Management Fellows is an advanced professional fellowship program that prepares new generations of non-profit managers to lead their organizations with confidence and knowledge.

Candidates must be both experienced and promising, and have served in their current roles long enough to have a command of their responsibilities.  Fellows include non-profit professionals in development and related fields (alumni affairs, public relations) who are managers.  First priority is given to qualified alumni of the DLC Annual Fellows Program. Ten Management Fellows will be admitted to each year’s class.

The program meets for ten sessions, September through June, from 6:00–9:00 p.m., one Thursday per month.

Sample session topics: finding the right job; supporting/engaging institutional leaders in development; building, leading and managing a team; institutional strategic planning and its relationship to fundraising; designing and implementing a special campaign; and developing a principal gift program.

Esteemed guest speakers have included: Rebecca Girvin-Argon, Associate State Director for Advancement, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois; LauraJane Hyde, CEO, Gilda’s Club Chicago; Rick King, President, Kittleman & Associates; Chuck Lewis, Life Trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Amherst College and Trustee, University of Chicago; and Michael McPherson, President, The Spencer Foundation.

Program Facilitator: Tom Wick, Chief Advancement Officer, University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute, has spent over 25 years in higher education fundraising and alumni relations. Before arriving at the University of Chicago in 2004, Wick worked at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College, Macalester College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in positions that ranged from Director of the Annual Fund, Director of Development, Associate Vice President of Development, and Dean of Development and Alumni Relations. In each role, Wick worked closely with trustees, the president, volunteers, and colleagues to raise the resources the institution needed to fulfill its mission more effectively. Tom Wick is the founding facilitator of the Management Fellows Program for the Development Leadership Consortium.

“Tom’s commitment to giving extends to his personal life and he promotes the paradigms of good philanthropic practice and mentors younger professionals. I gained a tremendous amount of experience from the Management Fellows that is directly applicable to my current career. Tom introduced us to leaders and ran through problem solving scenarios that all top fundraisers must know how to handle – everything from campaign planning, to board development, to managing your staff. I was impressed with the insightful feedback Tom provided and the material I worked on in that course make up my management toolkit today. I highly recommend the program to anyone interested in learning more about the industry from a true professional at the top of his craft.” – Eric Horner, 2009 Management Fellows participant

Professional CFRE Certified: The Development Leadership Consortium’s Management Fellows Program is an approved Continuing Education provider through CFRE International. Full participation in the Management Fellows Program is applicable for 32 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Cost: The fee of $1,000 for each participant covers all meals and expenses, except transportation. Some scholarships are available.

Application: Applications will be accepted from April 1 through June 1, 2014.  Download the application HERE.

Open House: Interested candidates are invited to attend an Open House on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Feinberg School of Medicine. It will be an informal opportunity to learn more about the program and to meet program facilitator, Tom Wick. To RSVP for the May 1st Open House, please contact Kristin Pollock at Kindly respond by April 25.

Questions? Please contact Management Fellows liaison Kristin Pollock at


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