2019 Civic Leadership Academy
2019 Civic Leadership Academy Workshops & Webinars
For onsite CLA workshops, check-in time is 8:30 am, for full-day and morning workshops and 12:30 pm, for afternoon workshops. Refreshments will be provided.
Leadership Lessons: Trying Times Demand Sound Leadership
June 11, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; NIU-Naperville
* This is one of two core workshops required to earn a CLA ‘Certificate of Achievement’
Presented by Greg Kuhn, Assistant Director of Public Management and Training, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.
Description: This workshop is an active exploration of the art and science of leadership. Participants will study various leadership styles as well as the broad spectrum of tools, techniques, and theories available for leading an organization. The workshop is interactive and uses video, written case studies, simulations, and discussion to explore current concepts, authors, and developments in leadership theory and practice. Participants will leave the session energized and with new insights on how they act and serve as leaders. Administrative leaders, elected officials, volunteer Board members, and supervisors will all benefit from this course.
Executive Director 101 - Nuts & Bolts
June 20, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Giving DuPage
Presented by Associate Professor Alicia Schatteman, PhD, with joint appointments to the NIU Department of Public Administration and the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.
Description: This workshop will cover the basics of running a nonprofit organization from mission to roles of the Executive Director, board, staff and volunteers, to best practices in nonprofit strategic leadership and management. In this interactive session, the presenter will lead you in an exploration of “best practices” and case studies in the Nonprofit Executive Director’s role and expectations of performance by key stakeholders. Whether you have been promoted internally to the top staff position or you are switching sectors to manage your first nonprofit, this is the workshop for you. For practiced professionals this workshop is a great way to refresh and update your skills in compliance with current best practices.
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Budgeting and Understanding Financial Statements
June 24, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Giving DuPage
Presented by Timothy J. Gavin, CPA, Senior Audit Manager, John Kasperek, Co., Inc. and Betsy Hull, CPA, MPA, Finance Director, DeKalb County Community Foundation (bio). Refer to the 2018-2019 CLA Brochure (PDF) for Objectives, Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks, and ICMA Practice Areas.
Description: Financial statements can be confusing and hard to read, and yet they provide some of the most valuable information in assessing the financial health of an organization. With so much information that is presented, it can be hard to separate what matters to you from what doesn’t. This session will demonstrate how to interpret the numbers and notes in a standard financial report and show how to best use the information to understand an organization. Whether you’re a manager, board member, or other stakeholder, making sense of a financial report is key in making informed decisions. Non-profit budgeting is essential to the success of an organization. This session will focus on why, when and how nonprofits should approach the budgeting process and expected outcomes. We will examine budget documents from sample organizations and practice building and evaluating our own budgets. We encourage attendees to bring their organization’s budget to the session as a frame of reference.