Institute for Transformational Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

The Importance of DCM Associates’ Institute for Transformational Nonprofit Leadership Certificate


This transformational nonprofit leadership executive training program is intended for current CEO/Executive Directors, Executive Leadership team members and those emerging leaders who hope to become a CEO in the future. This program includes seven courses taught by nationally recognized nonprofit leadership executives, coaches, authors, and search consultants virtually over a three-month period in the Fall and Spring.

Each of the seven courses have two components: a one-hour recorded session that you can take at your own convenience from your office, home or mobile app, and a live interactive 90 minute session scheduled by each presenter enabling ample time to address each of the discussed topics discussed and answer any and all questions you may have. Each participant receives a Certificate of Completion.

Registration Price: $975 (registration closes on April 7, 2023)

** This program is limited to the first 25 registrants only **

Session Descriptions and Course Learning Objectives:

Session One: Thursday, April 13th at 1:00pm EST


Instructor: Dennis C. Miller

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the specific transformational leadership competencies required for today’s nonprofit CEOs
  • Develop personal/professional development plan to enhance current leadership performance
  • Become a more effective mentor to those emerging leaders seeking to become tomorrow’s nonprofit chief executives

Session Two: Thursday, April 20th at 1:00pm EST


Instructor: Dr. Yvonne Styles

In today’s global marketplace, the idea of diversity is more than a buzz work. It is now a valued commodity—so valued that when Fortune magazine names the top 100 companies, it includes a designation for minority workers every year. To be successful in the non-profit sector, leaders will need to become expert at managing a dynamic shift in workplace norms and an evolving and diverse workforce. Retention of high performing staff in the great resignation era will rely on the strength of your organizational culture and leadership. This course will explore leadership from a wide lens, understanding how this role is evolving and identifying what transformational leadership entails.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to incorporate the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging into your workforce culture
  • Create an organization-wide plan to learn how to develop transformational leaders within your organization
  • Learn how to create a culture of continuous learning and development

Session Three: Thursday, May 4th at 1:00pm EST


Instructor: Gregory Nielsen

Nonprofit leaders and board members face countless challenges, and strategic planning can sometimes seem like a daunting undertaking. There is hope, and a path to a far more energizing and effective plan. This interactive course takes the fear out of strategic planning and shares with you the value of a systematic, proven approach to strategic planning. Join us as we discuss the value of developing a culture of planning while understanding the components of an effective, inclusive planning process. We will also explore ways to manage the critical inflection point of translating vision into reality by seamlessly moving from planning to implementation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Value of developing a culture of planning to propel mission
  • Components of an effective, inclusive planning process
  • Managing the critical inflection point of transitioning from planning to implementation

Session Four: Thursday, May 18th at 1:00pm EST


Instructor: Dr. Terrance Cahill

While the directive “Think before you speak/act” is most often associated with a child or teen, it surprisingly has its importance for leaders too. Leaders, particularly senior leaders, have significant business and life experiences that they utilize to inform their actions. While this is usually considered advantageous, it can be a problem. Today’s fast changing environment may require new thinking, but the leader’s mindsets were developed from past experiences. Plus, those mindsets can influence a leader’s actions in an automatic-thinking way without the leader’s awareness. This session will explore mindsets that support effective leadership in today’s complex business environment vs mindsets that hinder a leader’s effectiveness.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about our mindsets
  • To identify the mindsets that distinguish the best leaders
  • To identify mindsets that hinder leadership effectiveness
  • To create a self-awareness plan aimed at recognizing our mindsets and developing new ones

Session Five: Thursday, June 1st at 1:00pm EST


Instructor: Dr. Jim McGuirk

Most companies face unexpected shifts that upend their plans and threaten the business’s survival. In the face of accelerating changes, disrupting technologies, industries, and communities, successful organizations pivot, when necessary, focus on their core values, and zero in on the needs of their customers and staff. Mistakes and missteps are inevitable, but successful companies learn quickly from these mistakes and even turn them into sources of strength and power. This course will help you create the culture required to turn failures into learning opportunities and improve competitiveness, organizational health, and the bottom line.

Learning Objectives:

  • Create a company vision that becomes your foundation for future success
  • Learn four tools to create a corporate culture that will serve as a model in your industry
  • Learn five strategies that engage and empower staff, building a learning organization that embraces failures and turns mistakes into growth opportunities
  • Learn four tools that improve efficiency and overall quality of products or service

Session Six: Thursday, June 15th at 1:00pm EST


Instructor: Dennis C. Miller

This presentation, based upon the author’s book, The Power of Strategic Alignment, will provide an inspirational and educational view on how to unlock the leadership potential of chief executives, board members and those who aspire to leadership positions in the nonprofit sector. Though most nonprofit organizations have great causes and dedicated professionals, far too many continue to spend an inordinate amount of time and energy without the results and successes they hoped to achieve. Regardless of their purposeful missions and great causes, many struggle to fully engage their boards and stakeholders and fail to develop the final resources they need to sustain themselves. The concept of Strategic Alignment includes the key steps necessary to go beyond the traditional strategic planning process to achieve long-term success. This innovative concept refers to the process of aligning all stakeholders to be focused and committed to achieving one goal: the organization’s vision.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn a new way to embark on a more effective strategic planning process to build organizational capacity
  • To provide hope, courage and motivation to achieve dramatically better results for your organization
  • To provide a greater sense of purpose and self-confidence to empower you to feel more hopeful and passionate about the work you do
  • Be able to approach your work with a higher level of energy and a positive attitude knowing the best practices of others and how to implement them

Session Seven: Thursday, June 29th at 1:00pm EST


Instructor: Jay Weisman

The tides are shifting when it comes to raising support for nonprofit organizations. Donors and supporters have more options than ever when it comes to how they choose to make an impact. In response, nonprofit leaders must adjust how they build and foster the essential relationships that sustain their mission. Explore how to leverage a supporter’s values and social vision to break through the “You Give, We Get” barrier and inspire your staff and board members to be high impact friendraising Ambassadors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the Ambassador’s role in establishing long-term, mission-sustaining relationships
  • Examine the donor lifecycle and how to work as a team to build and foster those long-term relationships
  • Learn how, with a donor-centric approach, an ask for support becomes an offer to join forces in support of a shared mission

Testimonials from Past Certificate Recipients

I thought many of the topics were crucial for improving in my leadership role. All of these topics are areas that any leader should be mindful of and open to improving on within their respective positions.

I enjoyed all of the sessions and the speakers were phenomenal.

I look forward to using these tools this year as we relook at our mission statement, strategic planning, and fundraising efforts.

I appreciated the excellent responsiveness from all the presenters. And the session topics were relevant and the sessions themselves provided excellent information.

I found the Transformational Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program to be a series of well covered topics that are crucial in the non-profit sector today. The high-level focus on topics such as strategic planning, communication, the four pillars of leadership, and learning from adversity are just a few of the needed skills for emerging leaders in the current challenging times of much transition.

Our non-profit just celebrated 40 years of work in our community. The DCM Leadership Certificate program came at just the right time for me and our organization as we are reimagining and looking forward to what another 40 look like.

Dennis C. Miller