Board Member Institute (BMI)

Our signature program for board members of Jewish communal organizations.


The reimagined signature program of Boardified (newly acquired by Leading Edge), the Board Member Institute, is the premier volunteer leadership development program for board members of Jewish communal organizations. Through in-person and virtual learning experiences, both new and experienced board members gain the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their roles, and the leadership skills their organizations need in the future.

Along with comprehensive learning with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management and practitioners from the Jewish nonprofit sector, participants connect and collaborate with other outstanding volunteer leaders from across North America.


A 6-month cohort-based executive education experience with in-person and virtual learning components.

Affinity Groups

Small group discussions and a shared space with peers, facilitated by leadership experts. Cohort 7 features spaces for Jews of Color, Orthodox Leadership, Women’s Leadership, Safety, Respect, and Equity at Camp, and General Applied Learning.


Join a supportive BMI alumni community of 180+ leaders across North America, as well the broader Leading Edge community.


A Kellogg Nonprofit Executive Education Certificate upon completion of the program.

Applications & FAQs

Applications for Cohort 7 are open from Tuesday, August 9 through Monday, September 12, 2022!


Subsidized tuition is $4,000 per participant. We are committed to lifting barriers to entry. Please contribute an amount between $1,000 and $4,000 that is meaningful for you. If this range presents a challenge, please contact Isabel Shech at

Our BMI Team

Liz Livingston Howard

Director of Nonprofit Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management

Board Member Institute Academic Director

Gail Berger

Deputy Director, Kellogg Center for Executive Women

Gali Cooks

President & CEO, Leading Edge

David Marzahl

Leadership Coach & Change Consultant

General Applied Learning Affinity Group Facilitator

Alicia Oberman

Founder & CEO, Boardified

Gamal J. Palmer

Founder/Principal, Conscious Builders

Jews of Color Affinity Group Facilitator

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