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Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute offers educational modules on critical leadership, management, technical and governance topics and a Nonprofit Management Certificate. The Institute was planned and implemented by a committee of nonprofit executive directors, Fox Valley Technical College, consultants and others active in the nonprofit sector.

It is a year-long series of seminars led by experts in their particular competencies and enhanced with peer-facilitated discussion group for new executive directors or those in the pipeline. The program blends online and in-person learning and focuses on leadership and skill-development topics.

Application deadline was January 15, 2018 for the May 2018 through April 2019 session.


  • Personal Leadership
  • Board Orientation & Leadership
  • Finances & Financial Management
  • Fundraising & Resourcing the Mission
  • Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Ethical & Legal Issues
  • Capstone & Graduation


Watch the videos to learn more about the Leadership Institute from the 2017-18 participants and one of the program creators, Joe Mauthe, Executive Director of the Housing Partnership.

2017 Graduates

Hilary Armstrong
Appleton Boy Choir, Executive Director

Rosangela Berbert
Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Executive Director

Jarrad Bittner
Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Executive Director

Michael Green
COTS, Executive Director

Denise Martinez
Financial & Information Services (FISC), Operations Leader

Jennie Moore
Goodwill Industries, Program Leader-Vocational Support Services

Kelly Nutty
While in the program: Riverview Gardens, Director of Resource Management

Maren Peterson
NAMI Fox Valley, Executive Director

JJ Schauske
Tri County Dental Clinic, Assistant Director

Kristopher Ulrich
While in the program: newVoices, Executive Director

Bee Yang
Hmong American Partnership Fox Valley, Executive Director