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Managing for success focus of spring Leadership Certificate Program for area nonprofits

Wednesday, February 06, 2013  
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For Immediate Release – 2/6/13
Contact - Karen Ream, 815-394-4384

Rockford, Ill. - Rockford College’s Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) is hosting a Leadership Certificate Program this spring focused on enhancing management skills for nonprofit organizations. All classes take place on the Rockford College campus located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

The Leadership Certificate is presented in three separate sections.

OPERATIONS: Managing your most valuable asset
Operations will discuss the importance of acknowledging staff as more than just "worker bees” and defining the difference between manager and leader. Both are key acknowledgments in developing positive employee relations. An organization must also be able to attract and retain qualified staff. Participants will walk through the recruitment process with focus on creating accurate job descriptions, interview questions which uncover applicant competencies and behaviors, understanding the value of using personality assessments, reference checks and determining when credit/background checks or drug/alcohol screenings should be used.
Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30–4 p.m.

ADVANCEMENT: Informing and persuading key constituencies
A pro-active marketing approach strengthens your organization’s ability to engage donors, clients, media, volunteers, policy-makers and funders. This course will introduce skills and concepts that can help nonprofit leaders effectively manage their organization’s messages and programs in order to actively support both long term development and friend-raising.
Thursdays, March 7, 14, 15, 21, 28; 1:30–4 p.m.

LEADERSHIP: Nonprofit governance and executive leadership
Competent, ethical leadership determines the long-term success of nonprofit organizations. This course helps nonprofit executives evaluate and understand their leadership strengths, challenges and overall leadership capabilities and discusses various leadership principles including: Jim Collin’s, "Good to Great” and Peter Senge’s, "The Fifth Discipline”. The class includes leadership styles, the roles of communication, trust in the leadership equation, ethical leadership behavior and governance principles that power exceptional boards. Each participant will complete an assessment of leadership in their organization and a personal leadership development plan.
Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, & 25; 1:30–4 p.m.

For more information regarding these courses or other NICNE courses offered, please contact Karen Ream, Program and Membership Coordinator at 815-394-4384, or You may also visit the website at


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