Executive Leadership Initiative

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

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

We believe successful leaders are supported leaders. With the Executive Leadership Initiative (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. 

Apply today!

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 three months 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 kick-off meeting 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 personal and professional goals
  • Ability to make the financial and time commitments to complete the program

HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?

There are two required in-person sessions (kick-off & commencement) which will be held in Anchorage at the Foraker office. Limited travel scholarships are available.

The remaining sessions (small group check-ins, 1-hour meetings with your mentor, and 2-hour topic-specific webinars) will be hosted via webinars and teleconferences.

WHAT IS THE COST FOR ELI?

The fee is $2,500, or $2,000 for Foraker Partners. Travel and accommodations are not included in the cost of tuition. This year we have included registration to the 2019 Leadership Summit in the cost of tuition.  

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is when you are accepted into the program. 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 travel scholarships. Please indicate your interest on your application.

WHEN IS THE NEXT ELI PROGRAM?

Apply today! The application period will run from September to December. The first day of the program is January 30. 

HOW DO I APPLY

If you are interested in applying for the next ELI program, please sumbit an application

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.

2019 Schedule

Session Frequency & Date Location/Platform
Kick-off January 30 - 31: 9am - 4pm 
February 1: 9am - 4pm*
*Board chair attends first day of kick-off
Anchorage
Small group check-ins Monthly; dates TBD by small group Teleconference
Mentor meetings Monthly; dates TBD with mentor Teleconference
Webinars Occur the third Wednesday from 10:00am - 12:00 pm: February 20, March 20, and April 17 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

Commencement

May 1: 9am - 4pm followed by the Leadership Summit on May 2 & 3 Anchorage