Time To Lead

Sessions occur in October 2024.

*Participants must attend both sessions and represent a verified 501(c)(3) organization.

Excellence in Leadership for Non-Profits is a leadership program being offered by Interstates at our Sioux Falls, SD, location. It is geared toward non-profit leaders who desire to build and/or enhance their leadership skills. We realize there are many leadership conferences you could choose to attend. We invite you to learn from our team in a small group setting as our way of giving back to the communities that we serve.

We will share openly from our teams' experience the strategies, resources, and tools we have developed over the years that have made a significant impact on the growth of our people, both as leaders and individuals. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for you:

Leadership Essentials

Start with working through skills that make a difference.

Individual Growth

Dedicated time for personal goal-setting and reflecting on how your personality impacts your leadership style.


Focus on giving and receiving feedback and leaning into tough conversations.

Session Topics

Building from our own internal Excellence in Leadership program, we're planning a number of topics, including:

DAY 1 | October 1, 2024

8:30 am - 4:30 pm | Interstates - Sioux Falls, SD

In Leadership Essentials, we dig into Leadership vs. Management. Both are important, but understanding when each is necessary is key to being an outstanding leader.

Time to network with peers is integral to personal and professional growth. This will be an opportunity to learn from one another.

Lunch will be provided.

Learn about yourself, how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems.  This session will focus on how you can leverage the information from your personal DISC assessment to develop stronger relationships.

Participants will be invited to complete a DISC assessment prior to the event. Results from your assessment will be shared with you during the DISC Download session. Information and invitations to complete the assessment will follow closer to the event.

Psychological safety is a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes. We'll discuss this key component to leading your team well and encouraging idea generation.

Using the SMART goal format, set goals for yourself to apply the topics discussed in Session One.

DAY 2 | October 22, 2024

8:30 am - 4:00 pm | Interstates - Sioux Falls, SD

Feedback is a key component to great leadership. Learn how to develop trusting feedback relationships to assist, support, confront, and encourage team members.

Some topics can be hard to navigate as a team. Learn about different issue processing models to get yourself traction in conversation and move in the right direction.

Lunch will be provided, and you will have another opportunity to network with your non-profit peers.

Learn what the conversation ‘sweet spot’ is and how to get there when confronted with a tough conversation. Delivering corrective feedback is very different than giving/receiving general feedback. We’ll discuss how to navigate these difficult conversations while respecting the working relationship.

This is your time to ask Interstates leaders anything that's on your mind. We cover a lot of material in our time together and this is an opportunity to ask how our leaders are implementing the concepts.

Event Participation

We aim to keep the cohort smaller in size to encourage interaction and idea exchange between attendees. Multiple people from the same organization can certainly apply to attend, but we will ask that attendance be limited to two individuals per organization.

What People Are Saying

My experience with EIL was positive. There were a lot of concepts that I learned about as a brand-new concept; also, a lot of things that I maybe have heard before, but I was able to think about how I could apply them day-to-day. It was also just positive to connect with the other non-profit organizations.

Amy McAlphine, EIL Graduate 2021, Promise Community Health Center

Apply Here

The application for upcoming sessions is now open! If you'd like to apply, please provide us with a few details.

Can you attend both sessions (October 1st and 22nd - in person in Sioux Falls)?
Is your organization a registered 501(c)3?
Classifications - see 501c3 sub categories below (select all the apply)