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This management and leadership certificate provides the opportunity for non-profit professionals to learn the skills, experience and network needed to step into leadership positions of complex, dynamic organizations.

Taught by subject matter practitioners from Argosy University, Twin Cities' Graduate School of Business and Management, participants can gain an understanding of what it takes to run a non-profit organization for sustainability and longevity. At the same time, they can build their leadership capacity and learn how to do the same in others.

Classes Friday and Saturday, every other weekend for 11 weeks, February 16 thru April 28, 2018.


Class Schedule

SESSION I - February 16-17, 2018

Friday, 11:30-5:00 - George Dierberger

11:30 - 1:30 - Introductions & Course Orientation

2:00 - 5:00 - Foundations of Non-Profit Management and Introduction to Business - This session will explore the fundamentals of successful management techniques. We will also discuss the differences between management and leadership and how it can influence a non-profit organization. We will explore management concepts related to creating a positive work environment and what you can do as a manager to create a culture of participation and innovation. The theory of management will be explored with a quiz at the end of the session.

5:30 - 7:00 - Dinner. Speaker MN Sen. Jim Abeler - "The Importance and Impact of Leadership in Non-Profits"

Saturday, 9:00 - 2:30 - David Teschler

Leadership Firehose 1 - Why is leadership thought of as a skill, a birthright, an art and a mystery? We break this down and introduce you to some of the best ways to unlock your leadership strengths and potential. You will complete several of the top leadership assessment instruments that will be explained in this session. Find out what personality, motivation, values and preferences have to do with leadership. Students will already have taken the Hogan assessments. Class Ending Assignment

SESSION II - March 2-3, 2018

Friday, 11:30-5:00 - Amanda Cvetich Gorra

Measuring for Successful Change - We cannot improve what we cannot measure. Key performance indicators should be chosen to provide useful and actionable data. Performance/quality improvement initiatives use data to tell a story, see trends and recommend improvements. Then, managers use the 8 steps of successful change management to improve the chances of changing organizational behavior and closing gaps on goal/task accomplishment. Class ending quiz

Saturday, 9:00 - 2:30 - George Dierberger

Leadership Firehose II - This session continues where we left off last week. Find out what MBTI and EQ mean to you and why they inform our leadership styles. Learn about your own style. With this knowledge, start to create your own leadership pipeline. Class ending reflection

SESSION III - March 16-17, 2018

Friday, 11:30-5:00 - George Dierberger

Strategy, Planning & Implementation - This session will cover the importance of strategic planning for a non-profit organization. Attention will be given to the strategic planning process including vision, mission and the organization's unique value proposition. We will discuss other non-profits strategic plans to gain perspective and help accelerate the learning process. The participants will work in small groups to further refine or develop their own vision and mission statements. A quiz will follow the session to help with retention and implementation.

Saturday, 9:00-2:30 - Walt Flynn & David Teschler

During this session, each student will have an individual meeting to debrief the results of your Hogan assessments. This is followed by an individual meeting on the assessment’s implications for your career and professional development. Participants are guided in writing an individual Leadership Development Plan.

SESSION IV - March 30-31, 2018

Friday, 11:30-5:00 - Jim Olson

Finance, accounting and valuation for Non-profits - This session will put the student in the shoes of a nonprofit leader. This will occur by forging a deeper understanding of how financial information and tools play an important role in the evaluation and decision making processes, and how asking critical questions using the financial information assist in both the formation of those critical decisions, and executable strategies. Attention will be given to financial models and tools to help students be better equipped to anticipate potential financial changes, potential growth or shrinkage in their industry/company. Class ending quiz

Saturday, 9:00-2:30 - Walt Flynn & David Teschler

During this session, each student will have an individual meeting to debrief the results of your Hogan assessments. This is followed by an individual meeting on the assessment’s implications for your career and professional development. Participants are guided in writing an individual Leadership Development Plan.

SESSION V - April 13-14, 2018

Friday, 11:30-5:00 - Mike Turpin,

Law, non-profit governance & compliance - This session will focus on the introduction and exploration of some of the most common legal and governance issues that non-profit managers face. This session will not only provide non-profit managers the tools to efficiently approach and navigate these issues, but will also empower non-profit managers with strategies to transform engagement on these issues into a opportunities to build a more effective, responsive, and sustainable organization. Class ending quiz

Saturday, 9:00-2:30 - Ellie Larson

Diversity, facilitation, negotiation & conflict resolution - This session will explore the challenges non-profit managers face when dealing with a diverse population, whether it be staff or clients, and the unexpected situations one might face. Attention will be given to the unique role of management in the development of relevant skills and personal awareness. We will explore concepts related to understanding the needs and motivations of others, what it means to "see through a different lens", and how to approach difficult situations in manner that facilitates positive outcomes. Class ending quiz

SESSION VI - April 27-28, 2018

Friday, 11:30-5:00 -Walt Flynn

The Non-profit HR landscape - This session will explore current human resource issues for non-profits. The session will include discussions on a number of important topics, including recruitment, employee relations and training and development. In addition we will explore the concepts of ethical and legal obligations of organizational leaders. Class ending quiz

Saturday, 9:00-2:30 - Jennifer Radke

Maximizing your Social Media Strategies for the Nonprofit Leader - As a leader, your goal is not necessarily to implement the platform specific social media tactic. Rather, a leader must understand the needs, resources and potential outcomes, from your social media team, that will lead to stronger goal setting, communication and ultimately ROI. In this section we will take a look at how we use the information gathered in the strategic planning process to develop your social media strategy. Students will have an opportunity to create a social media policy and set you and your team on the path for increased success in reaching your social media goals.

4:00-6:00 - Graduation ceremony


Faculty Profiles:

George Dierberger, doctorate in Organization Development and Leading, eleven years teaching experience, business owner of Strategic Marketing Consultants.

Amanda Cvetich Gorra, MBA, Process Analysis, Prime Therapeutics, SME for PQM Metrics Tool, process improvement and documentation, creating and maintaining dashboards and analysis.

Walt Flynn, MBA, 20+ years teaching experience, author of Healthcare Human Resource Management, 15+ years experience in healthcare organizations at the VP of HR level.

David Teschler, PhD, Sports Medicine Counseling, MDiv, 25+ years coaching for individuals, teams and organizations. Interim Executive Director, Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis.

Jim Olson, MBA, CFO, People Incorporated, 19 years experience as a financial executive in healthcare related industries.

Mike Turpin, J.D., General Counsel, People Incorporated. Former General Counsel for MNsure and Deputy General Counsel for the MN Dept of Human Services.

Ellie Larson, MIM, 20+ years teaching experience, past Executive Director of Solidarity Center in Washington, DC, Chief of Staff and International Affairs Director for Ass'n of Flight Attendants. MDH grant reviewer.

Jennifer Radke, MSOL, CEO, National Institute for Social Media, 3+ years experience instructing in social media planning and strategy.


CEU credits for Nonprofit Leadership (3) and Nonprofit Business and Management (5).

Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion. The course is
non-credit bearing and does not transfer into our academic program offerings or the offerings of any other institution.




Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Twin Cities, 1515 Central Parkway, Eagan MN 55121. © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.


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