Lead Up Intensive

Take the next step in defining your nonprofit career

Are you looking to explore your leadership style and plan your career trajectory? If you are a “mid-level” nonprofit professional interested in taking on a leadership role and growing your management skills – this intensive is designed with you in mind. Our goal is to prepare you with the tools to lead an organization and to build a network for the next group of diverse nonprofit executives.


Lead Up is designed for those who are in nonprofit management roles or want to lead in an organization but are not yet executive directors. The program includes seven virtual training sessions and two small group check-in calls with a cohort of your peers.


Lead Up will help you explore your leadership trajectory, manage your team, deal with conflict, manage finances, and think “big picture” about your role at your organization (or any future organization you are with, for that matter). You'll also work with a small team to establish professional goals and get support to achieve them.

Exploring Your Leadership Trajectory: In this session we will explore your personal values and how they relate to successful nonprofit leadership. We will focus on leadership theory, goal setting, and ongoing professional development.

Managing Your Team for Success: In this session we will focus on the difference between leadership and management and provide you with some nuts and bolts essentials of employee relations practices, and management and communication techniques.

Small Group Check-in Calls: During these calls we will talk about the importance of getting support from mentors, coaches, and allies, and check in on our professional goals.

Money Management – Understanding the Bigger Financial Picture: In this course we will talk about how to build a program budget for the various programs and projects you manage, as well as give you a better sense of how your work fits into the larger organizational budget.

Developing Effective Strategies for Workplace Conflict: In this course we will focus on ways to approach conflict in the workplace. Whether you are a supervisor that needs to address a missed expectation with an employee, or you’re in need of resolving a dispute with a colleague, this session will provide tools to help you navigate conflict.

Putting Your Leadership to Work: In this course you will identify your biggest workplace challenges and how you might uniquely address them as a leader.


The fee is $800 or $700 for Foraker Partners.  Payment plans are available as needed.


A limited number of tuition discounts are available. Priority will be given to individuals who work at a small or grassroots nonprofit, and individuals who work for a rural organization.


Applications are now closed. The next cohort will take place in fall 2023 (see 2022 dates below for a general time commitment). If you wish to be notified when applications are open, contact us. 


The courses are virtual, using Zoom. Here is the 2022 Schedule for reference, 2023 dates are TBD: 

Name of Course Date/Time Instructor
Exploring Your Personal & Professional Development October 24 & 25, 1:00 pm– 5:00 pm Laurie Wolf
Small group check in #1 October 31 & November 1 -1 hour in length, exact time TBD Laurie Wolf
Managing Your Team for Success November 7 & 8, 1:00 – 5:00 pm Rebecca Savidis
Small group check in # 2 November 14 & 15 – 1 hour in length, exact time TBD Rebecca Savidis
Money Management– Understanding the bigger financial picture November 30, 1:00 – 5:00 pm Chellie Skoog
Developing Effective Strategies for Workplace Conflict  December 1, 1:00 – 5:00 pm Rebecca Savidis
Putting Your Leadership to Work December 2, 1:00 – 5:00 pm Laurie Wolf