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2022 Executive Leadership Institute

Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business 820 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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May 16, 2022 @ 8:00 am May 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT

The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) equips senior-level managers and executives with the knowledge and skills to oversee day-to-day operations and prepare for the future and greater systems change. Transactional meets transformational for this influential experience.

For this upcoming May 2022 session, Social Current will partner with Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business, accessing first-class faculty and specialized expertise, as well as the flexibility to create a program to transform students’ leadership skills. The curriculum will not only challenge, but offers a rare opportunity to focus on excellence, impact, and systems change. Topics of focus for the 2022 institute include:

  • The Future of Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Innovation
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Self-Care

ELI features 70 hours of content delivered during two concentrated sessions in consecutive years. The second half of the program culminates in the presentation of projects completed between the first and second sessions. The presentations are given before the assembly of participants, alumni, and faculty.

We look forward to holding the 2022 Executive Leadership Institute in person at the University of Loyola Chicago.

Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

Loyola offers discounts for several hotels. Note, the Executive Leadership Institute will take place on the Water Tower Campus.

Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business

Who Should Attend

  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Directors


  • Organizations that have engagement packages or are COA Accredited: $4250
  • Other organizations: $5250

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be made in writing. Cancellation requests received by May 2 will be eligible for a full refund. Cancellation requests received after May 2 will not be refunded. Instead, registrants may use the cost of registration as a credit toward future Social Current offerings. Notice of written cancellation must be emailed directly to Social Current.

Each day of the 2022 Executive Leadership Institute will focus on a core topic for social sector leadership. Topics of focus include:

  • The Future of Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Innovation
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Self-Care

Among the 2022 institute’s sessions are:

The Future of Leadership

Presenter: Jody Levison-Johnson, Ph.D., President and CEO, Social Current
The past few years have reminded us that the surrounding environment is never truly predictable. As leaders, we must be able to adapt and respond to a range of constraining conditions. This session will offer participants insight into sector trends and emerging directions as the backdrop for a discussion about research-based strategies for effectively leading during times of constraint. Social Current’s own experience of merging two longstanding sector contributors–The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the Council on Accreditation–will be shared in addition to other organizational examples to illustrate the inevitable twists and turns that leaders must navigate in their quest for impact.

Equipping Leaders for the EDI (Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) Workplace Challenge

Presenter: Sheryl White, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Training and Organization Development, Neighborhood House Association
Today’s workplaces are plagued with complex challenges. Advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is but one of the pressing and multifaceted challenges faced. This session is designed to better equip leaders to answer cries for justice, embrace diversity, and foster inclusion. Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Gain greater clarity of leaders’ roles in advancing EDI in the workplace
  • Explore how compassion and cultural humility can be used to successfully advance EDI efforts
  • Examine frameworks that can help leaders think through and develop strategies for assessing and embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion into the workplace culture

Strategic Partnerships, Mergers and Collaborations


  • Jean Butzen, Mission Plus Strategies
  • Dawn Melchiorre, 360 Youth Service
  • Mike Bertrand, Lutheran Child and Family Services
  • John Lipscomb, Keystone Alliance
  • Greg Peterson, Keystone Alliance

Nonprofits understand the importance of collaborating with other organizations to further their missions. Leveraging limited resources through strategic partnerships makes good sense. But the challenges and fears of actually collaborating, partnering, and/ or merging can prevent further exploration and consideration. Using real case studies, we will examine ways to engage board, staff and other partners to innovate through possible partnerships.

Human-Centered Design Thinking for Staff Retention

Kerron Norman, MSW, Chief Program Officer, Lutheran Social Services of New York
Recruitment and retention of staff is a significant priority for organizations and programs—myriad challenges impact nonprofits’ ability to recruit and retain qualified staff. Salaries and competing programs have further exacerbated the challenge, coupled with the stressors of the pandemic. This workshop will introduce human-centered design, a problem-solving framework; help the participants explore challenges; implement tools to understand processes; and brainstorm solutions for retaining staff. Participants will:

  • Learn critical elements for building a better work environment
  • Learn how to innovate smarter and faster
  • Begin a plan to develop strategies to resolve challenges while maintaining individuals in an identified position

Company Visit – 1871

Founded in 2012, 1871 has become a major hub of Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem and hosts over 400 early-stage companies as well as nationally recognized accelerators, industry-specific incubators, and tech talent schools. Executive Leadership Institute students will tour 1871 with a focus on lessons that nonprofits can learn from 1871 and its members to spur greater innovation and impact.