The Ascending Leadership Certificate

David Chiles enrolled in the Ascending Leadership Cerificate in January 2012 when he was the Senior Manager of Volunteers at Philabundance. In Spring 2012, he was hired as the Executive Director of the Providence Center in North Philadelphia. David explains:

“I applied to the program because I knew that I wanted to take on more leadership in an organization. I didn’t have a degree in the nonprofit field. I like learning experientially, so NELI was a perfect fit.  The program also gives you an opportunity to reflect on gifts and challenges you will bring to a leadership position. The program exceeded my expectations. It helped me gain a realistic sense of what I knew and what I still needed to learn about leadership.”

Program Description:

The Ascending Leadership Certificate is designed to prepare middle managers for the great leap in mindset that must occur when they move from managing a department to leading an organization.This training program is focused on analyzing organizational systems and business functions.

Workshops target the organization’s culture, its strategic planning processes, its internal leadership development, its financial and fundraising systems, the strength of its infrastructure, and its organizational accountability.  Ascending Leaders will also learn steps for effective career planning.

Have any Questions?

If you have questions about our program or our application process, please contact Margie DuBrow, Director, at or 610-520-2650.