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2023 Executive Leadership Institute

Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business 820 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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May 15, 2023 @ 8:00 am May 19, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT

The deadline to register is April 30.

The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), offered in partnership with Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business, 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.

ELI assembles a wide variety of faculty from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, as well as academia. Social Current’s partnership with Quinlan means access to 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.

ELI features 70 hours of content delivered over 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 and faculty.

Monday, May 15

Morning Participants arrive in Chicago
1:00 p.m. Welcome
1:30 p.m. What Do We Know and Where Should We Go? Emerging Trends and Directions for the Social Sector.

Jody Levison-Johnson, PhD, LCSW – President & CEO, Social Current

Social sector leaders work in a constantly and rapidly changing environment. As a result, having an understanding of the trends impacting the sector and potential pathways organizations can take is a key leadership responsibility. In this session, participants will hear about key themes that are emerging in our field, some of Social Current’s activities to support organizations in addressing them, and have the opportunity to dive deeper in small group discussion about strategies for organizations and Social Current to explore to best position the sector to thrive.

3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. ELI World Table Presentations
Evening Networking Dinner






Tuesday, May 16

8:30 a.m. Leadership in a Post-Pandemic, Post-Everything World Part One

Katie Alexander, Assistant Professor of Management at Quinlan School of Business Loyola University Chicago

How should nonprofit leaders lead in these times? What do leadership examples and traits from other sectors teach us about how we should lead our organizations? In this session, we will explore how we can be more effective leaders in and outside of our organizations, anticipating and taking advantage of trends, opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing and uncertain environment.

 1:00 p.m. Study Tour: Gary Comer Center
Where Innovation Meets Mission
The Gary Comer Youth Center is an innovative example of community commitment. Recognized as one of the nation’s most unique youth-serving organizations, GCYC is proud of the creative pathways provided via academic success, enrichment, and college and career preparation.
3:30 p.m. Leadership in a Post-Pandemic, Post-Everything World Part Two

Katie Alexander, Assistant Professor of Management at Quinlan School of Business Loyola University Chicago

How should nonprofit leaders lead in these times? What do leadership examples and traits from other sectors teach us about how we should lead our organizations? In this session, we will explore how we can be more effective leaders in and outside of our organizations, anticipating and taking advantage of trends, opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing and uncertain environment.


Wednesday, May 17

8:30 a.m. Financial Modeling and Analysis

Charles Montorio-Archer, PhD., Esq., MPA, President & CEO, One Hope United
Damon Cates, Ed.D, Chief Advancement Officer, One Hope United

In these times of scarce resources and increased demand for our services, financial sustainability is not just the focus of the finance and fundraising teams of a nonprofit.  Rather, increasingly, program and other staff need to also consider finances in their work.   What are some of the key metrics that should be considered for a department’s and organization’s financial health?  How do we develop and manage reasonable, yet ambitious, budgets to grow our mission?  This session will answer these questions and more.

1:00 p.m. Strategic Planning is Dead. Long Live the Strategic Plan

Eric Weinheimer, Loyola Lead Faculty

Strategic planning is a key tool for any organization that wants to grow and succeed.  But increasingly, organizations are questioning the value of 3- or 5-year strategic plans, given the fast pace of change and innovation.  How can we plan given such uncertainty?  How do we stay nimble and entrepreneurial, and yet ensure that everyone understands our strategic priorities and goals?

3:30 p.m. Caring for Your Most Precious Asset

Loyola University

Remote work. Mental health days. Self-care.  Competitive wages.  Flexible hours.  A vibrant work culture. What is the right mix of benefits and supports for your staff so that they feel empowered to do their difficult work?   We will explore the cutting-edge ways that we can nurture our teams to higher levels of job satisfaction in this competitive labor market, ultimately leading to better care for our clients.


Thursday, May 18

8:30 a.m. How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board

Dennis C. Miller, Founder & Chairman, DCM Associates Inc.

Most nonprofit organizations have great causes and powerful missions that are being advanced through the efforts of dedicated professionals, board members, donors and volunteers. Everyone has high hopes and dreams for their organization and is very proud to be associated with it. Yet far too many still struggle to achieve the level of excellence their mission requires. One of the key responsibilities of every nonprofit CEO and Board Chair is to engage and motivate their board and leadership team to be passionate about serving their mission and achieving their strategic vision.

The following are the key discussion topics for this course:

  • The Characteristics of and obstacles to becoming a high performing nonprofit board
  • How to become a high performing nonprofit board chair
  • The boards’ relationship with the CEO
  • The board’s role in achieving the organization’s strategic plan
  • The board’s role in creating a culture of philanthropy
  • Board committee structure and performance evaluation
1:00 p.m. Public Policy for Sector Leaders

Blair Abelle-Kiser Ph.D. She/Her, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Social Current

The need for human services nonprofits often is the result of unjust and inequitable laws and systems that have marginalized communities for decades. Substantial progress in rectify those inequities will only come through legislation and policies. This session will discuss and explain the value that public policy advocacy can provide to human service nonprofits in furthering their mission. Concrete action steps will be suggested to help nonprofits advocate for their causes in thoughtful and effective ways.


Friday, May 19

9 a.m.-Noon Final Wrap Up and Connecting the Dots for the Future

Eric Weinheimer & Undraye Howard

Afternoon Departures

Eric Weinheimer
Senior Vice President and Philanthropic Strategist, Bank of America

Eric Weinheimer is a senior vice president and philanthropic strategist for the National Consulting and Advisory Practice at Bank of America Private Bank, based in Chicago. In this role, Eric delivers customized consulting and advisory services to nonprofit clients’ boards of directors and senior leaders. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, board governance, revenue diversification, and social enterprise. He also has extensive experience in working with high-net worth individuals and families in identifying and achieving their philanthropic goals.

Previously, Eric served as president and CEO of Forefront, a regional association of grantmakers, nonprofits, advisors, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors. He was also president and CEO of The Cara Program, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive training, job placement, and support services to individuals who are homeless and experiencing poverty. During Eric’s tenure, The Cara Program founded and established three social enterprises, including Cleanslate Chicago. He has also served as interim CEO for nonprofits that have experienced significant internal challenges and crises.

Eric earned a bachelor’s from Boston College and a master’s in business administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service. Eric serves on the advisory board for Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Leadership Council for the Baumhart Center at Loyola University Chicago. He also serves on the boards of directors for Growing Community Media, the Network for Young Adult Success, and the Economic Club of Chicago.

We look forward to holding the 2023 Executive Leadership Institute in person at the University of Loyola Chicago.


The Drake Hotel (Special Discounted Rate Available. Select hotel to book.)
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
160 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Hotel Felix (Special Discounted Rate Available. Select hotel to book.)
111 W. Huron St
Chicago IL, 60654

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
20 E Chestnut St,
Chicago, IL 60611

Talbott Hotel
20 E Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611


Quinlan School of Business
Loyola University Chicago
Water Tower Campus
111 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611

Note: The Executive Leadership Institute will take place on the Water Tower Campus.

Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus

Who Should Attend

  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Directors


  • Organizations that have engagement packages or are COA accredited: $4750
  • Other organizations: $5750

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be made in writing. Cancellation requests received by May 1 will be eligible for a full refund. Cancellation requests received after May 1 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. 

Registration Form

Please complete and submit the registration form below by April 30th and someone will follow up to finalize your registration.