Management Fellows

Management Fellows is an advanced professional fellowship program that prepares new generations of non-profit managers to lead their organizations with confidence and knowledge.

The application period for Management Fellows 2016-17 is closed. Check back in Spring 2017 and sign up for updates about the next application cycle.

Candidates must be both experienced and promising, and have served in their current roles long enough to have a command of their responsibilities.  Fellows include non-profit professionals in development and related fields (alumni affairs, public relations) who are managers.  First priority is given to qualified alumni of the DLC Annual Fellows Program. Ten Management Fellows will be admitted to each year's class. Program participants can miss no more than two sessions or risk dismissal from program. 

The program meets for ten sessions, September through June, from 6:00–9:00 p.m., one Thursday per month. Fellows can miss no more than two sessions or risk dismissal from the program. 

Sample session topics: finding the right job; supporting/engaging institutional leaders in development; building, leading and managing a team; institutional strategic planning and its relationship to fundraising; designing and implementing a special campaign; and developing a principal gift program.

Esteemed guest speakers have included: Rebecca Girvin-Argon, Associate State Director for Advancement, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois; LauraJane Hyde, CEO, Gilda's Club Chicago; Rick King, President, Kittleman & Associates; Chuck Lewis, Life Trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Amherst College and Trustee, University of Chicago; and Michael McPherson, President, The Spencer Foundation.

Program Facilitator: Tom Wick, Senior Vice President, Metropolitan YMCA of Chicago, has spent over 25 years in higher education fundraising and alumni relations. Before arriving at the YMCA in 2015, Wick worked at the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College, Macalester College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in positions that ranged from Director of the Annual Fund, Director of Development, Associate Vice President of Development, and Dean of Development and Alumni Relations. In each role, Wick worked closely with trustees, the president, volunteers, and colleagues to raise the resources the institution needed to fulfill its mission more effectively. Tom Wick is the founding facilitator of the Management Fellows Program for the Development Leadership Consortium.

Professional CFRE Certified: The Development Leadership Consortium's Management Fellows Program is an approved Continuing Education provider through CFRE International. Full participation in the Management Fellows Program is applicable for 32 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Cost: The fee of $1,200 for each participant covers all meals and expenses, except transportation. Some scholarships are available.

Application:  Applications for the 2016-17 program will be available in Spring 2017. Questions can be directed to Kristy Conway at kristymconway@yahoo.com or Carrie Casper at ccasper1@iit.edu.