Executive Leadership Intensive

Mentoring and community for executive directors in their first three years of leadership.

We believe successful leaders are supported leaders. With the Executive Leadership Intensive (ELI) you'll find a safe space where you can find tools and resources to help you grow into your role as executive director. During your ELI experience, you will strengthen your board relationship, explore management and planning strategies with an experienced mentor, and learn from a network of peers. 

WHY JOIN ELI?

Community: You will meet fellow executive directors who are committed to creating a supportive environment as you all focus on organizational culture, your board relationship, and the day-to-day operations of running a successful nonprofit.

Board Support: Your relationship with the board is critical to a successful mission and your own success as an executive director. This program is designed to engage your board through your board chair.

One-on-One Mentor: You will receive personalized mentoring from a seasoned nonprofit leader.

Online Courses: In addition to guided discussions, you will also receive unlimited access to Foraker’s 2-hour online community classes. (See what’s coming up.)

WHO IS ELI FOR?

ELI is designed for executive directors who have been in their current position for up to three years and want to take the next step in leading their organizations and increasing job performance. Strong applicants will have a wide array of experiences in and out of the nonprofit sector, in addition to:

  • Commitment from a board member (preferably the board chair) to participate in a full day kick-off and support you and the whole board in this new relationship
  • Interest in working with an experienced mentor
  • Interest in engaging with a peer network to achieve your professional goals
  • Ability to make the financial and time commitments to complete the program

HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?

The program will start in January with a two day kick-off and end in May with commencement. You will meet several times per month (once with the full cohort, once with your small group, once with your mentor, and once for a webinar) throughout the five-month program. 

WHAT IS THE COST FOR ELI?

The fee is $2,500, or $2,000 for Foraker Partners.  

Full tuition must be paid by the first day of the program. Payment plans are available as needed. 

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

We have a limited number of tuition scholarships. Please indicate your interest on your application.

WHEN IS THE NEXT ELI PROGRAM?

The next cohort will begin in January 2022. See the schedule below for an idea of what to expect. 

HOW DO I APPLY

Let us know if you are interested and we will add you to our outreach list. 

Space is limited. Our goal is to select a cohort of leaders that represent the diversity of missions and geography in our state’s nonprofit sector.

2021 Virtual Schedule

Session Frequency & Date
Kick-off

January 20* from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

January 21 & 22: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

*Board chair attends first day of kick-off

Full group check-ins January 27, February 24, March 31, and April 28 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Small group check-ins Monthly; dates TBD by small group
Mentor meetings Monthly; dates TBD with mentor
Webinars Occur the third Wednesday from 10:00am - 12:00 pm: February 17 (HR), March 17 (Fund Development), April 21 (Communication), May 19 (Advocating for Your Mission)
Community classes Unlimited access to Foraker's 2-hour community classes. See list of offerings on the Foraker calendar.

Commencement

May 26: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm