Nonprofit Essentials

About this Course

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This course is designed to equip, connect, inspire and strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations in the nonprofit sector. We will share proven, applied, researched and experienced strategies used in the field.

The 2020-2021 Nonprofit Essentials course builds on the success of past years and offers a fresh session format of pairing thought leaders with leading local changemakers from Charlotte’s nonprofit community. Author and nonprofit consultant, Kathy Izard joins Foundation for the Carolinas’ Executive Vice President and visionary, Holly Welch Stubbing to set the foundations for leadership.

The course is comprised of nine skill-developing sessions for nonprofit professionals and offered virtually from September through May. Each core topic will pair outstanding instructional content and leadership with inspirational nonprofit leaders that will share their work, challenges, skill-application, and inspiration, from many perspectives.

Equipping, Inspiring, Leading Well.

Join the course ready to connect and learn. Leave equipped and inspired – furthering individual and organizational opportunity to Impact for Greater Good!

Professional Credits Available

    CFRE       SHRM

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August 11, 2020 @12PM
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Course Logistics

  • Virtual LIVE  
  • Duration: September 2020 – May 2021
    9 Sessions
    Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Offered at a Special Nonprofit Rate & Reduced Cost: $1800
    Session payments available: $250 per session
    Please contact us for more information on session payments.
  • Single session attendance:  $250 per session
    Pre-registration required.  Seating is limited.
    (There is no single session certificate)
    Contact us to reserve on a space-available basis

Next start date: September 8, 2020

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Bundling Discounts available
When registering for another Certificate course, after your Nonprofit course, within the 2020-2021 academic year, you receive a 5% discount.

The Wake Forest University Certificates Program is an open-enrollment, non-credit bearing program.

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Take-Aways & Learning Outcomes

  • Introduction – Our 20-21 course builds on the success of past years and offers our new session format of pairing thought leaders with local changemakers leading Charlotte’s best nonprofits. Author and nonprofit consultant, Kathy Izard joins Foundation for the Carolinas Executive Vice President and visionary, Holly Welch Stubbing to set the foundations for leadership. We will discuss the overarching principles of nonprofit success and how each of us can prepare to be community changemakers.
  • Strategy – Define, in your own words, what is an organizational strategy. Use the language from the class to discuss a specific organization’s strategy.
  • Governance – Know the purpose, responsibilities and job of a nonprofit board as well as overall best practices for governance and legal compliance in nonprofit organizations.
  • Budget & Finance – Up-to-date facts on the financial front. Read and interpret financial reports and records effectively and well.  Know how to create a budget and understand the importance of the 990.
  • Fund Development– Implement effective processes & practices that lead to successful fundraising. Refresh or build your arsenal of fundraising principles and practices, including development planning and processes, giving motivations, annual fund, major donors, gift planning, capital campaigns, and prospect research.
  • Board & Staff Management – Have best-practice principles in-hand for motivating employees and creating a culture of engagement as we cover such topics as recruitment, retention, development and evaluation of staff and volunteers
  • Marketing – Leave no stone unturned!  Know best practices and best techniques for messaging and branding your nonprofit organization – including social media.
  • Business Intelligence & Impact– A brand new session topic for 2020-2021! Andi Stevenson will be at the helm to discuss IT, cyber security and the importance of privacy for your nonprofit.
  • Capstone – Concluding our nine session course, Kathy Izard and Holly Welch Stubbing will moderate a panel of nonprofit professionals. Students with gain first hand insights from Charlotte’s well-respected community leaders  and be able to ask direct questions on all subject areas including strategy, communication, governance and crisis management. This final session will also be a celebration and graduation for completion of the Nonprofit Essentials Certificate.

Course Designed For

This classroom opportunity is open to the community and designed to strengthen those pursuing careers or significant roles in nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit board members, staff and volunteers are encouraged to attend.

 Nonprofit Essential Certificate Graduate, Mario

Certificate Course Details

  • Content & Competencies

    1. Introduction to Nonprofit Essentials
    September 8, 2020
    Instructors: Kathy Izard & Holly Welch Stubbing
    Our 20-21 course builds on the success of past years and offers our new session format of pairing thought leaders with local changemakers leading Charlotte’s best nonprofits. Author and nonprofit consultant, Kathy Izard joins Foundation for the Carolinas Executive Vice President and visionary, Holly Welch Stubbing to set the foundations for leadership. We will discuss the overarching principles of nonprofit success and how each of us can prepare to be community changemakers.

    2. Strategic Thinking
    October 13, 2020
    Instructor & Guest Speaker: Holly Welch Stubbing, Courtney Ramey
    Learn a methodology to develop a successful strategy for your organization.  We will ask who are your core stakeholders, how can you best address their needs, and what sequence of activities will ensure successful outcomes. We will examine effective strategies and assess the importance of an organization’s impact in the community.

    3. Governance and Compliance
    November 10, 2020
    Instructor & Guest Speaker: Kerri Mast, Liz Clasen-Kelly
    Review best practices for governance and legal compliance for nonprofit organizations. The class will explore the role of the board, building an effective board, and managing the relationship and roles of the board and staff. Learn successful advocacy strategies used to advance an organization’s mission for public good, and how to address related tax compliance issues. Other compliance to be addressed include charitable solicitation rules, state taxation matters, and hot topics in employment law for nonprofits. Finally, gain tools to minimize exposure to liability for the board and the organization.

    4. Budget and Finance
    December 1, 2020
    Instructor & Guest Speaker: Matthew Socha, Mack McDonald
    An organization’s marketability improves with greater financial clarity for the donor.  Nonprofit Board members and staff are more effective when they understand the impact of decisions on the organization’s financial health.  In this session we will explore nonprofit budgeting and finance, including finance terminology, the components of nonprofit financial statements, the 990 and a working understanding of income statement and balance sheet. Discuss the best ways to communicate financial data to internal and external constituencies.

    5. Fund Development
    January 12, 2021
    Instructor & Guest Speaker: Kristin Hills Bradberry, Connie Barcelo
    Learn key strategies and tactics for successful fundraising, including developing and sustaining donor relationships, understanding the critical role of board members and volunteers in successful fundraising, creating a plan to guide your efforts and monitoring your effectiveness, and planning effective donor communications. Explore how technology can enhance development efforts by being used as a fundraising, communications and marketing tool.

    6. Board & Staff Management
    February 9, 2021
    Instructor & Guest Speaker: Holly Brower, Bill Blue
    The most important part of any organization is its people. This session will address key topics such as recruitment, retention, development and evaluation of staff, volunteers; the importance of diversity in the nonprofit workforce; and specific strategies to create a motivating and rewarding work environment.

    7. Marketing
    March 9, 2021
    Instructor & Guest Speaker: Jennifer Appleby, Molly Shaw
    Explore marketing, branding and public relations fundamentals. Learn how to develop and implement a strategic marketing communications plan that best fits the needs of your organization. This class will also address the “Rules of the Game” for social media and websites with helpful tips from experts in the field.

    8. Business Intelligence & Impact
    April 13, 2021
    Instructor & Guest Speaker: Andi Stevenson, Jason Terrell
    A brand new session topic for 2020-2021! Andi Stevenson will be at the helm to discuss IT, cyber security and the importance of privacy for your nonprofit.

    9. Capstone – Leadership Panel
    May 4, 2021
    Instructor: Kathy Izard & Holly Welch Stubbing
    Concluding our nine session course, Kathy Izard and Holly Welch Stubbing will moderate a panel of nonprofit professionals. Students with gain first hand insights from Charlotte’s well-respected community leaders  and be able to ask direct questions on all subject areas including strategy, communication, governance and crisis management. This final session will also be a celebration and graduation for completion of the Nonprofit Essentials Certificate.

  • Meet the Instructors & Guest Speakers


    Kathy Izard, Lead Instructor

    Izard.Kathy, NFP Lead InstructorKathy Izard is an inspiring leader and change-maker on a local and national level.  She will be the Lead Instructor for Wake Forest’s Nonprofit Essentials course beginning Fall 2020.  Kathy was an award-winning advertising professional for twenty years in Charlotte before launching the pilot program Homeless to Homes for the interfaith Urban Ministry Center in 2007. She led the city-wide effort to build Moore Place, Charlotte’s first permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless men and women. After Moore Place opened in 2012, Kathy worked on numerous civic projects including leading the development campaign for HopeWay, Charlotte’s first nonprofit residential mental health treatment center which opened in 2016. Along with founding three programs and working with nonprofits as both a volunteer and staff member, Kathy has served on numerous nonprofit boards helping to raise funds from individuals, foundations and corporations in Charlotte and across North Carolina. Kathy is the recipient of the Bank of America Neighborhood Hero Award, the NC Housing Volunteer of the Year Award and recognized as a William J. Clinton Distinguished Guest Lecturer. She is the author of two books, The Hundred Story Home which received the 2017 Christopher Award and A Good Night for Mr. Coleman, a children’s book written to encourage kids to dream big and Do Good. Her work has been featured on NPR as well as the Today Show inspiring people to be change makers in their communities.

    Holly Welch Stubbing, Lead Instructor


    Holly Welch Stubbing is an outstanding leader and change-maker, who is actively engaged and well-known to the Charlotte-area nonprofit community.  Holly is also a nationally-recognized advocate for the nonprofit sector and serves or has served on key public policy committees representing nonprofits and philanthropy on the Hill.

    Holly Welch Stubbing serves as Executive Vice President & In-House Counsel at Foundation For The Carolinas and leads the Foundation’s advancement and legal affairs functions and oversees the Foundation’s investment portfolio.  She is also currently serving as Acting CEO of E4E Relief™, a national leader in employee disaster and hardship relief programs for global corporations.

    Holly currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and serves on the Seymour Legacy Trust Board of Trustees and the Advisory Council of the Bledsoe-Cathcart Group, private wealth advisors at Merrill Lynch.  She serves as past Board Chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation and on the boards of the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Trinity Episcopal School.  She is a German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow and is a recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Award and 40 under 40 recognition.  Holly was Charlotte AFP’s Fundraiser of the Year Award in 2013 and was honored by KPMG and CREW as an Athena Woman of Service.

    Holly holds a Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and B.A. in Speech Communications and International Studies from Wake Forest University.  Holly is a member of the North Carolina and Tennessee Bar Associations.  Holly is married and has two children.

     Session 1: Introduction to Nonprofit Essentials

     Kathy Izard, Lead Instructor

    Holly Welch Stubbing, Lead Instructor 

     Session 2: Strategic Thinking

    Holly Welch Stubbing, Lead Instructor

    Courtney Ramey, Guest Speaker is the Charlotte Office Executive Director for Jabian Consulting.  She is responsible for the office strategy, client delivery, business development, and community involvement activities.  She also serves on Jabian’s Executive Leadership Team.  Jabian is a management consulting firm with offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas and Chicago.  Jabian enables its clients to exceed their corporate objectives through the efficient and innovative application of strategy, technology and process.

    Courtney is active in the Charlotte community and currently serves on the Board of the CMS Foundation, E2D and Jabian Cares. Prior to joining Jabian Consulting, Courtney was an IBM Tivoli Service Management Sales Leader responsible for software sales across the US.  Prior to her sales leadership, Courtney was a Certified IT Management Consultant with IBM Global Services.

    Courtney lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, John, and two children, Anna Grace (10 years old) and Miles (8 years old).  Courtney holds a BS in Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science from the University of North Carolina.

    Session 3: Governance & Compliance

    Kerri Mast, Instructor joined Brown Brothers Harriman in 2010 and is responsible for wealth planning services in the Charlotte office. Prior to joining BBH, she worked at Foundation or The Carolinas, where she advised donors and their professional advisors on issues relating to charitable giving and nonprofit governance.

    Before her work at Foundation For The Carolinas, Ms. Mast practiced law at Moore & Van Allen PLLC, where she advised families of substantial wealth on estate and tax planning matters. She serves on several boards and committees, including Discovery Place Board of Trustees, the Nature Conservancy (North Carolina Chapter) Board of Trustees, the Foundation For The Carolinas Planned Giving Advisory Cabinet, the Queens University Planned Giving Advisory Council (chair), the Hawthorne Lane UMC Endowment Committee (chair) and Women’s Impact Fund Environment Grants Committee. Ms. Mast received a B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

    Liz Clasen-Kelly, Guest Speaker. Liz Clasen-Kelly serves as the CEO of the newly merged Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center.  She previously served as the Executive Director of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, where she led the shelter’s effort to renovate its main shelter. Previously, as the Associate Director of Urban Ministry Center, she oversaw the community’s street outreach efforts and served as project manager for Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the community effort to end chronic homelessness.

    She is a graduate of Davidson College and received her Master of Public Policy from Duke University.  She is a proud member of a blended family, with four kids ranging from 5 to 22.

    Session 4: Budget & Finance

    Socha. MatthewMatthew Socha, Instructor is Audit Senior Manager in the Charlotte practice of Cherry Bekaert, Matthew has a profound passion for serving educational and not-for-profit organizations. As a member of Cherry Bekaert’s Education and Not-for-Profit Industry Groups, Matthew provides audit, assurance and advisory services to private and public colleges and universities, community and technical colleges, independent K-12 schools, educational foundation and charitable organizations.

    Clients depend on Matthew for timely, practical guidance on many technical accounting and compliance issues such as implementation of new standards, compliance with federal and state laws and grant programs, fair value matters, endowment accounting, and more. Matthew also specializes in accounting and tax issues for private clubs.

    • Hospitality Finance & Technology Professionals – Charlotte Blue Ridge Chapter
    • Charlotte Chamber’s Young Professionals
    • SACUBO Benchmark Project

    Mack McDonaldMack McDonald, Guest Speaker joined Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) on February 1, 2016 as COO.  He became the organization’s CEO December 16, 2016.  RWCI works with dozens of partners to revitalize a community that was once a failed housing project.  RWCI and its partners assist struggling families in breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty through a holistic approach that includes housing, education, health, wellness and opportunity.

    Prior to joining RWCI, he was a Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Associate Dean of Business and Industry Learning, as well as site manager of the CPCC Ballantyne Center.  Mack has served as Business Excellence Manager and Business Relations Manager at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont.  He was Senior Vice President of Business Operations and CIO at United Way of the Central Carolinas.  McDonald has also served as the Director of the Information Management Center at Johnson C. Smith University and spent 13 years as an Engineer and Project Specialist for the IBM Corporation. McDonald would tell you that his passion is in the community and with helping people.  Currently he serves on boards of directors for the Charlotte Merchants Foundation (current Board Chair) and Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council.  He is an officer with the Pi Phi (Charlotte – Mecklenburg) Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Mack is a member of American Leadership Forum (Charlotte Chapter) Class IX and Leadership Charlotte Class 24.  He has served on boards of directors for Leadership Charlotte, ArtsTeach, the Carolina Raptor Center, and many others.  He has been PTA president, a youth basketball, football and softball coach, and youth mentor.

    Mack is a past winner of the Jefferson Award for community service, and the winner of the Citizen of the Year Award for Pi Phi Chapter (2017) and the Sixth District (NC & SC, 2018) of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

    Session 5: Fund Development

    Kristin Hills Bradberry, Instructor has worked in philanthropy for over 30 years. After working at the University of Richmond, she served her alma mater, Davidson College, as Vice President for College Relations, overseeing the $250 million Let Learning Be Cherished comprehensive campaign. She was the campaign director for the Arts and Science Council $83 million endowment campaign to support new and renovated cultural facilities in Charlotte, now known as Levine Center for the Arts.

    Since 2010, Kristin has worked as an advisor for non-profits on fundraising strategy and for philanthropists on meaningful and strategic giving. Campaign counsel clients include the $25 million HopeWay Campaign, the $150 million Johnson C. Smith University campaign, and $5.7 million Men’s Shelter Charlotte renovation campaign. In 2018, Kristin formed a partnership with Pat Martin and Patricia Zoder to form Greenway Group, a consulting practice that guides nonprofits organizations, family foundations and social impact corporate clients. Kristin has served on many nonprofit boards and is immediate Past Chair of Blumenthal Performing Arts. She also serves on the boards of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Endowment, and the Nalle Clinic Foundation. While a Board member of Davidson College, she chaired the Search Committee for the 18th President. She has been honored by AFP of Charlotte as National Fundraiser of the Year in 2010 and by the Charlotte Hornets with their 2014 Community Hero Award.

    Connie Barcelo, Guest Speaker. Connie Barcelo received her BFA at UNC Greensboro in 2011. Following internships at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative and The Mint Museum, she relocated to Boston and served at the Cambridge Community Center in youth work, marketing, and fund development. While at the Center she designed and received funding for a Minecraft youth program, sharing this work at  the Cambridge Agenda for Children Out of School Time Symposium in How to Use Minecraft to Teach Everything: Video Games in Curricula.

    Connie joined Charlotte Bilingual Preschool as Development Director in 2018, where she has supported budget growth from $1M to $2M and expanded the Development department to include four staff members. She and her husband live in NoDa and are expecting their first child in July 2020.

    Session 6: Board & Staff Management

    Brower.HollyDr. Holly H. Brower, Instructor.  Holly teaches Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector, and Leading Change. She has taught undergraduate, MBA and executive students, including international programs in Germany, Austria and Nicaragua. She is also the chair of the Judicial Council in the WFU College. After receiving her B. S. in Business from Wake Forest University she spent 10 years managing organizations in the nonprofit sector in Illinois, Colorado and Iowa. Experiences in these organizations included strategic planning, hiring, supervision, motivation, and development of employees (both paid and volunteer), board development, community assessment and development and fundraising. She also earned Business from Iowa State an M.S. in University and after earning her PhD in 2000 from Purdue University, she taught at Butler University in Indianapolis before joining Wake Forest.

    Holly is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management

    Association. She is a former Associate Editor of “Academy of Management Learning and Education” Journal. Her research interests lie in the areas of corporate governance, leadership, trust and ethical decision making. Her research has appeared in publication outlets such as

    “Journal of Management” and “Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies”. In addition, some of her research was spotlighted in the “Harvard Business Review.” She has also served on the boards of Girls Scouts, Centers for Exceptional Children, and Samaritan Ministries as well as holding several leadership roles in her church.

    William F. (Bill) Blue, Jr., Guest Speaker is the co-founder and Board Chair of the HopeWay Foundation. Bill assumed this role in 2014 after retiring as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Capital Markets for Wells Fargo Securities.

    Throughout his thirty year banking career, Bill represented foreign and domestic corporations in financing and advisory assignments. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Bill served as the group head of the Wachovia Consumer and Retail Investment Banking group. Before joining Wachovia, Bill was a Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of NationsBanc Montgomery Securities. Bill has extensive experience in leading non-profit organizations having served as Board Chair of Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte and Charlotte Country Day School. Bill also has served as Senior Warden of Christ Church. He is a former board member of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the University of Virginia Alumni Association, and YMCA Camp Thunderbird. He currently serves on four corporate boards: the Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad Company, Biscuitville, Inc., The Dixie Group and Springs Creative Products Group.

    Bill earned a B.A. in English and History and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.

    Session 7: Marketing

    Jennifer Appleby, Instructor. Jennifer Appleby is a business leader and community advocate whose passion and creativity have fueled the transformation of her agency and the community in which she lives. Appleby was named president and chief creative officer of marketing communications agency Wray Ward in 2001 and today is the agency owner. Her vision guided Wray Ward through a strategic repositioning and reorganization that shifted the agency’s focus to its home category expertise and significantly expanded its services. Wray Ward creates award-winning digital and traditional work for brands including Sunbrella®, LEVOLOR, Moen® and VELUX® America.

    An arts advocate, Appleby has held strategic leadership positions in many transformative community projects. She is the immediate past board chair of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and served on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. She served as board chair of the Arts & Science Council, chaired its Annual Fund Drive and has served on the Public Art Commission. She also was on the marketing committee for the creation of the Levine Center for the Arts, home to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, The Mint Museum of Art, Knight Theater and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Appleby was selected as the inaugural Business Innovator in Residence at the nationally renowned contemporary art center, McColl Center for Art + Innovation.  Building on that experience, Appleby serves on the executive committee of Charlotte Center City Partners and will serve as co-chair for Charlotte Center City’s 2040 Vision Plan. She also serves on the executive committee and board of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance and on the Central Piedmont Community College Foundation Board.

    A dedicated supporter of critical human services organizations, Appleby has served in task force and leadership roles for organization including Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont and United Way of Central Carolinas and led her agency in helping to create the first-ever statewide campaign to combat domestic violence in North Carolina, eNOugh. She has been recognized professionally throughout her career, including being a recipient of the Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year Award from Queens University’s McColl School of Business, Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Achievement and the Arts & Architecture Alumni Award from her alma mater, Penn State University. She was also named to Business North Carolina’s 2018 Power 100 and Charlotte Business Journal’s 2019 Most Admired CEO .

    Molly Shaw, Guest Speaker. Molly Shaw serves as President and CEO of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, a student support organization that empowers more than 6,000 CMS students to stay in school and achieve in life. Molly is a native of Durham, NC, and a Davidson College graduate. In 2008, she earned a Master’s of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining CIS, Molly led The Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI), an initiative designed to strengthen teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She also spent several years at Davidson College serving in various roles, including Director of Parent Programs, Capital Gifts Officer and Annual Fund Assistant Director. In addition to serving on the UNCC Atkins Library Board of Advisors, she is a current Board Member of Trinity Episcopal School, ROC Charlotte and serves on the Mecklenburg County Early Childhood Education Executive Committee.  She has previously served as a board member of Charlotte Emergency Housing, the Women’s Impact Fund, and chaired the Davidson College Friends of the Arts’ Advisory Board. Molly has delivered talks locally and nationally on topics including economic mobility, national educational trends and local solutions, cradle to career success and leadership. Molly is married to David Webb and in her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with their two children, Max and Kate.

    Session 8: Business Intelligence & Impact

    Andrea J. Stevenson, Instructor is the founder of Stevenson Wallace LLC and a consultant, facilitator and speaker based in North Carolina and working nationally. Her work focuses on building stronger, more effective nonprofits through strategic planning, organizational culture, stakeholder research and board development. She brings 28 years of nonprofit sector experience to her work, with past leadership positions including chief executive roles at both Community School of the Arts and the Lee Institute in Charlotte, and senior leadership posts at major performing arts centers in Texas and Philadelphia.

    A sought-after expert on nonprofit boards, she has created and launched three governance training curricula, taught corporate teams nationwide how to be positive ambassadors for their companies through nonprofit board service, and provided conflict
    resolution and individual coaching for executive directors and board chairs. A frequent speaker and panelist, Andi has delivered a TedX talk on the hazards of perfectionism, offered keynotes at women’s leadership conferences, moderated panels
    on next-generation arts leadership, and led practitioner roundtables in graduate public administration programs.

    Andi earned her MBA from Queens University of Charlotte’s McColl School of Business and her B.A. in English and political science from Texas A&M University. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum (Class 15, Charlotte Region) and a competitive ballroom dancer (Latin, open) with her instructor, Ranko Bogosavac.

    Jason Terrell, Guest Speaker began his journey as an 8th-grade teacher in Charlotte Mecklenburg School. In the classroom, Jason served as a mentor, athletic coach, and tutor and was deeply invested in his students’ pursuit of academic and personal success. Jason is the co-founder and Executive Director of Profound Gentlemen, a national agency dedicated to increasing the 2% of male educators of color who teach across the nation.

    Through his work, Jason has been recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 as one of the world’s brightest social innovators who seek to bring about change and equal opportunity for boys and male educators of color. He currently lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife and likes to go to rap concerts when he’s not working on Profound Gentlemen.

    Session 9: Capstone – Leadership Panel

    Kathy Izard, Lead Instructor

    Holly Welch Stubbing, Lead Instructor

  • Prerequisites

    Course Prerequisites

    Participants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program. Requests for exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing to the program director at
  • Time, Location & Parking


    Classes will be offered virtually on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Missed classes are nonrefundable.

  • Cost


    Offered at a Special Nonprofit Rate & Reduced Cost: $1800
    A one-time registration and payment for all 9 virtual classes (27 classroom hours). Registration is complete and your place in the class reserved, as payment is received. Payments are considered nonrefundable on/beyond their designated course registration deadline.

    Session-by-session payments available for $250 per session. Contact us for more information.

    Nonprofit Scholarship & Pro Humanitate

    Wake Forest University has a great respect and appreciation for the work of nonprofit organizations in the communities in which we live and work. One way we wish to express our appreciation is to offer our ongoing support and provide this course in the true spirit of Pro Humanitate, our university motto. The motto is at the heart of what Wake Forest does as an educational institution. In its essence it means, bringing our best to share, serve and support others – from the individual in the classroom to the organizational level to entire communities and beyond.

    We are happy to highlight and share outstanding classroom leadership and skill development opportunities with you though this course, relating the information specifically to nonprofit organizations.

    Wake Forest University is pleased to offer the course as a place to build community, hone skills, network and grow together.

    We appreciate this opportunity to partner with you and hope you’ll be able to join us for a great journey together.


  • Certificate Eligibility & Professional Credits

    Certificate Eligibility

    Participants attending all sessions and successfully completing all required coursework within the course time-frame (September 2020 through May 2021) are eligible to receive a Wake Forest University Certificate.

    The Wake Forest University Certificates Program is an open-enrollment, non-credit bearing program.

    We invite you to contact us with questions or for more detail.

    Preapproved Professionals Credits


    CFRECertified Fund Raising Executive 
                  Setting standards in philanthropy
    Full participation in the Wake Forest University Professional Certificate for
    -Nonprofit Essentials is applicable for 27 points
    -Leading Change is applicable for 24 points
    in Category 1.B – Education of the CFREInternational application for initial certification and/or recertification.

    Other CFRE approved Professional Certificate Courses:


    SHRMSociety for Human Resource Management
    Wake Forest University’s Professional Certificate Program is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 27 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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