Cohort 5
The application period for Cohort 5 is closed, and our selection committee is reviewing submitted applications. Applicants selected to participate in the program will be notified of their acceptance the week of January 4.

If you're interested in participating in Cohort 5 or have questions regarding your application, please contact Samantha Stankowicz, Program Director, at
Program Components
By participating in the program, you will receive:

  • 30 hours of highly practical curriculum that combines executive education, cohort learning, and meaningful applied learning experiences.
  • Tracked learning and small group discussion with peers, facilitated by select experts in fields of interest.
  • Three one-on-one coaching sessions to focus on your own leadership and unique board service experiences.
  • Cohort learning, cross-sector collaboration, and peer networking with up to 45 selected outstanding volunteer leaders of local and national organizations across North America.
  • Priority access to continued development opportunities, Boardified resources and services, and peer networking.
  • A Kellogg Nonprofit Executive Education Certificate upon completion of the program.
    Leading practitioners in the Jewish sector and award-winning Kellogg faculty members facilitate academic sessions, applied learning, small group discussion, and panels of community leaders. You will learn foundational best practices in board leadership and explore innovative strategies to respond to crises and prepare your board for long-term success.

    We will cover a broad range of topics, all of which will help make your board work more meaningful:
    Thematic Tracks
    You will also choose a thematic track for small group discussion and applied learning. Tracks will be organized by sub-sectors of work within the nonprofit field and will be facilitated by leading experts and practitioners.

    Tracks will be finalized based on participants' interests but initial offerings may include:

    Day Schools – This track will build on the BMI curriculum and provide greater focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by Jewish day school volunteer leaders.
    Camps – Guided by our colleagues at the Foundation for Jewish Camp, this track will feature facilitated sessions for volunteer leaders of Jewish day and overnight camps.
    Women's Leadership – This track will focus on the unique opportunities and challenges that face women who serve as volunteer leaders in our community. Selected participants of this track will engage with a top provider in the leadership sector to supplement the BMI experience, cultivate their talent, and nourish their goals.
    General Applied Learning – This track is for individuals who would like curriculum that is widely applicable to board service in the Jewish sector and/or are not currently serving on the board of a Jewish nonprofit.
    Program Schedule
    We know that everyone is wearing more and more hats these days. We also know that Zoom fatigue is real. That is why we have curated the curriculum over six months:
    Program tuition is $4,000, with the understanding that each participant is personally responsible for at least $1,000. The balance may be covered by the participant, the participant's organization, the participant's employer, or another independent funder like a federation, foundation, or individual donor. Limited financial assistance is available upon request. Please contact Samantha Stankowicz, Program Director, at for more information.
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