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CLACivic leadership in the 21st Century is complex and requires individuals to identify, analyze, collaborate, and solve pressing societal issues through the efforts of broadly engaged public organizations. NIU's Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) recognizes this and has adapted its programing to cross the boundaries of private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The CLA seminars allow for in-person interactions with fellow participants and instructors using experiential learning techniques. The training program offers a series of workshops across an array of topics central to being an effective leader in the 21st century. Participants who have successfully attended 20 hours in workshops, with 10 hours fulfilled through attendance in two core courses, are eligible to earn a Certificate of Completion. Those wishing to build upon their CLA Certificate may partake in an additional 10 hours of focused workshops to earn the new CLA Specialization in Community and Economic Development, Human Resources, Government, or Nonprofits. Discounts are provided to members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) for specific workshops within the Nonprofit Specialization Track.Those workshops are noted below.

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Members of DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and Giving DuPage Register Here

Standard Registration Here

Rates

Rates are noted below. Special pricing is offered to CLA partner members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) and Giving DuPage (GD).

Early Bird Registration (14 Days Before Event):
Full-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $200
Full-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registion $66
Half-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $100
Half-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registration $45

13 Days Before Event Registration:
Full-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $250
Full-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registion $75
Half-Day Workshop - Regular Registration $125
Half-Day Workshop - *Nonprofit Partner Registration $56

* Discounts are provided for specific workshops within the Nonprofits Specialization Track to members of the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and Giving DuPage. These discounts are only available to members associated with these agencies.  We reserve the right to retro-actively charge a registrant for the balance of the regular registration fee should their affiliation not be verified by the partner agencies.

Members of DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and Giving DuPage Register Here

Standard Registration Here

Program Descriptions

NEW This Year!
Board Recruitment – Board Impact by Design

February 11, 2016
Prairie State College
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Are the right people driving your bus?

Board development is an ongoing process that ensures the Board has the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to effectively meet the governance, functional, and expert needs of the organization. Board development is an investment in money, time and talent. The right mix of people with a passion for the purpose can advance the organization to greater success. 

Don’t have the Board members you need to serve the organization and can’t keep the great ones you have recruited? Building a strong and reliable nonprofit Board of Directors is no easy task, but leveraging simple best practices and innovative strategies can mean the difference between an engaged, effective Board of Directors and a social club with minimal leadership. There are new strategies and vehicles for recruiting Board members and concrete steps your organization can take to set up the Board, and your nonprofit, for success.  This workshop is designed for both nonprofits recruiting Board members and individuals looking to join Boards.

The workshop will address common Board governance, voting and procedural issues, as well as an exploration of those issues generally encountered by Boards in operating under the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act, using practical examples and decisions issued by the Illinois Public Access Counselor in the Office of the Attorney General.

Objectives

  • Build a diverse recruitment strategy
  • Retain outstanding Board members
  • Conduct due diligence before joining a Board

Presented by Stacy French Reynolds, Anchor Advisors, Ltd. and Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Center for P-20 Engagement, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
9.  Diversity
12. Human Resources Management
14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication

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NEW This Year!
Leveraging New Technology to Enhance Transparency and Improve Performance in Government 

February 25, 2016
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Today, governments around the world are making frequent use of information and communication technology (ICT) in an effort enhance public sector transparency. As such, countless initiatives are being pursued by governments around the world to enhance levels of transparency in hopes that doing so will contribute toward improving various aspects of public sector performance. Many welcome such developments as enhanced transparency is seen as an essential ingredient to good governance. 

Transparency can enhance levels of citizens’ trust in government, reduce levels of corruption, and improve financial management. Yet, studies show that a majority of attempts to enhance transparency frequently fall far short of achieving their intended objectives. As a result, debates have emerged over the role of transparency in public management. Join us as we discuss how new technologies can be leveraged in order to effectively enhance transparency, while at the same time improving performance and public relations. 

Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of different forms of transparency and how they relate to citizens’ perceptions of government
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between transparency and performance
  • Gain tools to establish best practices

Presented by Gregory Porumbescu, PhD, Department of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
11. Financial Analysis
14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication
15. Presentation Skills

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NEW This Year!
Nonprofit Checkup #1 Know your Numbers: People

March 7, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Staff, volunteers and Board members are all important human resources to nonprofit organizations.  Determine if you are utilizing them effectively and planning for tomorrow.  This workshop is for volunteers including Board members as well staff.  Evaluate your organization in terms of its ability to get the right people to advance your organization forward including recruitment, training, retention and evaluation of Board members, volunteers and staff.  Is your organization reflective of the community you serve?  Do you have a succession plan in place? How can technology solutions improve human resource management? This workshop provides answers to these questions and more.

Objectives

  • Evaluate your organization’s overall human resources needs
  • Evaluate your Board’s capacity, skills and leadership
  • Effective recruitment strategies for Board members and staff

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
1. Staff Effectiveness
12.  Human Resources Management

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NEW This Year!
I've Been Elected or Appointed as a Board Member…Now What Do I Do?

March 8, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Are the right people driving your bus?

Board development is an ongoing process that ensures the Board has the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to effectively meet the governance, functional, and expert needs of the organization. Board development is an investment in money, time and talent. The right mix of people with a passion for the purpose can advance the organization to greater success. 

Don’t have the Board members you need to serve the organization and can’t keep the great ones you have recruited? Building a strong and reliable nonprofit Board of Directors is no easy task, but leveraging simple best practices and innovative strategies can mean the difference between an engaged, effective Board of Directors and a social club with minimal leadership. There are new strategies and vehicles for recruiting Board members and concrete steps your organization can take to set up the Board, and your nonprofit, for success.  This workshop is designed for both nonprofits recruiting Board members and individuals looking to join Boards.

The workshop will address common Board governance, voting and procedural issues, as well as an exploration of those issues generally encountered by Boards in operating under the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act, using practical examples and decisions issued by the Illinois Public Access Counselor in the Office of the Attorney General.

Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the requirements for awarding construction and professional services contracts for public improvement projects
  • Understand the basic requirements of competitive bidding
  • Understand the request for proposal process
  • Learn the statutory requirements associated with public construction projects

Presented by Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Center for P-20 Engagement, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
2.  Policy Facilitation
3.  Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning

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NEW This Year!
Fundraising and Financial Management for Nonprofits

March 25, 2016 
Prairie State College
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Nonprofit financial management is all about discipline to build a solid revenue base, a well-supported budget, clear financial objectives and policies and the discipline to keep to the plan. Evaluate where your organization is today. Please bring copies of your budget and most recent Form 990.

Objectives

  • To determine your organization’s fiscal discipline
  • To calculate financial ratios related to operational and capital needs
  • To review your processes for potential financial efficiencies

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
10.  Budgeting
11.  Financial Analysis

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NEW This Year!
Executive Director 101 - Nuts & Bolts

March 30, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This workshop will cover all the basics of running a nonprofit organization from planning, to human resources management, to budgeting and financial management, to performance measurement and communications.  Whether you have just been promoted internally to the top staff position or you are switching sectors to manage your first nonprofit, this workshop is for you.  For practiced professionals this workshop is a great way to refresh and update your skills in compliance with current best practices.

Objectives

  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of the Executive Director in relation to the Board of Directors
  • To assess risks for the organization and develop a plan to mitigate those risks
  • To understand the necessity for long-term, strategic planning for the organization
  • To understand the process and purpose of performance measurement
  • To use paid and volunteer staff effectively
  • To know how best to promote your organization, your events and programs through the latest technology tools

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
5.   Performance Measurement/Management and Quality Assurance
7.   Technological Literacy
10. Budgeting
12. Human Resources Management
13. Strategic Planning

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Leadership Lessons:  Trying Times Demand Sound Leadership

This is one of two core workshops required to earn a CLA ‘Certificate of Achievement’

March 31, 2016
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This workshop is an active exploration of the art and science of leadership.  Participants will study various leadership styles as well as the broad spectrum of tools, techniques, and theories available for leading an organization.  The workshop is interactive and uses video, written case studies, simulations, and discussion to explore current issues, authors, and developments in leadership theory and practice.  Participants will leave the session energized and with new insights on how they act and serve as leaders.  Administrative leaders, elected officials, volunteer Board members, and supervisors will all benefit from this course. 

Objectives

  • Learn the difference between leadership and management
  • Develop an understanding of the wide variety of leadership approaches in use today
  • Gain insight into your own leadership style

Presented by Greg Kuhn, Sikich, LLC (bio)
* This is one of two core workshops required to earn a CLA ‘Certificate of Achievement’

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
1. Staff Effectiveness

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NEW This Year!
Nonprofit Checkup #2 Know Your Numbers: Financial Efficiency

April 4, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

All organizations are concerned with keeping expenses down while growing revenue.  What are the tradeoffs?  Is your organization disciplined when it comes to sticking to realistic budgets?  Are you able to decrease costs by introducing more cost effective processes?  What are your financial numbers (ratios) that indicate financial health to your external audiences? This workshop provides answers to these questions and more.

Objectives

  • To determine your organization’s fiscal discipline
  • To calculate financial ratios related to operational and capital needs
  • To review your processes for potential financial efficiencies

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
10. Budgeting
11. Financial Analysis

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NEW This Year!
Ethical Behavior: Moral Tradeoffs for Nonprofits

April 7, 2016
DeKalb County Community Foundation
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Statistics show that 10% of the population will choose to do the right thing regardless of the temptation that is before them, while 5% of the population will make the wrong choice most if not all of the time. That leaves 85% of the population that can go either way depending on the circumstances. Join us as we examine the issues that formulate ethical dilemmas in various professional venues, and the decision-making framework that can keep you and your colleagues out of trouble. This interactive workshop encourages participants to learn how to be the best ethical leader possible.

Objectives

  • Learn the basic concepts of fraud
  • Examine the definition of ethics
  • Understand what constitutes an ‘ethical dilemma’ in various professional settings
  • Learn how to utilize the decision-making framework supported by NIU's College of Business
  • Understand how to integrate ethical decision-making with good leadership qualities

Presented by Dr. William McCoy, College of Business, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
4.  Citizen Service
17. Integrity

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Local Government Financial Reporting: Production and Consumption Realities

April 19, 2016
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Annual audit reports (also known to many as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report or CAFR) are one of the most reliable sources for understanding financial condition. These reports document the manner in which local leaders paid for, financed or are saving up to pay for their policy choices. Rich details within annual audit reports can also serve as inputs for preparing the budget as well as other analyses, pointing leaders in the right direction for future policy choices. 

In this session, participants will become familiar with the content of an annual audit and learn the value of using the content for decision-making. Participants will walk through examples of how the information can be consumed and learn the realities of why numbers do not speak for themselves along with what further changes may be coming in the near future to enhance transparency and the efficiency of financial reporting. 

Objectives

  • Become familiar with essential general concepts in local governmental annual audit reports with a particular emphasis on Illinois
  • Understand the complexities surrounding financial reporting systems, process and politics
  • Learn what others are doing to positively impact transparency and efficiency of producing and consuming financial information
  • Gain insight into what is on the horizon for financial reporting, particularly with regard to key legislation stemming from national regulators

Presented by Dr. Shannon Sohl, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University (bio) 

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
4.  Citizen Service
17. Integrity

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NEW This Year!
Civil Rights Liability in Today’s Environment

May 3, 2016
NIU Naperville Campus
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Local law enforcement agencies and their personnel operate at the intersection of social order and individual liberty.  Policing gives life to democracy by putting the written law into action in terms of its substance, process and restorative functions.  While the success of a democracy is partly a result of the effectiveness of its police force, which must be both accountable and responsive to the needs and wishes of the communities it serves, it also hinges upon the health of communities, institutions and civil society.

The modern history of police reforms reflects the core qualities of police in democratic societies: accountability, fairness and responsiveness. During the 1970s and 80s, police executives and policymakers employed organizational and bureaucratic resources to direct police decision making through policies and rules in an effort to increase police accountability and fairness (not to mention efficiency).  Over the last two decades, a different approach emerged as community and problem-oriented approaches focused reform efforts on becoming more responsive to community concerns in guiding police.  

It is not clear whether either approach has made local policing more democratic. Nevertheless, considering the increasing complexity of contemporary American society - diverse in racial, ethnic, religious, socio-economic and other ways - the challenges police face in achieving accountability, fairness and responsiveness are increasing. This course will examine the value and pitfalls of both the management approach and the community/problem-oriented approach to enhancing democratic policing in local law enforcement agencies.  

The last half of the course will be dedicated to examining new approaches that police and community leaders may consider useful in increasing the democratic principles and actions of local police in contemporary society.  In the realm of social order, this approach draws on recent changes in the police field that emphasize evidence-based decision-making and best practices while building on what’s been described as the craft of police-work.  As it relates to individual liberty and human rights, this approach highlights the non-law enforcement aspects of what police do and their importance in promoting human rights and liberty in the communities served by police.

Objectives

  • Define the characteristics of police in a democratic society
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of recent professional reform approaches in encouraging more effective and democratic policing
  • Define ways that police can improve their effectiveness and quality of service by integrating aspects of police scientific knowledge and police craft
  • Identify ways to measure democratic policing using agency and officer-level sources of information and data

Presented by Dr. Kirk Miller, Department Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Northern Illinois University; and Jacob Karaca and Gregory Smith, Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Human Resources

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
2.  Policy Facilitation
4.  Citizen Service
9.  Diversity

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NEW This Year!
Issue Based. Directed. Strategic.

May 10, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

This workshop will be hosted in two parts with the morning session focused on the impact of strategic planning on local government, nonprofits, and corporate industry, and local businesses.  Strategic planning is participatory and necessary for organizations as a means of determining their path ahead. The strategic and focused use of a plan can result in success in executing operational plans to drive economic and community development. Organizations engaged in planning are considered to be forward thinking, identifying future challenges while creatively solving problems when looking at the organization as a whole.

Afternoon discussion will center on the differences between sectors' strategic plans and how an individual's role and job plays a crucial part in making a functional and successful plan.  Individuals will learn how to be an effective participant in the planning process.  Register for this workshop and participate in hands-on activities with scenario planning and a sector-driven exercise.

Objectives

  • Understand different strategic planning approaches and techniques and their attendant advantages and disadvantages
  • Gain understanding of the importance of strategic plan implementation and follow-up through best practice applications
  • Learn how strategic planning fits into other organizational functions, such as budgeting and accountability

Presented by Stacy French Reynolds, Anchor Advisors, Ltd. and Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Center for P-20 Engagement, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Human Resources
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
13.  Strategic Planning

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NEW This Year!
Nonprofit Checkup #3 Know Your Numbers: Program Effectiveness

May 16, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The need in the community is great and nonprofit organizations help to solve some of the greatest social problems. How do you know you are meeting those challenges? Can you show the impact your organization is having?  It’s not measuring for measuring sake, but instead measuring what matters.  Learn where to start with implementing a performance measurement system. Evaluate your organization’s culture and capacity to make evidence-based decisions.

Objectives

  • To articulate the impact you want to be able to show in the community
  • To evaluate your organization’s culture and readiness to be results-focused

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas
4. Citizen Service
5. Performance Measurement/Management and Quality Assurance

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NEW This Year!
Founders Syndrome: An Analysis of Passion in The Non-Profit Community

May 17, 2016
DeKalb County Community Foundation
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

A disease found in nonprofits has its genesis in the inspiration and personality that created the organization.  The ailment is called ‘Founders Syndrome.’ Founders have a vision and it is highly personal. Dealing with Founder’s Syndrome is a typical problem among start-up or small organizations. It is also often a natural part of an organization’s life cycle. The start-up or growth phase of any initiative requires a strong, passionate personality—someone who can make fast decisions and motivate people to action.  

Once this period is over, however, the decision-making needs of the organization or team change. This requires mechanisms for shared responsibility and authority. It is when those decision-making mechanisms don’t change that Founder’s Syndrome becomes an issue.  Ultimately, there is an unbalance of power and unresolved issues can drag an organization down quickly (whether the founder is still involved or not).  In order for an organization to be effective – with the founder still in place or transitioning out – there must be a continued focus on the mission of the organization and the opportunity for the Board to be intimately involved in direction, priority setting and fundraising, among other things.  Other key components of transitioning out of the ‘founder era’ include a focus on Board Development and strategic planning.

Objectives

  • Identify the roots of Founders Syndrome
  • Understand the need to honor organizational history and tradition while managing change
  • Learn the right way to recruit Board members and volunteers for organizational growth
  • Gain perspective on the need for strategic planning as a tool to counter Founders Syndrome

Presented by Kristin C. Miller, Principal, Clark Miller Consulting and Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Center for P-20 Engagement, Northern Illinois University (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
1.  Staff Effectiveness
2.  Policy Facilitation
3.  Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning

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NEW This Year!
Nonprofit Checkup #4 Know Your Numbers:  Communicate Your Numbers

June 15, 2016
Giving DuPage/DuPage County Family Center
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

If you are managing your human resources, your financial efficiency and showing significant impact, how do you communicate those messages?  Are you utilizing print and digital forms of communications effectively?  Are you reaching yours?  Do you have a communications plan to deliver those messages? Are you improving transparency and accountability through publicly available documents, the media and online? This workshop provides answers to these questions and more.

Objectives

  • To examine your current communications practices
  • To determine areas of opportunity to improve your communications practices
  • To explore the potential of technology to improve your communications practices

Presented by Alicia Schatteman, PhD, Assistant Professor with joint appointments to the Division of Public Administration and the Center for NGO Leadership and Development (bio)

Civic Leadership Specialization Tracks:
Community/Economic Development
Governmental
Nonprofits

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas:
7. Technological Literacy
16. Media Relations

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