Executive Curriculum for Emerging Leaders (EXCEL) is an initiative by Talbert House’s Institute of Training and Development to develop, train and nurture local nonprofit leaders.
For Class VII (2012-2013)
Why is leadership training important for nonprofits?
Traditionally, the nonprofit sector has not focused on training the next generation of key executive-level positions, and reviews of recent literature indicate an aging workforce will impact nonprofits.
What makes this program different?
Many local corporations are supporting EXCEL by providing executive facilitators. This unique partnership with the business community provides the class with a great opportunity to learn what works in the business sector, while customizing each session with the specific needs of non-profits.
Corporate executives from the following companies have participated as faculty: Definity Partners,
Fifth Third Bank,
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation,
The Midland Company, Procter & Gamble,
United Way of Greater Cincinnati and
Community leaders also are invited to speak during lunch sessions on their views on leadership. Past lunch speakers include:
Dave Phillips, Founder, Cincinnati Works
Sharon Mitchell, Senior Vice President R&D, Procter & Gamble Co.
Dr. Karen Bankston, Senior Vice President, The Drake Center
Roxanne Qualls, Cincinnati Vice Mayor
Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, Vice President of Museums, Cincinnati Museum Center
Kathy Merchant, President/CEO the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Rev. Michael Graham, President, Xavier University
John Hayden, CEO of The Midland Company
Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director/CEO Cincinnati Ballet
What do the sessions include?
EXCEL has been designed to include the following five elements:
I. Classroom Modules
The classroom curriculum was designed based on feedback from several focus groups that provided input on the leadership skills and competencies most needed by senior managers. The group will meet for 12 full days over a nine month period. Click here for Class VII's full curriculum (PDF). Please note: Faculty is subject to change.
II. Individually Designed Development Plan
The program will begin with validated assessments on each participant which will serve two purposes (i) it will create a benchmark for evaluating the impact of the program and (ii) the participant and his/her mentor will use the results to design an individual development plan; setting individual goals.
III. Formal Coaching/Mentoring
The participant will be assigned a mentor. The mentor will receive mentor training and will meet with the participant on a regular basis to work on the individual development plan and other issues as they arise.
IV. Project Learning
At the end of the nine months of classroom training, a project will assigned to small groups of participants. The projects will be designed by the organization that sent the participant with a focus on solving a substantive issue or looking at a new opportunity. Each project will be designed to enable the participants to use the skills and knowledge learned from the mentoring process and classroom modules.
In order to encourage continued application of learning and continued use of resources, an alumni group will be created that will meet on a bi-monthly basis.
Who is eligible to attend?
A successful applicant will be high potential management member with minimum experience equivalent to bachelor degree and five years experience in management of significant area of his or her organization’s business, including personnel, budget, policy and procedure, and program integrity.
An applicant must be nominated by an executive of the applicant’s organization, have the full support of his or her employer, and be provided with a mentor from the applicant’s own organization.
What are the session dates for EXCEL Class VII (2012-2013)?
The following are the scheduled dates for EXCEL. These dates are subject to change.
September 6, 2012 (opening lunch)
September 28 & 29
January 10, 2013
What is the cost of the program?
The total cost is $2,450. Due to the generosity of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and other sponsors, the cost is $1,450 for the year-long program.
What organizations are sponsoring EXCEL?
Thanks to the sponsors of EXCEL: United Way of Greater Cincinnati,
Daniel & Susan Pfau Foundation,
National City Bank,
Greater Cincinnati Foundation and
What is the application deadline for EXCEL?
The deadline for applications for Class VII (2012-2013) is no later than July 11, 2012. All application materials, including references, must be received by this date.
Who do I contact with questions?
Questions about EXCEL can be directed to Marva Duvall, The Institute of Training and Development at Talbert House, (513) 751-7747 or at email@example.com.