Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Institute

The Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Institute provides opportunities for personal and professional development of the knowledge and skills necessary to lead in mission-based organizations.  

Below are some of the institute courses for graduate credit that are currently accepting applications.  Complete our online application form now and select courses.

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  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Project Management for Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurs
  • Building Bridges:Facilitating Courageous Conversations
  • Speaking with Confidence:Leadership for Women

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
X.BUS-431-01

Instructor: Rick Feldman
Course Dates:  January 2-19, 2018 (First class meeting is Monday January 8)
Class Meeting Times:
Mon-Fri 9 am-12:00 pm, Shattuck Hall Room 107
Location: Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA See Campus Map
Tuition: Two Graduate Credits - $1362  Noncredit - $498 
This project-based course is designed for learning startup entrepreneurship methods from the idea stage to start-up, for commercial or social impact ventures (not-for-profit or for-profit). Students will learn about topics such as lean startup methods, market planning, customer and stakeholder development, finances, organization configurations, collaboration building, and team-building and leadership to be able to apply them to practice in their own venture. Further study will include entrepreneurship, women in business, social impact, economic impact, and opportunity analysis.      
Required Books: ENTREPRENEURSHIP: A Very Short Introduction; Paul Westhead & Mike Wright; Oxford University Press 2013
THE ART OF THE START; Guy Kawasaki Portfolio Penguin 2004

Project Management for Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurs
X.BUS-418-01

Instructor: Earl Furfine
Dates:
January 2-19, 2018 (First class meeting is Monday January 8)
Class Meeting Times:
(Jan 8-12, 1:00-5:00 pm (Shattuck Hall Room 107) plus online)
Location: Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA See Campus Map
Tuition:  Two Graduate Credits - $1362  Noncredit - $498 
There is one clear skill that all exceptional project managers (PMs) possess, “the ability to formulate alternatives”.  Those PMs with either the innate or developed ability to provide multiple solutions to problems and further create contingency plans if their solutions are not successful, find themselves working on projects that are delivered on-time, at or under-budget, and within the functional and/or technical satisfaction of their customer.  Your goal is to identify and begin to develop this ability during this course.  More importantly, it will provide you a platform to continue to grow, refine and implement this skill all under the umbrella of good project management approaches and practices.  You will be able to identify, plan, schedule, cost estimate, implement and manage projects of virtually any size.
Required book: The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management (order from Versatile). Eric Verzuh 978-1-118-07377-3 Fifth Edition

Building Bridges: Facilitating Courageous Conversations
X.COMM-413-01

Instructor: Angelica Castro
Course Dates:
  January 2-19, 2018 (First class meeting is Monday January 8)
Class Meeting Times:
Mon-Fri, 3:00-6:00 pm, Shattuck Hall Room 107
Location:
Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA See Campus Map
Tuition:
  Two Graduate Credits - $1362  Noncredit - $498
Building the capacity of groups to dialogue, create, and collaborate is an essential skill in professional settings across our region, nationally and globally. This course offers a critical introduction to the principles and the role of intergroup dialogue and facilitation in creating transformative spaces for groups to explore differences and commonalities, increase awareness as individuals and as members of various social groups, build authentic relationships, and identify actions that foster perspective taking and empathy. Through intergroup dialogue, role-play exercises and assigned readings, participants will actively learn to engage in courageous conversations and facilitate groups across social divides to work together more effectively, collaboratively and compassionately.

Speaking with Confidence: Leadership for Women
X.COMM-405-01

Instructor: Susan Daniels
Dates:
January 2-19, 2018 (First class meeting is Monday January 8)
Class Meeting Times:
Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 am– 12:00 pm (Dwight Hall, Rm. 201, final class Fri, Jan 19, Dwight 101)
Location:
Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA   See  Campus Map
Tuition:
One Graduate Credit - $681  Noncredit - $498  
This course helps women professionals develop effective oral communication skills necessary for delivering keynote speeches, panel presentations, conference talks and other public speaking situations. Drawing on a variety of theatre techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message, and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style, and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a safe and supportive environment, students will complete the course with the presentation of an inspiring speech.