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Nonprofit Board Leadership Program 2014-2015. Wharton Leadership Program Information Session. Wharton Leadership Program Mission. To develop leaders who act with a deeper understanding of themselves, their organizations, and their communities, and contribute positively to the growth of each.

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nonprofit board leadership program 2014 2015
Nonprofit Board Leadership Program 2014-2015

Wharton Leadership Program

Information Session

wharton leadership program mission
Wharton Leadership Program Mission

To develop leaders who act with a deeper understanding of themselves, their organizations, and their communities, and contribute positively to the growth of each.

nblp program overview
NBLP Program Overview
  • Vision
    •   To be the experiential leadership development program at Wharton that educates MBA students on nonprofit board governance. 
  • Mission
    • To develop MBA students as leaders who seek a life-long commitment to community involvement and board service, resulting in value creation for nonprofit organizations and communities.
nonprofit board leadership team
Nonprofit Board Leadership Team

Justine Wu

NBLP Coordinator WG ‘15

Patrick Assini

NBLP Coordinator WG ‘15

Anna Raven-Hansen

NBLP Coordinator WG ‘15

Erin Goubiere

NBLP Coordinator WG ‘15

Dan Kaufman

Associate Director, NBLP

board fellow role
Board Fellow Role
  • 1-year commitment
  • Approximate time commitment is 10-15 hours per month
  • Support mission and vision of a local non-profit board as non-voting board member
  • Develop relationships within your nonprofit and Board Fellow community
  • Participate in trainings, speaker events, and case discussions in addition to attending board and committee meetings
nblp coordinator role
NBLP Coordinator Role

As “Fellows to the Fellows”, be a peer leader for the next two years in a role that builds and maintains close relationships with the class of Board Fellows.

Shape program through recruitment, selection, and development of Board Fellows community culture

Mentor 10 Board Fellows through challenges in monthly pod and one-on-one meetings – e.g., managing board conflicts, role discussions, etc.

nblp structure
NBLP Structure



Philadelphia connections

Fellow selection

Weekly meetings

Content expertise


Mastermind meetings





Pod meetings


Community building

board fellow commitment
Board Fellow Commitment

Selected students need to sign a contract and meet the following requirements:


Class of 2015 Kickoff

March 20th– pre-Pub

all training sessions

April 4th or 18th– 9am-4pm

August 22nd and 23rd– 9am-5pm

all board and relevant committee meetings

Pod meetings

Mastermind meetings

4th Tuesday of each month, September-April

Follow through on all commitments made to the nonprofit organization

Participate actively in the fellow community

Students may be removed from the program if terms of the agreement are not upheld

nonprofit placement
Nonprofit Placement
  • The Leadership Program works to develop and maintain partnerships with over 65 participating nonprofit organizations
  • Boards range in areas of focus, lifecycle stage, and size
  • Placements are based on students’ interests in the missions of the nonprofit organizations
    • Students are asked to select six potential organizations
    • A critical factor to a successful match in this program and in future involvement is that you are passionate about the mission
key dates
Key Dates

Application due Tuesday, February 4 at 11:59 pm

Submit online through ApplicantStack

Interviews will be held February 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18

Decisions will be announced at the end of February

Mandatory Dates

March 20

April 4 or 18

August 22-23

board fellow application
Board Fellow Application

Written application submitted online

Four essay questions

Due 11:59 PM February 4, 2014

LATE APPLICATIONS will NOT be accepted

Some applicants will be invited for interviews

An individual must be interviewed in order to be selected as a Fellow

Typically 120 students apply for 40 positions