Intensive, Week-long Leadership Institutes at the University of Delaware

The next Leadership Institute is January 12-17, 2020. Please see detailed information [click here].

The Leadership Institutes are co-sponsored by:

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, The ANCOR Foundation, Qlarant, The Council on Quality and Leadership, and The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services.

The American Network of Community Options and Resources Foundation 
The Council on Quality and Leadership 
Human Services Research Institute 

National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services 


Why a Leadership Institute?

A crisis is looming in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities. Fully two-thirds of current CEOs and executive directors of nonprofit organizations and an equal number of government senior managers, anticipate remaining in their positions for five years or fewer. Many leaders of disability organizations are reaching retirement age and there is not a next generation of leaders prepared to move into these positions. In a recent study of intellectual/developmental disability organizations by The University of Delaware, over 50% of the CEOs surveyed did not have a succession plan for their organizations. Almost without exception, the leadership crisis has been a major topic of focus at recent conferences for intellectual/developmental disability professionals.

While some generic non-profit management and leadership courses are available nationally, none exist that are specific to leaders in the complex and changing field of intellectual/developmental disabilities services. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities recognizes the responsibility to respond to this emerging crisis partnering with eleven major intellectual/developmental disability organizations we offer a range of development opportunities for emerging leaders in the intellectual/developmental disabilities field. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities is best known for our intensive, week-long Leadership Institutes which are offered at the University of Delaware and at other locations nationally and internationally.

What do Leadership Institutes Offer?

The Leadership Institutes run by The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities offer a select group of future leaders from organizations across the United States and internationally, the opportunity to come together with a renowned faculty of national experts on progressive supports for people with disabilities. The Institutes support the development of skilled leaders who are passionate about quality, have the leadership, management and financial skills needed to run solid not-for-profit businesses and government agencies, are capable of assembling top-notch teams of caring staff, and have a solid commitment to progressive values that assure lives of meaning and impact for people who choose to receive support. The Leadership Institutes emphasize participation and collaboration. Extensive reading and structured assignments are required. Written assignments and individual and group participation during the week are essential.

A highlight of the course for past participants has been the relationships that are built over the week-long experience. Participants will leave with a network of colleagues and enduring relationships with some of the most influential leaders in the field.

The focus of the Leadership Institutes is on supporting participants to determine and set direction to move their organization to a high-performance model and build a lifetime network of peers and leaders to sustain career growth.

Applications are now open! Click here to apply.

To learn more about the Leadership Institute, e-mail Kristen Loomis at