Lead with vision 

Kate Levin Markel, McGregor Fund

Now is your moment: There has never been a better time for bold, visionary leadership. Going against the grain can be difficult, but leaders who have space to learn from, support and inspire one another can do more than they ever could alone.

Since 2014, Leadership DELI has helped nearly 300 leaders and 100 organizations improve their impact. Over several months, this rigorous-yet-nurturing cohort experience creates space for leaders to reflect, hear fresh perspectives and develop their visions for the future.

Applications for Leadership DELI 2022 are now closed. Click the button at the bottom of this page to sign up for direct updates on the next cohort.

“Leadership DELI effortlessly connected our organization to the nonprofit world in Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan. It was a thoughtful and in-depth learning opportunity.” 

Riverside Arts Center

Dave Serio
Arab American National Museum


Leadership DELI is an active learning experience for nonprofits of all stages and sizes. Across seven three-hour sessions, you’ll try out new ideas, tools and concepts and put them to work at your organization.

Along the way, you’ll:

  • Develop a vision for the future and support one another in moving towards these visions.
  • Gain new tools and knowledge to improve your leadership skills
  • Strengthen your relationships with other nonprofit leaders and connect to the broader nonprofit ecosystem in Southeast Michigan.

The cost for Leadership DELI is $1,000 per organization, which includes up to two participants.

Information on financial support is available on request.


In order to amplify NEW’s impact through purposeful partnerships, Leadership DELI convenes our community’s leading experts to share business and leadership lessons, including ZingTrain, Henry Ford Learning Institute, Purposeful Pursuits and the University of Michigan.

Kick-Off and Soul Care

In this engaging and fun session, you’ll meet the rest of your cohort. Together, you’ll solidify your aspirations and objectives for the program, and get a sense of what’s to come. 

Strong leaders are self-aware and centered. We’ll start by thinking through how we care for ourselves as leaders. Then, we’ll explore how we cultivate an ethic of compassion and human wholeness in our teams. Together, we’ll examine what’s most important in our work and how we accomplish it. 

Led by NEW


Doesn’t it just make sense that if you know where you want to end up, it will be easier to figure out how to get there? We think so too, which is why we are such proponents of visioning. Our approach applies on any scale—from articulating the future of your organization in 20 years to figuring out a successful marketing campaign. Get inspired, and then get going!

Led by ZingTrain

Positive Leadership

Most organizations operate in a deficit mindset—trying to reduce the bad that exists. In this session we’ll focus on and enhance the good at your workplace. We’ll draw on the science to help you understand the value of a positive mindset and provide several concrete practices for bringing out the best in your team.

Led by University of Michigan Center for Positive Organizations

Bottom-Line Change

Whether you love it or don’t, you probably agree that change is challenging. Creating it. Having it “done to” you. Making it stick. Helping it work. After learning that there will always be change to deal with, Zingerman’s came up with a recipe – Bottom Line Change® – that they use to roll out all organizational changes, from moving the office printer to opening a new business. Learn the recipe for making change a lot less stressful for all involved and a lot more likely to stick and, best of all, for getting people in the organization rooting for its success!

Led by ZingTrain

Building Empathy Through Design Thinking 

The search for transformational solutions requires us to creatively engage with clients and other stakeholders. In this session, Henry Ford Learning Institute shares their expertise in human-centered design (Design Thinking), a collection of methods that allow us to reframe problems and act on them. You’ll learn to approach problems and relationships with new perspectives and build deeper empathy for your team, organization, communities and/or clients.

Led by Henry Ford Learning Institute

Creating Cultures of Belonging

Important, complex questions lie before today’s leaders. How can we unlock the potential and possibility needed to radically transform our communities? How can we honor the ecosystem and the whole? How can we design and act in ways that bend the long arc of history towards balance and harmony? As leaders, we’re all being called to higher ground. We must help each other, and those we work alongside, to heal from collective harm. 

In this session, we’ll explore principles and practices for cultivating cultures of learning and courageous leadership.

*Please note that this session will require pre-reading.

Led by NEW

Communicating Your Vision

Throughout Leadership DELI, you’ll be encouraged to develop and refine your vision for the future. This final session will include an opportunity to share your vision with fellow cohort members, and to engage in dialogue around what it means to hold this vision, and where you are heading as a leader, as you move toward this vision.

Led by NEW

Willow Beier, Fresh Start Clubhouse


How are participants selected?

The selection committee aims to build a diverse cohort of nonprofits and leaders from across SE Michigan. This includes diversity of nonprofit type, size, operating budget, location, leadership experience, and vision for the future. All participants are expected to fully engage in all program sessions to cultivate a shared-learning space. You must be willing to learn, grow, and lean into discussions that challenge the status quo.

What is the 2022 Schedule?

We’re hoping the Spring 2022 Leadership DELI program can take place in-person. Our current plan is to gather at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI. Depending on the status of COVID-19 in our community, it’s possible that we may need to shift to a virtual format.

We’re exploring participants’ level of comfort with in-person gatherings in our application process and will use that feedback to guide our decision. Stay tuned for details in early January, after the application process is concluded



  • Friday, February 11th, 9am-12pm – Kickoff (NEW)
  • Friday, March 4th, 9am-12pm – Visioning (ZingTrain)
  • Friday, March 25th, 9am-12pm – Creating Cultures of Belonging (NEW)
  • Friday, April 8th, 9am-12pm – Bottom-Line Change (ZingTrain)
  • Friday, April 29th, 9am-12pm – Positive Leadership (UM Center for Positive Organizations)
  • Friday, May 13th, 9am-12pm – Building Empathy through Design Thinking (HFLI)
  • Friday, June 3rd, 9am-12pm – Communicating Your Vision (NEW)
What Does the Application Process Look Like?

Spring 2022 Leadership DELI applications will be open December 1 – 15, 2021 and includes a 2-step process. 

Step 1: Complete the Organizational Interest Form. In this form, you’ll share information about your nonprofit. You’ll also provide the contact information for up to 2 potential participants. Please complete this form by December 15th, 2021.

Step 2: Complete the Individual Application Form. In this form, you’ll share more about yourself and your specific interest in Leadership DELI. This will take place after you complete Step 1. People listed in the Organizational Interest Form will receive a direct link to the Individual Application Form. Individual Applications are due by January 9, 2022.

Decisions: Communicated on or around Friday, January 14, 2022.


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