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? Do you want to lead in these times of change? 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 eight 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.

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.

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.

Organizational Challenges & Leadership Styles: In this course you will identify your biggest workplace challenges and how you might uniquely address them as a leader.


The fee is $750 or $650 for Foraker Partners. Full tuition must be paid by the first day of the program. Payment plans are available as needed.


A limited number of tuition scholarships are available. 


Applications are closed. Let us know if you are interested and we will add you to our outreach list. Questions? For more information, contact Kate Rose at krose@forakergroup.org or call 907-743-1200.


The courses are virtual, using Zoom. You can find the full schedule below.

Name of Course Date/Time Instructor
Exploring Your Personal & Professional Development October 19 & 20, 9:00 am– 12:00 pm Laurie Wolf/Monica Garcia-Itchoak
Managing Your Team for Success October 26 & 27, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Rebecca Savidis
Small group check in November 4 – exact time TBD Monica Garcia-Itchoak
Small group check in November 18– exact time TBD Monica Garcia-Itchoak
Developing Effective Strategies for Workplace Conflict November 30, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Rebecca Savidis
Money Management – Understanding the bigger financial picture December 1, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Chellie Skoog
Organizational Challenges & Leadership Styles December 2 & 3, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Laurie Wolf/Monica Garcia-Itchoak