Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago

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Civic Leadership Academy at

the University of Chicago

is an interdisciplinary certificate program for high-potential government and nonprofit professionals

combining academic course work with action skills and a capstone project. The Civic Leadership Academy

aims to enhance the capacity of these leaders to perform effectively in their positions and within their

organizations, thereby strengthening the communities they serve and the city of Chicago as a whole.

Civic Leadership


Apply online by October 10, 2015, at

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The Civic Leadership Academy

The Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary leadership

development program for emerging and high-potential leaders in nonprofit organizations

and local government agencies within the City of Chicago and Cook County. Developed by

the University’s Office of Civic Engagement, in partnership with LISC Chicago and the Civic

Consulting Alliance, the program is designed to develop a

pipeline of talented leaders to

help nonprofits and government agencies thrive.

A Resource for Government

and Nonprofit Institutions

Nonprofit organizations and government institutions in urban areas often tackle difficult social issues with limited resources, including time to invest in developing leaders. Civic Leadership Academy Fellows gain knowledge, confidence, and perspective to be more successful and effective.

Participating organizations benefit from the enhanced leadership skills and insights employees bring back to their institutions.

What Makes the Civic Leadership

Academy Distinctive?

Academic and Project-based Learning

The Civic Leadership Academy is grounded in the leadership develop- ment framework conceived by Chicago Booth Professor Harry Davis and Robin Hogarth.


Interdisciplinary Academic Curriculum

The Civic Leadership Academy brings together faculty from the University’s five professional schools and other institutions to teach with expert practitioners.


Project-Based Learning

Academy Fellows have the opportunity to apply the leadership skills they develop to real world situations through a capstone project and global practicum.


Cross-Sector Network

After completing the program, the Fellows become part of a network for alumni who will continue to collaborate for positive social change in Chicago. University of Chicago Partners

• Office of Civic Engagement • Chicago Harris School of

Public Policy

• School of Social Service Administration

• Chicago Booth School of Business • University of Chicago Law School • Institute of Politics

• Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies

Nonprofit and Government Partners

• LISC Chicago

• Civic Consulting Alliance • City of Chicago


The Setting

Classes are held on the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus and in downtown Chicago.

Program Dates and Fees

January 14–June 18, 2016 The Civic Leadership Academy meets Thursday evenings and all day on Fridays, every other week for six months. The program also includes a week-long global practicum. The full value of the Civic Leadership Academy is more than $25,000 per Fellow. However, with funding from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, and other philanthropic sources, the University is able to offer the program at a cost of $6,000. Financial assistance is available.

Apply by October 10, 2015

The Civic Leadership Academy is currently seeking nominations and applications for the 2016 cohort. The program is designed to benefit high-potential leaders in nonprofit and local government agencies who are eager to grow and advance the missions of their organizations. The Civic Leadership Academy is rigorous and demands a significant investment of time, an eagerness to stretch oneself intellectually, and the ability to examine one’s own leadership behavior. Successful candidates will grow individually, deliver value to their organizations, and work toward having a broad impact on the residents of the city of Chicago.

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“Nonprofits and government agencies

depend highly on their staffs, who

don’t have as many professional devel-

opment opportunities as their private

sector peers. By providing these

up-and-comers with a forum for gaining

new knowledge, insights, and skills,

the Civic Leadership Academy will

help them deepen their impact in the

communities we serve.”

— Cook County Board President

Toni Preckwinkle

“The Civic Leadership Academy

was a life-changing experience for

me. It absolutely reinforced my

leadership development journey.”

— Yesenia Cervantes, Instituto del

Progreso Latino, Director of Center

for Working Families

“The Civic Leadership Academy

experience helped me realize what

it means to be a nonprofit leader

in the city of Chicago.”

— James Rudyk, Jr., Executive Director,

Northwest Side Housing Center


Civic Leadership

Academy Curriculum

Leadership, Strategy and Management

Successfully manage challenging projects, from articulating a vision to getting it done

Data Analytics

Observe, collect and, analyze data Global Practicum

Learn to lead beyond authority, develop cultural intelligence, and gain a global perspective on Chicago’s urban landscape

Strategic Communications

Identify the strategic role of communications for the civic sector; anticipate and manage crisis with strategic communication

Human Capital

Lead and manage people more effectively, manage stressful situations, and negotiate with confidence Strategic Financial Planning

Create and advocate for a budget that aligns to strategy Policy Innovation and Ethics

Understand the role of policy advocacy and ethics in the public sector

For more information, contact: Joanie Friedman

Director of Civic Partnerships, Office of Civic Engagement

The University of Chicago Edward H. Levi Hall, Suite 101

5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 Phone: 773.702.1035


Outstanding Teachers,

Expert Practitioners

Civic Leadership Academy courses are taught by outstanding faculty from five University of Chicago professional schools, as well as expert practitioners from within the nonprofit and government sectors. The Civic Leadership Academy has also featured guest speakers such as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Booth’s Austan Goolsbee, and others from the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.

A sampling of the faculty and practitioners who have taught Civic Leadership Academy courses:

Heather M. Caruso, Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth

Caruso focuses on human behavior in organizations: the dynamics and social psychology of diverse teams; the management of identity, power, and influence in organizations; and strategies for optimal judgment, decision making, and behavior.

Kerwin Charles, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor and Deputy Dean, Chicago Harris

Charles focuses on questions concerning inequality, labor market discrimination, and the economics of the family.

Robert J. Chaskin, Professor and Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Chaskin’s research interests include community organizing and development, associations and nonprofits, and philanthropy and social change.

Harry L. Davis, Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management, Chicago Booth

Davis’s teaching and research interests focus on strategy, leadership, and creativity. As an instructor, he is an advocate of experience-based, or laboratory, education.

Daniel Diermeier, Emmett Dedmon Professor of Public Administration and Dean, Chicago Harris

Diermeier is an internationally recognized scholar in political institutions, formal political theory, and the interaction of business and politics, as well as an expert in crisis and reputation management.

Brian Fabes, Chief Executive Officer, Civic Consulting Alliance

Since joining Civic Consulting Alliance in 2005, Fabes has built a leadership team that has forged city-wide collaborations with more than 300 organizations.


Rayid Ghani, Research Director, Computation Institute, and Senior Fellow, Chicago Harris

Ghani is interested in using data and analytics to address high impact, social good problems in such areas as education, health care, energy, transportation, and public safety.

Linda E. Ginzel, Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology, Chicago Booth

Ginzel specializes in the social psychology of management, executive development, and negotiation skills. Recent interest is focused on what she terms Leadership Capital, the capacity to decide when to manage and when to lead.

Jennifer Mosley, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Mosley’s interests include the strategy and impact of nonprofit advocacy and lobbying, government-nonprofit relations, civic engagement in underrepresented communities, and social justice philanthropy.

Mark N. Templeton, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, University of Chicago Law School

Templeton brings perspectives developed from his work in the private sector, senior-level positions in state and federal government, and nonprofits.

Susana Vasquez, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago

Vasquez works to improve neighborhoods throughout metropolitan Chicago, with loans, grants, and technical assistance. She oversees a staff of 15, program budget of $9 million, and loan portfolio of $14 million.

George Wu, John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth

Wu studies the psychology of individual, managerial, and organizational decision making; decision analysis; and cognitive biases in bargaining and negotiation. Recent research investigates volunteerism, exploring why people initiate and continue service actvities.

CLA Advisory Council


Kerwin Charles, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor and Deputy Dean, Chicago Harris

Derek R. B. Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement, The University of Chicago


Dr. Roslind Blasingame-Buford, President, Link Unlimited Scholars

Robert Chaskin, Professor and Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Tasha Cruzat, Chief of Staff, Office of Cook Cook Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Steve Edwards, Executive Director, Institute of Politics

Brian Fabes, CEO, Civic Consulting Alliance

Joanie Friedman,Director of Civic

Partnerships, Office of Civic Engage-ment, University of Chicago

Robert H. Gertner, Deputy Dean and Joel F. Gemunder Professor, Chicago Booth

Shelley Stern Grach, Director of Civic Engagement, Microsoft Corp. Chicago

Jeff Leslie, Director of Clinical and Experiential Learning, Clinical Professor of Law, Paul J. Tierney Director of the Housing Initiative, and Faculty Director of Curriculum, University of Chicago Law School

Sonya Malunda, Senior Associate Vice President, Officeof Civic Engagement, University of Chicago

Terry Mazany, President and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

Jim McDonough, Executive Director, Alphawood Foundation Chicago

Mark R. Nemec, Dean, University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies

Raul Raymundo, CEO, The Resurrection Project

Jesse Ruiz, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

David Spielfogel, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, City of Chicago

Julia Stasch, President, MacArthur Foundation

Susana Vasquez, Executive Director, LISC Chicago

Eric Weinheimer, CEO, Donors Forum

Kevin Willer, Partner, Chicago Ventures

Kyle T. Williams, Senior Banker, Healthcare, Higher Education, Not-for-Profit

“Collaboration among civic leaders is essential

to advancing new solutions to support a

vibrant, innovative, and dynamic city. The

Civic Leadership Academy at the University

of Chicago is an opportunity for government

and nonprofit leaders to pool their collective

knowledge and advance their leadership

skills while working on projects that will

strengthen communities in Chicago.”

—Mayor Rahm Emanuel



Application Checklist

All application materials are available online at Supervisor nomination

Two letters of recommendation Two capstone project proposals Completed online application

Capstone Project Proposal

Each applicant will describe two potential projects that are relevant to his or her current organization or municipal department, are within the scope of his or her current job function, and can be addressed within three months. These projects should also provide the applicant with an opportunity to acquire new leadership skills.

Candidates should:

• Be full-time employees of a nonprofit organization, the City of Chicago, or Cook County

• Demonstrate a strong track record of leadership, innovation, and high performance

• Have a minimum of five years of work experience in the civic sector

• Be nominated by their supervisors and provide two additional letters of recommendation

Who should apply?

Job titles for nonprofit candidates could include chief executive officer, chief operating officer, executive director, senior administrator, associate director, deputy director, senior program manager, and regional director.

Job titles for government candidates could include deputy commissioner, assistant commissioner, director, budget director, and chief of staff.

Successful Civic Leadership Academy Fellows are intellectually curious, reflective, ambitious and innovative, open and flexible, and committed to positive change.

Civic Leadership


Apply online by

October 10, 2015, at

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