Participants will head out on a 6-month journey over three (virtual) live classroom sessions focused on the self, organization and team, and the community. These classroom sessions are complemented by leadership assessments and executive coaching.

Further, participants will be invited to "intersession" opportunities such as panels with CEOs, review of content, and meetings with special guests. The program is underpinned by a Key Leadership Challenge that each Executive Leader brings with them and focuses on throughout the program's entirety, which culminates in a presentation for review by peers. 




Presidents, CEOs, and Executive Directors with a minimum of two (2) years of experience in their role may apply for this program upon receiving Board support of their participation.

Participation in this virtual leadership series is $10,000 for United Way staff in the United States and $5,000 for United Way staff outside of the United States.

As you plan, keep in mind that this event is eligible for flexible credit use! Check out the flexible credit policy (United Way Online access required) for details about flexible credits. 


Program topics include:

  • Module 1: “Leading the Self" 
    (A confident, self-aware leader with a clear sense of purpose and direction.)
    • The United Way Leader
    • Who Am I as a Leader?
    • What is my Vision and Purpose?
    • Emotional Intelligence and Self-Awareness
    • Change Leadership
  • Module 2: “Leading the Organization"  
    (An empowered leader with a clear vision, who leads an organization with a clear vision and strategy that influences the assets of the organization forward for the mission.)
    • A Focus on Strategy
    • Deloitte University Leadership Lab
    • Change Leadership: Building a High-Performing Board and a High-Performing Team
    • Modeling Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: organizational equity
    • Executive Influence
  • Module 3: “Leading the Community” 
    (Awareness of positioning, role, and opportunity within communities for United Way's mission.)
    • Understanding and Engaging Community
    • Equitable outcomes in Impact
    • How are we Perceived? Individual and Organizational Presence
    • Key Leadership Challenge - Presentations


“I am so blessed to have been a part of this [ELDP]. I feel like a better person, a better leader and a better collaborator. I loved each piece of the program.” 

Janel Donohue, President and CEO of Rappahannock United Way


We'd love to share more information about this program with you! You can either email talent@unitedway.org with a specific question, visit our UWO page for more info and application process, or Complete your Application Packet now!