributions to knowledge and policymaking in the field of poverty dating back to the 1950s.

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan takes this legacy to the next level by informing and testing innovative solutions for the prevention and alleviation of poverty. Poverty Solutions seeks to leverage the immense intellectual assets and academic scope of the university to make a major impact on the lives of millions of Americans. Key factors that make this initiative unique among university-led poverty efforts include:

  • Action-based research focused 
  • A real-world agenda 
  • A highly interdisciplinary approach 
  • Mutually respectful, dynamic, solution-focused partnerships 

Instructor: H. Luke Shaefer, Director, Poverty Solutions

The Children’s Center Study Tour

Join Debora Matthews, President & CEO of the Children’s Center in Detroit MI along with other team members, community stakeholders and constituents as we explore how this organization meets their mission of helping children and families shape their own futures. ELI students will be treated to a tour of Children’s Center programs and services, where you can get an in-depth understanding on how mission meets the need of community. Then you will be invited to have an up close and engaged discussion around leadership and what It really takes to meet and handle adaptive challenges within the sector in order to survive and thrive. 

Instructor: Debora Matthews, President & CEO, Children's Center 

Wednesday May 8

Technology Essentials for Human Services Leaders

This session provides nonprofit leader’s the context and information they need to make better strategic decisions about technology. Leadership is crucial to the successful use of technology in nonprofits. We’ll discuss how to be a confident, thoughtful, and skillful leader around technology. We’ll review strategies for creating appropriate technology solutions that have potential to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase capacity. 

Session outline:

  • Nonprofit Technology Overview
  • IT and Database Basics
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Online Presence: Websites and Email
  • Online Presence: Social Media and Mobile
  • Measuring Success

Students will leave with a better understanding of:

  • Essential elements of nonprofit technology 
  • The primary functions and characteristics of effective technology use
  • The importance of planning 
  • Excellent practices in IT, data management, and online presence

Instructor: John Kenyon, nonprofit technology educator and strategist, John Kenyon Consulting

Shifting Power through Diversity & Inclusion

Differences in race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation are often used to reinforce power imbalances. As a senior-level corporate executive, Deanna Singh, a woman of color with a doctorate in law and master’s in business administration, was told that in order for her work to be taken seriously, she needed to “bring a white man with her” to her presentations. She was appalled and shocked by this infuriating statement, but surprisingly she was also grateful for the honesty. Ultimately, she decided to flip that statement on its head and turn it into the title of her forthcoming book, Bring Your White Man with You. Singh will provide students, those impacted by these power imbalances and their allies, with tools to disrupt the cultural norms that make these “bring your white man with you” sentiments so commonplace and to help create the change that we all need to thrive.

Instructor: Deanna Singh, chief change agent

What kind of wine goes with Cheerios?

Lessons learned about leading the larger, complex organization.

There are hundreds of books on leadership, thousands of pages of advice and guidance for becoming a leader, leading change, being strategic and managing people. But what does all of this mean when you are charged with leading a large, complex organization?

When non-profit leaders move from program leadership within an organization, or from leading a smaller organization to leading a larger, more complex organization, their understanding of the role of the leader must change in order to do the job effectively.

As the leader of a large organization, you are responsible for developing the strategy and vision for the organization, for making the most critical decisions facing the organization, yet in actuality, you cannot make most of the decisions that are required to support the strategy and vision, or even review them. So, how do you then lead successfully?

Through a series of case studies and maxims of lessons learned from experienced leaders, students will consider the differences between leading an organization in which they can exercise daily control, to leading one that is complex, which involves multiple constituencies, several geographic locations and thousands of employees. 

Instructor: Terri Gilbert, Program Manager & Adjunct Lecturer, University of MI

What is New in Program Evaluation and Performance Management

This session will focus on current trends and innovations in program evaluation and performance measurement, including the ways in which philanthropic entities and other funders require evaluation to establish efficiency, effectiveness, and longer term program impact. Are logic models on the way out? Are stories of impact and other qualitative collection methods trending in? How do we make sure we are measuring what matters? Collective impact and community-level dashboards will be shared along with a few new evaluation capacity building on-line resources.

Instructor: Sue Ann Savas, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of MI

Thursday May 9

Empowering Nonprofits: More Mission and More Margin

This workshop will provide an overview on the principles and practices to create and sustain a social enterprising nonprofit organization. Topics will include: 

  • Critically Evaluating Mission
  • Developing an Entrepreneurial Organization 
  • Utilizing Corporate Culture to Challenge Perceived Realities
  • Leveraging Assets 
  • Strategically Positioning for Success
  • Understanding and Using Marketing Techniques
  • Emboldened Executive and Board Leadership
  • Ensuring Principled Effectiveness and Efficiency 

Participants will be challenged to assess their organization status, development and future in relation to the new realities faced by nonprofits.

Instructor: Dom Betro, lecturer, various universities

Nonprofit Board Governance: A Design for Quality

In this session, Thomas Harvey will prioritize the fundamental purpose of a nonprofit board, namely its commitment to mission. He will argue that like any organized enterprise, a nonprofit board’s success will depend on a combination of commitment to mission and to a process for good group decision making. Harvey will share some proven ideas about how boards can draw upon group theory and good business practices to maximize effectiveness.  Prior to the session, Harvey will survey all participants in the program on issues facing their individual boards.  Specific information will be kept confidential, but the material will be summarized into a generalized agenda item to increase the practical value of the session.

Instructor: Tom Harvey, director of the Nonprofit Excellence Program, University of Notre Dame 

Beyond Top Down - participative decision-making for stronger engagement and better results

Our dominant organizational decision-making models are flawed, causing 'deciders' to experience chronic decision-fatigue, and everyone else (those impacted by decisions) to feel to feel left out, disengaged, and perhaps even actively resistant. The models we use -- whether Majority Rules or Because I Said So -- also leave good ideas, useful critiques, and important divergent perspectives 'on the table,' often resulting in myopic decisions and weakened outcomes. This session will explore a variety of alternative decision-making models that invite and elevate the expertise and engagement of those voices often left out of top-down decision-making processes (who often happen to be those most impacted).

Instructor: Kimberli Cumming, Managing Director of MBA Program, Ross School of Business, University of MI