Executive Directors Leadership Institute

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Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI) is a 9-month leadership coaching program designed to help both new and experienced Executive Directors transform their leadership and guide their organizations toward long-term sustainability. 

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Executive Directors Leadership Institute 

For more than 15 years, EDLI has offered dedicated one-on-one coaching, peer learning and comprehensive training to help nonprofit leaders turn their visions into reality. It is the only program designed exclusively for nonprofit Executive Directors that combines long-term coaching and training. 

Join EDLI and grow your peer support community by building relationships with other nonprofit leaders, as you learn ways to think more strategically and develop solutions to the extraordinary challenges you face. With reinforcement through in-depth training and personalized coaching, the dynamic EDLI program responds to the emerging needs of nonprofit leaders of today. 

What You'll Get
  • One-on-one coaching with a highly-trained, executive-level consultant who will serve as your leadership coach for 9-months 
  • Interactive peer learning and networking opportunities with a cohort of fellow Executive Directors 
  • 40+ hours of professional development/training sessions over a 9-month period that will consist of expert instruction and comprehensive training topics to help you lead your nonprofit. 
What You'll Learn

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

Topics for EDLI 2023 include: 

  • Shaping and sustaining your organization’s culture 
  • Managing your board strategically 
  • Shifting the politics of your nonprofit 
  • Leading fiscal accountability and responsibility 
  • Building a stronger development team comprised of both your board and staff 
  • Deepening your organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Developing your staff 
  • Planning for organizational succession and leadership continuity 
  • Leveraging your emotional intelligence to lead strategically 
  • Implementing Executive Director performance evaluation 
  • Additional discussion topics may be customized based on the input of the cohort and based on its evolving needs over the course of the year

EDLI opened my eyes to the challenges, rewards, and opportunities of being an Executive Director. I learned a lot from what the other Executive Directors in the program shared; they always had ideas, practical tips, challenges, and scenarios to discuss. EDLI empowered me to put my best leadership foot forward and put my values, principles, and vision for the organization into action!

Nina Crowe

Chief Executive Officer, Glendale Arts | Alex Theatre

What sets EDLI apart?


  • You will be matched with one of our consultants who will serve as your leadership coach for 9-months. As your thought partner and coach, your consultant will listen to your specific organizational needs, help you identify opportunities and solutions, and support you as you complete the program. Past participants who have taken advantage of more than 40 hours (approximately 2 sessions per month) of coaching throughout the year often report the biggest transformation in their leadership approach. 

Peer Learning

  • You will join a cohort of fellow nonprofit leaders to build a supportive and confidential forum in which to share knowledge and personal experience, develop peer coaching skills 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. Intentional social pods are created for you to build closer connections to colleagues. 

Class Training

  • You will explore comprehensive leadership topics and strengthen your nonprofit management skills through a series of workshops that will cover the topics listed above. Through presentations, facilitated discussions, and interactive exercises with real world applications, instructors with subject matter expertise and nonprofit experience will help create a dynamic learning environment for you and your cohort. These lectures will be led by a group of instructors from diverse backgrounds and expert knowledge about nonprofit management. 

Being part of EDLI, has strengthened me so much, it has given me confidence, it has given me support, and it has given me a lot of practical tools to do my job.

Mason Funk
Executive Director, The Outwords Archive EDLI 2020

Program Fees

Special rate thanks to our generous program sponsors. 

Fees will be due after acceptance into the program. 

  • Early bird fee $1,800/participant
  • General deadline fee $1,950/participant  

The full program value of $5,750 has been partially underwritten by our generous sponsors. 


Apply now through our online form below or contact staff with any questions:  

  • Meghan Maloney, Associate Director of Volunteers and Cohort Programs, at [email protected]  or (213) 613-9103 x119 

Program Starts February 2023 

Upon receipt of application, you will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview. 

Ask about additional financial assistance that may be available for eligible organizations to further reduce your program fees.
Training Sessions

If public health guidelines permit in-person gatherings in 2023, we may shift to an in-person format or a hybrid of both in-person and virtual. In-person sessions will include a breakfast and lunch, and will end at 3:00 p.m. Any in-person sessions that may occur will be held at The California Endowment building in downtown Los Angeles.  

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023 
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023 
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2023 
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2023 
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2023 
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Questions? Want to Know More? 

For more information, please contact Meghan Maloney, Associate Director of Volunteers and Cohort Programs, at [email protected] 

What do our EDLI graduates say? 

Recent EDLI Cohorts


  • Activities, Recreation, and Care  
  • After School All Stars Los Angeles 
  • Arts District San Pedro Waterfront  
  • Association of Community Human Services Agencies  
  • Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) 
  • Child Development Institute  
  • Community Asset Development Re-defining Education  
  • Corazon 
  • East LA Community Corporation  
  • HelpGuide  
  • Insight Garden Program 
  • Leadership Pasadena 
  • Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles 
  • Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission 
  • RaiseAChild 
  • Santa Monica History Museum 
  • Southeast Community Development Corporation 
  • Southern California Crossroads 
  • Streetlights 
  • Valley Jewish Community Center 


  • Bread Head
  • Daniel Pitino Shelter
  • The Place4Grace
  • Camp del Corazon
  • Friends of Warm Hearth, Inc.
  • USO (United Services Organization)
  • The Cornucopia Institute
  • DIY Girls
  • Adventure Risk Challenge
  • Las Fotos Project
  • California Farmworker Foundation
  • New Mexico Asian Family Center
  • Decro Corporation
  • JQ International
  • Southern California Leadership Network
  • California Stormwater Quality Association
  • Arts for Healing and Justice Network
  • East Los Angeles Community Youth Center
  • Present Now


  • Anti-Recividism Coalition
  • Beit T-Shuvah 
  • College Match
  • EveryoneOn
  • Friends of the Observatory
  • Fuente Latina
  • Glendale Arts
  • Grid110
  • Healing California
  • Innovative Housing Opportunities
  • Institute for Public Strategies
  • LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics
  • Karsh Family Social Service Center Inc.
  • The Outwords Archive, Inc. 
  • Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers
  • Toberman Neighborhood Center
  • Urban Voices Project