Join NEW for a leadership training experience that will offer you the all-important resources, training, consultation, and support to improve sustainability, efficiency, and impact as a leader in Southeast Michigan’s nonprofit sector. Nearly 300 leaders and over100 organizations have participated in this program over the years – we hope you will do so, too! We continually update our content and bring in new partners to offer fresh perspectives on subjects being discussed by leadership experts, such as creating cultures of inclusion and belonging. Grow professionally and expand your network by applying for the next cohort, launching on February 28th, 2020.

Nearly 300 leaders and over 100 organizations have participated in this program over the years.

Applications for our Spring 2020 cohort are now closed. Please check back in August 2020 to apply for the next series. 

Through our extensive experience working with nonprofits over the past quarter-century, the NEW team has recognized that organizations are faced by many challenges that cannot be sufficiently addressed through one-off workshops or retreats.  Leadership DELI is our way of attending to those complex gaps, such as:

  • The challenge nonprofit leaders face finding opportunities and space to reflect upon and learn about the larger, more holistic challenges they face in their positions and organizations. Our leaders need space and time to focus on the bigger picture, and to process what they learn in a supportive environment.
  • The constraints placed on organizations by limitations on human capacity, time, money, and other resources often force professional development to the bottom of the list of priorities.  By investing in one’s leadership development through programs like Leadership DELI, nonprofit professionals get the chance to adopt new practices and perspectives into their work, as well as experiencing the impact continued education can have on improving performance.
  • The loneliness of leadership.  Our leaders are often expected to have all the answers, all of the time.  This expectation is burdensome and tiring; no one can be expected to know it all. By working and learning together over the course of several months, leaders expand their networks, which allows them to both know and do so much more than they can alone. 
Leadership DELI is an intensive leadership development program intended to help nonprofit organizations improve their impact by providing leaders with access to high-quality professional resources, tools and training.  Since 2014, hundreds of participants in the program have benefitted from the opportunity to develop their own personal leadership skills, as well as gain knowledge and new tools to advance their organization’s goals. The program is guided by four objectives:

  1. Participants will gain new tools or knowledge to improve leadership skills across seven content areas
  2. Participants will engage in a supportive environment for ongoing learning
  3. Participants will strengthen their relationships with other nonprofit leaders in southeast Michigan
  4. Participants will have an interest in continued exploration of the content covered in the program.

Leadership DELI 8 (the newest cohort) will run from February through June 2020, with sessions held approximately once every three weeks.

Leadership DELI 8
Date Time Content Location
January 10th
LD8 – Application Closes


January 31st

LD8 – Application Closes


February 10th 

LD8 – Participant Selection


February 28th

8am – 4pm LD8 – Session 1 (Kick-Off & Visioning)

Arab American National Museum – The Annex

13624 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48126



March 20th

8am – 12:30pm LD8 – Session 2 (Leadership Styles)

Arab American National Museum – The Annex

13624 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48126


April 17th

8am – 12:30pm LD8 – Session 3 (Building Your Team)

Arab American National Museum – The Annex

13624 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48126


May 1st

8am – 12:30pm LD8 – Session 4 (Bottom-Line Change)

Arab American National Museum – The Annex

13624 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48126



May 22nd

8am – 12:30pm LD8 – Session 5 (Human-Centered Design)

Arab American National Museum – The Annex

13624 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48126


May 27th

6pm – 8pm LD8 – Social TBD


June 5th

8am – 12:30pm LD8 – Session 6 (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)

Arab American National Museum – The Annex

13624 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48126


June 26th

8am – 1pm LD8 – Session 7 (Story-telling & Show ‘n Tell)

Arab American National Museum – The Annex

13624 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48126

Each nonprofit selected to participate in Leadership DELI will be afforded the opportunity to send one or two representatives from their organization. It is highly encouraged that participants attend all sessions, not missing more than two. The curriculum is intensive, and later sessions build off of the content of earlier sessions. In addition, consistent attendance by the same participants builds a stronger cohort of participants over the duration of the program.

This series of Leadership DELI is grounded in developing and refining a vision for the future, with the understanding that leaders are people with a vision that others can get behind and help them realize. Each of the sessions is designed to help participants build on their visions, give them insight into how to better implement them, and communicate them to the world. The program culminates in an opportunity for participants to share their vision with their colleagues.

Friday, February 28th (morning) – Welcome Retreat
Kick-off Leadership DELI by meeting the cohort and engaging in a conversation surrounding the goals and objectives of both you, individually as a leader, and your organization as a whole! At this engaging and fun session, you will meet your fellow cohort members, get a good idea of the work to come, and solidify your aspirations for this program.

Friday, February 28th (afternoon) – Visioning (Timo Anderson, Zingtrain)
Make time to figure out where you really want to go. 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 believers in the power of visioning and why we teach it throughout our organization. Our approach applies on any scale – from articulating the future of your organization in 20 years to figuring out a successful in-store promotion. We believe visioning is why we are successful. Come get inspired. And then get going!

Friday, March 20th – Positive Leadership (Dave Mayer, University of Michigan Center for Positive Organizations)
Most organizations operate in a deficit mindset—trying to reduce the bad that exists. In this session we’ll take a different perspective by focusing on and enhancing the good at your workplace. Drawing on the science of positive leadership, we will do a variety of exercises and have discussions aimed at making your organization positively deviant—departing from the norm but in admirable ways such as displaying excellence, resilience, and virtuousness. At the end of the session you will understand the value of a positive mindset for your organization as well as gain knowledge of several concrete practices you can implement to bring out the best in your employees.

Friday, April 17th – Adopting a Talent Mindset (Lila Asante-Appiah, Purposeful Pursuits)
Are you striving to build your team and get the best out of your employees? What do you find most challenging; identifying the best talent, motivating and developing your staff, creating a performance development environment, or all of the above? In this interactive session, participants will gain insight and actionable tools that can be immediately implemented within their organization. We will first touch on best practice techniques that will enable you to hire and place the right person in the right role at the right time. We all know that hiring the right person is a critical step but is only the beginning, so we will delve into how to motivate individuals on your team to improve their self-confidence and performance. When applying techniques to promote intrinsic motivation, you will want to step back and focus on the group by leveraging high performance team principles. As we bring it all together, a focus will be placed on the importance of continuously developing your team using the 4E’s – education, experience, exposure, and evaluation. We will close the session by sharing leadership behaviors that support and positively enable staff development efforts.

Friday, May 1st – Bottom-Line Change (Timo Anderson, Zingtrain)
Some people love change. Most people don’t. Delving deeper into the reasons that some people love change, one is likely to discover that they’re (p)referring to being the creators of the change, rather than the recipients of it! No matter which change camp they fall in – most people are in agreement that change is challenging. Creating it. Having it “done to” you. Making it stick. Helping it work. Change is challenging. At Zingerman’s we’ve learned that there will always be change to deal with and so we came up with a recipe for change – one that we can teach, practice, refine and reuse. We call it Bottom Line Change®. We use it to roll out all the changes in our organization – no matter how big or small they are. Whether we’re moving the office printer or opening a new business we’ve found that using the Bottom Line Change recipe makes it a lot less stressful for all involved, a lot more likely to stick and best of all, it gets the people in the organization rooting for its success!

Friday, May 22nd – Building Empathy Through Design Thinking (Deborah Parizek and Kirsten Bondalapati, Henry Ford Learning Institute)
Connecting with important stakeholders is vital for leaders across all industries, sectors and organizations, regardless of their size. In this session, guest presenters from Henry Ford Learning Institute will share their expertise in human-centered design (Design Thinking) to introduce you to strategies that can help you build deeper empathy for and improved understanding of important people in your immediate team or organization, communities and/or clients. This connection and understanding enables you to approach problems and relationships with new perspectives and engage with these stakeholders meaningfully. HFLI defines Design Thinking as a collection of methods and mindsets that allow us to reframe problems and act on them. Design Thinking can deepen content knowledge, teach critical thinking skills, strengthen innovative mindsets, and develop creative confidence. This workshop will provide a high-level introduction to Design Thinking, or Human-Centered Design, along with a deeper dive into nontraditional tools for connecting with stakeholders to better understand their needs. As a participant, you will be able to take these tools back to your nonprofit to creatively engage with clients and other stakeholders in service of transformational solutions.

Friday, June 5th– Creating Cultures of Belonging (Yodit Mesfin Johnson and Melvin Henley, NEW)
Inclusion, equity and diversity are not just moral imperatives they are values that great leaders see as imperative to their organizations success. Explore how organizational performance and community impact (e.g., issues around governance, executive leadership, community engagement, effectiveness of programs) are tied to these principles and what you can do to act or accelerate on this work in your organization. We’ll discuss topics of unconscious bias, operating at a high level of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at all ranks, but especially on the board and at the executive level, compensation and pay equity, clear advancement pathways + mentoring/support and mutually beneficial and respectful relationships. Feel free to share and brainstorm barriers you’re experiencing to achieving these greater levels of DE&I and possible interventions to address these barriers. This work is best achieved when we understand our roles as Individuals in promoting greater DEI in our organizations, so come prepared for some personal development too!

Friday, June 26th – Telling Your Story (Lara Zielin, Bold Type Copywriting for Nonprofits) & Conclusion
Imagine people clicking on your website and saying, “Heck yeah, I want to support this organization!” What if your open rate on your emails was over sixty percent? Picture news organizations coming to you for a change. All this is possible by breaking down your vision and helping people outside your organization understand the core of what you do—without fussiness, vague-sounding academic words, or meaningless filler. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to bring emotion and impact to your copy, while still keeping it crystal clear and readable. You’ll learn which stories to focus on, and which to leave by the wayside. And you’ll get formulas and templates that will help you plug in powerful words that will leave your audiences inspired and ready to connect. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a roadmap for bringing your vision to life through great copy—whether online, in a brochure, in a letter, or other medium.

Are you ready to be the Lizzo of nonprofits and own your story and shine in the way that’s undeniably YOU? Grab your pen and let’s do this!

The program starts with a bang: we begin our time together with a fun and engaging Kickoff Session. Participants will have the opportunity to define their personal and organizational goals for the program, deepen their understanding of what’s to come in Leadership DELI, and discuss how to maximize their experience in the program.  In addition (and very importantly!), they will have the chance to get to know others in the cohort, the other nonprofit leader they will be learning alongside throughout the series.

The next 7 four-hour sessions follows the schedule above. This program is designed with the idea that participants will fully engage in the program, missing no more than 2 of the 7 sessions.  Each session is focused on a particular topic and is facilitated by a content expert. In recognition of NEW’s ability to amplify its impact through partnerships with purpose, NEW has collaborated with leading experts in the community such as ZingTrain, Henry Ford Learning Institute, Purposeful Pursuits, Bold Type Copywriting for Nonprofits, and the University of Michigan to bring innovative and relevant content to program participants. These partnerships are an opportunity to share business and leadership training with grassroots and established nonprofits in Southeast Michigan with a particular focus and understanding of the nonprofit perspective.

In between sessions, participants are asked to reflect on action steps that they identify based on the content they have learned.  Leadership DELI is NOT intended to be a passive experience for participants; individuals are expected to try out new ideas, tools, and concepts outside of the sessions and share their new knowledge and perspectives with colleagues.  At the end of the program, every participant will demonstrate what they’ve learned with a presentation to the rest of the cohort.

The program fee for Leadership DELI is $1,000 for each organization, regardless if they send one or two representatives.  Payment for each organization  is due by February 17th, 2020, either by check or credit card.  Scholarship opportunities may be available, and will be awarded after the selection committee has completed its application review. In your application, please indicate if you are seeking a scholarship and if you are unable to participate if the scholarship is not made available to you. Also, please note that NEW is more than willing to work out a payment plan (i.e. monthly payments); if this is required, we also ask that you capture this point within the application.

This program is a good fit for you if:

  1. You are a leader or emerging leader within your nonprofit organization
  2. You are interested in developing best practices in leadership for the benefit of your nonprofit organization

Information gathered in the application will remain completely confidential and only members of the Leadership DELI Selection Committee will review the submissions.

The Selection Committee is looking for an intentional mix of diverse nonprofits in terms of leadership, operating budget, years in operation, and geographic location and scope. In addition, the selection committee is seeking organizations that will have participants who can fully participate in the program, not missing more than two sessions. The committee will use a rubric based on this criteria to guide the selection process. This rubric will also take into consideration the thoughtfulness and detail with which the applicants respond to the items soliciting a narrative response.

“NEW and DELI effortlessly connected our organization to the nonprofit world in Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan. It was a thoughtful and in-depth learning opportunity. Learning begets learning and I’ve continued to learn about leadership beyond DELI.” – Riverside Arts Center


“The NEW TEAM was absolutely AMAZING!  I felt the team was very organized, timelines were followed and made sure we followed our “norms” in each cohort.  I always felt we were in a safe environment to express themselves which allowed everyone to participate.” – Henry Ford Learning Institute


“Think their approach to how the sessions are ran are (sic) quite original. Between the items on the table to the plethora of food and encouragement to stand. These options alone let you know that they have really look into identifying effective ways to keep participants engaged.” – The Corner Health Center


“(I have appreciated) The opportunity to collaborate with others non-profit organizations in our community. The chance to use resources provided to improve our leadership skills and ultimately improve the overall performance of our staff. This allows us the luxury of then providing fantastic service to the families who chose to trust us with their most precious investment, their children.” – Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County


“I took away real ‘nuggets’, from simple things, such as using a ‘Liked Best, Next Time’ evaluation model after events, to connecting deeper with some organizations through meeting their staff at DELI.” – Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center

Leadership DELI is and has been supported by:

ACCESS Community Health & Research Center
Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
Arab American National Museum
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Avalon Housing
Best Buddies Michigan
Brilliant Detroit
Center for Automotive Research
Center for Success Network
Child Care Network
Chrysalis Biodynamic Agricultural Learning Center
Community Action Network
Forgotten Harvest
GreenPath Financial Wellness
Growing Hope
HighScope Educational Research Foundation
House by the Side of the Road
Huron River Watershed Council
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
Lighthouse of Oakland County
Michigan Community Resources
Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency
National Network of Depression Centers
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
Packard Health
School Community Health Alliance of Michigan
SOS Community Services
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
Student Advocacy Center
The Corner Health Center
The NOAH Project
We the People Opportunity Center
Ypsilanti Freighthouse
Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

ACCESS Community Health & Research Center
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels
Ann Arbor YMCA
Arab American National Museum
The Ark
Avalon Housing
CAN’s Bryant Community Center
Center for Automotive Research
Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE)
Child Care Network
Community Resource Center, Inc.
The Corner Health Center
Detroit Institute for Arts
Educate Youth
Ele’s Place
Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County
Fresh Start Clubhouse
Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan
Henry Ford Learning Institute
Jewish Family Services
Junior League of Ann Arbor
Metro Solutions
Michigan Community Health Workers Alliance (MiCHWA)
Michigan Community Resources
North Rosedale Park Civic Association
Packard Health
Riverside Arts Center
Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
Sinai-Grace Guild CDC
Southwest Solutions
SOS Community Services
Student Advocacy Center of Michigan
United Way of Washtenaw County
Wayne County Safe

Aid in Milan
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County
Child Care Network
Community Family Learning Centers
Community Resource Center, Inc.
Corner Health Center
Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College
Faith in Action
Food Gatherers
Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County
Growing Hope
HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Home of New Vision
Hope Medical Clinic, Inc.
Mentor 2 Youth
Michigan Ability Partners
Michigan Advocacy Program
Milan Seniors for Healthy Living
Peace Neighborhood Center
Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors

Arab American National Museum
A Beautiful Me
Apple Playschools
Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
Bravo Foundation
Build Institute
Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
Detroit Skating Club
FLY Children’s Art Center
FoodLab Detroit
Forgotten Harvest
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
New Center Community Services
SOS Community
The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s
The Pink Fund
The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan
Vanguard Community Development Corporation

Ann Arbor Film Festival
Avalon Housing, Inc.
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor
Community Action Network
Dawn Farm
Ecology Center
Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
Huron River Watershed Council
Leslie Science & Nature Center
Neutral Zone
Ozone House
Slow Food Huron Valley
The Corner Health Center
The Dispute Resolution Center
Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

Here’s what they said about Leadership DELI and its impact on their organization:

“It was great.  We took so many things back to our org and will be implementing over time.  Most useful was probably making the connection between value prop/business model/vision/plan.”

“That we are actually on track and already doing a majority of the lessons outlined.  Learn how to maximize our existing work and processes.”

“Appreciated these courses very much!  Like the courses on Tuesdays so we had Monday to get caught up on the weekend and set up success for our class the next day.  Great trainers and food!  Thank you so very much for making this a possibility and all of your hard work.”

“The session on training was life changing for our organization.  I am much better at explaining things now.”

“That persistence is key.  And being a leader in whatever areas you are working, matters to the overall effort.  It takes the whole team and doesn’t fall to one person or role.”