Executive Directors Leadership Institute

2017 Wells Fargo Executive Directors Leadership Institute

EDLI 2017 Cohort

The Wells Fargo Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI) is a complete 12-month leadership coaching program to help Executive Directors turn their visions into reality.

EDLI is designed to help both new and experienced executive directors improve their leadership, strengthen their network and guide their organizations toward long-term sustainability. It is the only program designed exclusively for nonprofit Executive Directors in our region.

Applications are now closed!

Please check this page in summer 2017 for more information about the 2018 Executive Directors Leadership Institute.


2017 EDLI Cohort

  • >> Tara Barauskas, Community Corporation of Santa Monica
  • >> Leslie Adler, Culver City Education Foundation
  • >> Albert Hernandez, Family Promise of the Verdugos
  • >> Carmen Garcia Hoffman, Grandparents As Parents, Inc.
  • >> Maegan E. Ortiz, Instituto de Educación Popular del
    Sur de California (IDEPSCA)
  • >> Tara Aesquivel, Invertigo Dance Theatre
  • >> Marvin Espinoza, The Jeffrey Foundation
  • >> Susan Freudenheim, Jewish World Watch
  • >> Moises Cisneros, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce
  • >> Kimberly Small, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship - Greater Los Angeles
  • >> Lauren O’Neill, Odyssey Charter School
  • >> Lisa Ruben, Partnership Scholars Program
  • >> Richard Reyes, the Plus Me project
  • >> Brenda Valiente, The Promises Foundation
  • >> Kathleen Ruddy, St. Baldrick’s Foundation
  • >> Jane Haven, Taking the Reins
  • >>

Click here to see a list of recent EDLI alumni.

 What You’ll Get

  • >> One-on-one coaching with highly trained, executive coaches who will serve as your thought partners and guides
  • >> Interactive peer learning and networking opportunities with a cohort of fellow Executive Directors
  • >> 7 full-day training sessions over a one-year period focused on diverse leadership topics and management skills
  • >> Expert instruction to help you shape the culture of your organization and strengthen your leadership

What You’ll Learn

EDLI will give you the practical tools and strategies to build critical leadership skills and transform the effectiveness and impact of your organization. Topics for EDLI 2017 include:

  • >> Creating your organization's culture and managing politics
  • >> Leading fiscal accountability and responsibility
  • >> Managing your board strategically
  • >> Building and sustaining a healthy fund development culture
  • >> Planning for organizational succession
  • >> Developing your staff


What sets EDLI apart?

  • >> Coaching. You will be matched one-on-one with an executive coach. As your thought partner, your coach will listen to your specific organizational needs, help you identify opportunities and solutions, and support you as you complete and present a personalized strategic project. You and your coach will design a customized coaching plan to support your leadership goals. Past participants who have taken advantage of more than 40 hours of coaching throughout the year often report the biggest transformation in their leadership approach.
  • >> Peer Learning. You will join a dynamic cohort of fellow nonprofit leaders to form a supportive and confidential forum in which to share knowledge and personal experience, and explore new strategies for dealing with challenging situations. Together, you will learn how to leverage your emotional intelligence to lead your organization and staff to better fulfill your mission.
  • >> Class Training. You will explore diverse leadership topics and strengthen your management skills. Nonprofit management expert Janet Schulman, MSW, MPA, will guide you through the curriculum. Additional guest instructors will provide further depth on various areas of expertise.

Meet Your EDLI Lead Instructor

Photo of Janet Schulman

Your guide on the journey to leadership success is Janet Schulman, MSW, MPA. Janet is a dynamic leader in the Los Angeles nonprofit community. She has been a faculty member in American Jewish University's MBA school of Nonprofit Management and has more than 30 years experience as an Executive Director in Los Angeles. She previously served as Founding Executive Director of Big Sisters of LA, CEO of Special Olympics Southern California and interim Executive Director at several other organizations.

When I first began my career as a nonprofit executive director, there were no training programs available to help prepare me for the role and its many challenges. My learning curve was steep and without the framework of the larger context, I made mistakes as I developed my leadership “legs” and style. EDLI would have been a perfect resource in those early years – helping me to understand nonprofit management and to lead the staff, Board and volunteers more effectively.


Questions? Want to Know More?

For more information, please contact Janet McIntyre, Vice President of Programs and Training at jmcintyre@escsc.org or 213.613-9103 x20. You may also download the latest EDLI brochure here.


Want more EDLI Testimonials?


Amy Friendman, POPSClick here to learn about Amy Friedman, EDLI 2015
"EDLI is the beating heart of my leadership and provides me with a touchstone into the nonprofit community."
- Amy Friedman, Founder and Executive Director, POPS the Club


Zoot Velasco, The MuckClick here to learn about Zoot Velasco, EDLI 2010-2011
"At the Muckenthaler we have tripled our programs, members, patrons, and education in three years and doubled our budget. Our success is in no small part due to connecting regularly with ESC."
- Zoot Velasco, Former Executive Director, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center