The Civic Leadership Academy introduced the 30 members of its 2017 class at a Welcome Ceremony, at the Chicago Cultural Center, on January 11, 2017. The six-month program begins January 12th.

The Civic Leadership Academy is an interdisciplinary leadership development program for emerging and high-potential leaders in nonprofit organizations and local government agencies within the City of Chicago and Cook County. Developed by the University's Office of Civic Engagement, in partnership with LISC Chicago and the Civic Consulting Alliance, the program is designed to develop a pipeline of talented leaders to help nonprofits and government agencies thrive.

Nonprofit organizations and government institutions in urban areas often tackle difficult social issues with limited resources, including time to invest in developing leaders. The Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary certificate program for high-potential government and nonprofit professionals combining academic course work with action skills and a capstone project. The Civic Leadership Academy aims to enhance the capacity of these leaders to perform effectively in their positions and within their organizations, thereby strengthening the communities they serve and the city of Chicago as a whole.

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The Civic Leadership Academy was developed by the University's Office of Civic Engagement in partnership with LISC Chicago and the Civic Consulting Alliance,with funding from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, and McCormick Foundation. The program is designed to develop a pipeline of talented leaders to help nonprofits and government agencies thrive.

What Makes the Civic Leadership Academy Distinctive

The Civic Leadership Academy is grounded in the leadership development framework conceived by Chicago Booth Professor Harry Davis and Robin Hogarth.

Interdisciplinary Academic Curriculum

The Civic Leadership Academy brings together faculty from the University’s five professional schools and other institutions to teach with expert practitioners.

Project-Based Learning

Academy Fellows have the opportunity to apply the leadership skills they develop to real world situations through a capstone project and global practicum.

Cross-Sector Network

After completing the program, the Fellows become part of a network of alumni who will continue to collaborate for positive social change in Chicago.

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Civic Leadership Academy participants will learn to:

  • Successfully manage challenging projects, from articulating a vision to getting it done
  • Observe, collect, and analyze data
  • Anticipate and manage crisis with strategic communication
  • Understand the role of policy advocacy and how power works
  • Manage stressful situations and negotiate with confidence
  • Build networks across multiple sections
  • Create a budget that aligns to strategy
  • Lead and manage people more effectively
  • See change through a new global lens
  • Office of Civic Engagement
  • Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • School of Social Service Administration
  • Chicago Booth School of Business
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • Institute of Politics
  • Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
  • LISC Chicago
  • Civic Consulting Alliance
  • City of Chicago
  • Cook County
  • Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust
  • Microsoft
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Meet the Civic Leadership Academy Fellows Class of 2017

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For more information, contact:
Joanie Friedman
Director of Civic Partnerships, Office of Civic Engagement
The University of Chicago
Edward H. Levi Hall, Suite 101
5801 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-1035