About the EXCEL Program

The EXCEL program is an nine-month leadership development and skills training program for nonprofit executive directors and high-level managers.  EXCEL was designed to enrich the management capabilities of those individuals inspired to lead nonprofit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati provides faculty and coaches for EXCEL participants along with guest speakers and presenters from area corporations.

Key topics to be covered are:

  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence

  • Improving Management and Relationships with StrengthFinders and DiSC

  • Human Resources and Building High Functioning Teams

  • Organizational Development, Board Development and Fundraising

  • Strategic Thinking and Planning

  • Financial Management and Outcomes Measures

  • Branding and Marketing

Components of EXCEL:

  • Orientation and Team Building event at Camp Joy

  • Interactive Subject-Matter Workshops

  • Creating Personal and Organizational Improvement Plans

  • Monthly One-on-One Coaching with Trained, Experienced Professionals

  • Networking Opportunities and Alumni Events

Announcing the EXCEL program schedule 2018-19

EXCEL is offered only once per year, beginning at Camp Joy in September and culminating with graduation in May.

EXCEL 2018-2019 Program Schedule
Sessions are on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Mercy Health in Norwood
September 14 (Camp Joy), October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8,
March 8, April 12, and May 3. Graduation will take place May 17.

The EXCEL program consist of ten full day sessions. With the exception of the September session at Camp Joy, the sessions will be held at Mercy Health, which is located just off the Norwood Lateral (Rt 562). The address is 1701 Mercy Health Place, 45237, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  



Selection Criteria

All candidates for EXCEL must submit an application, a professional reference, and have the full support and commitment of their organization to participate in the eight-month program.  Applicants will participate in a confidential face-to-face interview with program instructors as part of the admission process, and to assist in matching each participant with a compatible coach.

To ensure the best opportunity for interactive learning and discussion, no more than two applicants from the same organization will be accepted for each program, and they must not be in a supervisor/direct report relationship. 

The selection process seeks to ensure a diverse group in personal background, organizations represented and functional area of responsibility. Previous NLIGC program applicants have represented a wide array of organizations including government, health and human services, education and hospitals. Organizations include United Way, Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance, Lighthouse Youth Services, Tender Mercies, Inc., Jewish Vocational Service, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Miami University, Cincinnati Public Schools, ArtWorks and more.

Examples of positions held by previous participants include Associate Director, Director, Executive Director, Vice President, President and CEO.

Program Cost

The total cost for participating in the EXCEL program, including all course materials, catered lunches and individualized coaching, is $1,550.

Keeping the cost of leadership training affordable for nonprofits would not be possible without the participation of volunteer instructors and speakers, and the generous support of our key funders - United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Duke Energy, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

NLIGC Payment Policy

Due to the generosity of our funders, our program costs are kept low to ensure equal opportunity for all non profit organizations. Additionally, the NLIGC needs to ensure that classes will be filled to capacity throughout the duration of the program.

Therefore, all payments will be collected in full prior to the start of the program. If you or your organization cannot pay in full prior to the deadline, we can create a payment plan based on your organization’s need. Please note, this payment plan must be created prior to the start of the program. If you have not paid by the deadline (or created a payment plan), class participation is at the discretion of the NLGIC.

If you are officially accepted into the program and then you choose not to complete the program or course, your tuition will not be refunded. Course of action for these situations will be handled on an individual basis. ‚Äč


Applications for EXCEL 2018-19 is full. Information for EXCEL 2019-20 will be posted soon.