Standing Beside Alaska's Non-Profits

Executive Leadership Initiative



We want you to succeed. We know new executive directors face challenges – and we are creating a safe space where you can find support as you face those challenges. Foraker’s Executive Leadership Initiative is designed for executive directors who have been in their position for less than three years and want to take the next step in leading their organizations and increasing job satisfaction. Participants will enhance their professional skills and, even more important, will become part of a network of peers who support each other to build on their strengths and tackle their challenges of running a successful nonprofit.

This program is aimed at executive directors who have worked hard to learn their jobs and serve their organizations – and may now want additional knowledge, perspective, and support.

At the heart of the initiative is the value that comes from spending time with people who share your experiences – those who also are looking for that “breather” to reflect on their work so far, and to set new goals for themselves and their organizations. Mentors – among the most highly regarded nonprofit leaders in Alaska – will be part of the program and will help with professional and personal work plans and other methods of individual growth. In addition, you will be given priority for time with Foraker staff and consultants; their support and expertise will be “at your fingertips.”

The Executive Leader Initiative complements other Foraker programs you may already have taken – like the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence, executive mentoring, or our classes and facilitations. This unique experience focuses entirely on the new executive, providing the opportunity to explore your chosen career path. 

Applicant Criteria

We will work with you at your own personal level of skill and accomplishment. At the same time, to assure you receive the greatest benefit from your experience, we ask that you:

  • Are interested in working with an experienced mentor while exploring governance, leadership, financial management, or planning
  • Are interested in working with a support network to achieve your personal and professional goals
  • Are willing and able to make the financial and time commitments to complete the program

Program Schedule


Frequency & Date



  February 15:  9am- 4pm &

  February 16:  9am- 4pm*

  *Board chair attends second day of kick-off


 Small group check-ins

 Monthly; dates TBD by small group


 Mentor meetings

 Monthly; dates TBD with mentor



 Every other month: the third Wednesday from   10:00am – 12:00 pm: April 18, June 20, August 15

   Online webinar

 Community classes

 Unlimited access to Foraker's 2 hour community   classes. See   list of offerings on the Foraker   calendar.

 In – person/online webinar


 August 27: 9am- 4pm



Fee for the program is $1,500 for Foraker Partners, or $2,000 for all other participants. Tuition does not include travel. If travel costs are a barrier for you, please let us know.  We have a limited number of travel scholarships available.

The next cohort will be offered in February 2019. Questions? Contact Monica Garcia-Itchoak at (907) 743-1207.


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2018 ELI Application

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