The Leadership Institute

Effective leadership has far reaching effects and can determine the longevity and health of an organization, making the difference between a good organization and a great organization! Research has demonstrated that investments in leadership development produce tangible benefits including higher achievement of growth goals, lower operating costs, greater stability, and increased mission impact for the organization.

The Leadership Institute offered through United Way of Alamance County and Impact Alamance aims to provide nonprofit and government directors with essential leadership skills to enhance their development and advance the mission of their organizations. The program provides a solid foundation of leadership essentials through classroom training, individual development plans, self-discovery, practical application, and personal coaching.

The Institute will be facilitated by Linda Smith, Splash Performance and Lisa Withers, Proactive Consulting.  Lisa and Linda each have over 20 years of experience in leadership development and have worked with various business, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations.

Program Benefits

  • Training and coaching is valued at $2,800.
  • Led by highly trained consultants with over 20 years of experience in leadership training.
  • Individualized coaching for participants to support their learning and skill development.
  • Development of a learning community that will support the participants’ ongoing development.
  • Interactive and engaging training session.

Program Structure

The series includes a full-day training, 7 half-day trainings (4 hours each, morning until lunch) and ends with a full day event and graduation ceremony. The Institute also consists of 3 one-hour individual coaching sessions, as well as some pre- and post-work for each session.

2018 – 2019 Session Dates and Times

September 19 8:30am-5pm
October 17 8:30am-3pm
November 14 8:30am-2pm
December 12 8:30am-2pm
January 9 8:30am-2pm
February 13 8:30am-2pm
March 13 8:30am-2pm
April 10 8:30am-2pm
May 8 8:30am-2pm

Course Descriptions

Three individual coaching sessions with a consultant will be held throughout the 9 month program.  Twenty participants will be chosen for the Institute which will create a network of learners who can support one another throughout and after the program.  Best practices will be shared throughout the program by participating organizations to provide ample opportunities to learn from one another.


  •  For 2018-2019 cohort we are only accepting supervisors and managers who have an executive director who has previously graduated from Leadership Institute.
  • Must submit application and endorsement letter by deadline.


The Leadership Institute includes approximately 55 hours of session time. To graduate from the Institute, a participant is expected to attend all sessions in their entirety.  The series includes a full day training, 7 half-day trainings (4 hours each, morning until lunch) and ends with a full day event and graduation ceremony.  The Institute also consists of 3 individual coaching sessions, as well as some pre and post work for each session.  Participants who miss a significant amount of the training program may not be allowed to graduate.

Applications for the 2019-2020 session will be taken in July 2019 .  An endorsement letter from your board chair or supervisor is required as part of the application process.   




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