Focused as “A Pathway to CEO,” this program is an accelerated year-long leadership development experience, designed for senior-level professionals (vice presidents, C-suite) that have demonstrated results and capacity to lead United Way. The program provides United Way professionals with a robust and intensive leadership development learning to help them strengthen their competencies and improve performance in their current positions, as well as prepare them for advancement in the United Way network.




If you are a high-performing vice president, C-suite executive or experienced senior director with a minimum of 2 years of experience at United Way, this program is for you. Senior-level leaders must be nominated by their CEO/executive director.

Participation in this year-long leadership series is $5,500.

Due to exchange rates and membership agreements with our international United Ways, we are offering a 30% discount to attendees from the International Network.

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. 

Limited scholarships available.

NOTE: The majority of the cost of United Way's leadership programs is subsidized by United Way Worldwide.


This year-long program will be delivered in 3 sessions and help participants achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Increase self-awareness and self-confidence through leadership assessments and executive coaching
  • Strengthen the competency of building and managing effective relationships
  • Learn essential skills for communicating effectively through intensive media and public speaking training
  • Know how to run masterful meetings, a skill critical for effectively optimizing the time and engagement of various audiences

NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Advanced Leadership Program will be delivered virtually with no additional time commitments. Each session will be divided into 4-hour time blocks and carried out over several weeks. 


"ALP was an amazing experience, especially having to endure 2020 as part of the program. As a team we learned what it truly meant to be flexible and shifting on the fly; individually we learned that there is always so much more inside you to get the task achieved. What can you expect from the ALP program? You can expect the absolute best training in the world to help shape you as a leader both immediately and as you grow in your career. You will learn that true leadership comes from within and how you react with the outside world dictates the type of leader you are perceived to be. I started ALP with the expectation of being a better leader and helping me hone my skills. What I left with was a much better version of myself...a version that I couldn't even comprehend until I completed the program."

Dallas Mudd, Vice President of Operations, United Way of Northwest Arkansas


We'd love to share more information about this program with you! You can either email with a specific question, visit United Way Online (accessible to United Way Network staff only) or sign up below to receive more information about this program.