Executive MBA Nonprofit Certificate

A new offering from Weatherhead in partnership with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences aims to enrich our EMBA class with a fruitful dialogue between members of the nonprofit community and members of the business community.

Predicated on the idea that the for-profit and nonprofit worlds each have valuable perspectives to offer, Weatherhead's new EMBA Nonprofit Certificate encourages the exchange of these perspectives within Case Western Reserve University. Weatherhead's proximity not only to our Case Western Reserve's partner school, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), but also to venerable nonprofits ranging from the Cleveland Museum of Art to Cleveland Clinic, means that students on campus cannot miss the importance of these institutions in our lives and our city's economy.

We hope that experienced professionals from the nonprofit sector as well the for-profit enterprises will pursue the EMBA Nonprofit Certificate to promote a mutually beneficial exchange of insights.

Nonprofit Scholarships

In 2013, Weatherhead was proud to admit two local nonprofit leaders to the EMBA program with 75% funding as the first recipients of the EMBA Nonprofit Certificate. These two accomplished professionals bring invaluable knowledge and perspective to share with colleagues from for-profit backgrounds, exemplifying the exchange of ideas we hope to stimulate with the EMBA Nonprofit Certificate.

Gina Morris, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Morris has extensive marketing, communication and brand-building experience. She has worked with private and public leaders, Fortune 100 brands, global brand agencies, government, nonprofits, professional sports teams, and major entertainment companies. Today, she leads brand identity evolution at a city-center level. She holds a BSBA from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati.

Shelia Wright, Executive Director, Cleveland NAACP

Sheila M. Wright is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She has experience working in the public sector having received numerous appointments to serve with elected officials. Ms. Wright earned a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Ms. Wright serves as Vice President of The Good Community Foundation - a pass through foundation of the Albert B. and Audrey G. Ratner Family Foundation. She is also a member of the 2015 class of Leadership Cleveland. Ms. Wright currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio and has two beautiful daughters, Leslie and Corbyn.


Students replace two classes from the existing EMBA curriculum in consultation with the EMBA faculty director. Requirements for obtaining the certificate are five courses of which three must be from Weatherhead, one must be from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), and one may be from either school.

Required Courses

  • EMBA 476 – Corporate Governance
  • EMBA 478 – Leading Design in Organizations
  • EMBA 479 – Leading Change: Society

Students must take two of the following courses (one of the two must be an MSASS course; the other may be a Weatherhead course or an MSASS course):

Weatherhead Courses

  • OPMT 450 – Project Management
  • ORBH 450 – Executive Leadership
  • ORBH 460 – Women in Organizations
  • SASS 405 – Nonprofit Ethics and Professionalism

MSASS Courses

  • SASS 407 – Nonprofit Revenue Planning & Development
  • SASS 410 – Nonprofit Data-based Decision Making
  • SASS 420 – Nonprofit Organization & Management
  • SASS 406 – Nonprofit Public Policy and Advocacy
  • SASS 409 – Nonprofit Strategic Planning
  • SASS 532 – Needs Assessment & Program Eval
  • SASS 531 – Collaboration & Strategic Partnerships
  • SASS 545 – Nonprofit Program Design

Nonprofit Study Group

Students will meet to discuss nonprofit efforts in the community and at Weatherhead.