Leadership Programs

The Nanovic Institute supports the professional and spiritual development of leaders from its Catholic University Partnership institutions. Through leadership programs held at the University of Notre Dame and at the Notre Dame’s Global Gateways and Centers, the Institute aims to help build and international community of resilient leaders and skilled executives.

Catholic Leadership Program

Catholic Leadership Program discussion.

Since 2017, the Nanovic Institute has supported leaders from each of its partner universities by hosting a week-long Catholic Leadership Program, an executive program for Catholic leadership focused on management skills, strategic planning, and philanthropy development. For this program, the Institute welcomes applications from leaders at CUP institutes.

Previously held in collaboration with the Mendoza College of Business’s Nonprofit Professional Development program, this program takes place at the University of Notre Dame, typically during the summer, and is held every 1-2 years. In July 2023, the Institute welcomed its fifth cohort of CUP leaders to the campus in South Bend. 

Read about one participant’s experience with the Summer Leadership Program and see a list of past participants.

Advanced Leadership Program

Rome Global Gateway door.

The Advanced Leadership Program is a new initiative as part of the Catholic Universities Partnership. This program—focused on "building resilience into leadership"—will offer up to 24 leaders an opportunity to renew and deepen their leadership, time management, and relationship-building skills. Uniquely, the program is designed to provide an integrated spiritual component. By integrating leadership and spiritual components, we hope that the program will facilitate a renewed sense of mission and tools for leaders to be effective and resilient, especially in challenging times.

The inaugural Advanced Leadership Program took place at the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway in May 2022. The Institute anticipates holding future programs at a Notre Dame Global Gateway every 3-5 years, depending on the level of interest.

Since the Advanced Leadership Program builds upon the Catholic Leadership Program in many respects, applications from alumni of the latter program are especially welcome. The Institute also welcomes applications from senior leaders at the Catholic Universities Partners and will consider applications from other institutions.


CUP Leadership Program video