Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI)

Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI)

The 2019 Wells Fargo Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI)
 is a 12-month leadership coaching program designed to help both new and experienced Executive Directors transform their leadership, strengthen their network and guide their organizations toward long-term sustainability.

This program provides dedicated one-on-one coaching, peer learning and comprehensive training, which helps nonprofit leaders turn their visions into reality. It is the only program designed exclusively for nonprofit Executive Directors in our region that combines long-term coaching and training.




What You’ll Get

  • One-on-one coaching with a highly-trained, executive-level consultant who will serve as your thought partner and coach throughout the program
  • Interactive peer learning and networking opportunities with a cohort of fellow Executive Directors
  • 7 full-day training sessions over a one-year period
  • Expert instruction and comprehensive training topics 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 2019 include:

  • Creating your organization’s culture and managing politics
  • Leading fiscal accountability and responsibility
  • Managing your board strategically
  • Implementing Executive Director performance evaluation
  • Building and sustaining a healthy fund development culture
  • Planning for succession
  • Developing your staff

What sets EDLI apart?

Coaching You will be matched one-on-one with a executive-level consultant. 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 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 diverse 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.
  • Class Training You will explore comprehensive leadership topics and strengthen your management skills through a series of guided lectures and interactive exercises with real world applications. These lectures will be taught by nonprofit management expert Janet Schulman. Additional guest instructors will provide further depth on topics including nonprofit financial management.


Meet Your EDLI Lead InstructorPhoto of Janet Schulman

Non-profit management expert Janet Schulman will lead you through the curriculum. Janet is a recognized leader in the nonprofit sector with more than 30 years of experience in executive positions. She served as the Founding Executive Director of Big Sisters of Los Angeles and as the CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. She holds a MSW from Boston University and a MPA from University of California, Los Angeles.


What Do EDLI Participants Say?

Want to hear firsthand about EDLI’s impact? Check out what our latest graduates had to say!

“When I was accepted into EDLI, I felt I had found a lifeline. I now know I am own lifeline, but EDLI showed me how to save myself, and my organization from fear and division.” – Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, EDLI 2017

“The same way that my leadership grew and flourished as a result of EDLI, so did our organization!” – Richard Reyes, Executive Director, the PLUS ME project, EDLI 2017


“The same way that my leadership grew and flourished as a result of EDLI, so did our organization!”

Richard Reyes

Executive Directo, the PLUS ME project, EDLI 2017

Program Fees and Deadlines




All sessions will be held at The California Endowment Building
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019
  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019


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 2019 EDLI Brochure.

Want more EDLI Testimonials?

Hear firsthand from current EDLI participant Wende Nichols-Julien, CEO of CASA of Los Angeles!