Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI)

The Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) provides an intensive, transformative experience through which current and aspiring leaders advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally known practitioners. It is ideally suited for those in executive positions or preparing to move into such positions.

The eight-month program includes a five-day seminar at Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA), advanced assignments, a 360-degree feedback process, peer mentoring, and follow-up coaching.


Alumni Testimonials

Linda Fernandez, Class of 2014

"Participating in CAELI is one of the best things you can do, both personally and professionally. You will walk in not knowing exactly what to expect and you will leave feeling refreshed and reenergized to do amazing work and have a positive impact on your community."

Troy Anderson, Chicago Center for Music Education (ChiME), Class of 2010

"For me, CAELI opened up a whole world of behaviors and competencies that are necessary for me to lead effectively. Having come into CAELI with no prior management or leadership training, the institute also helped me take some of my previous leadership practices to the next level."

Read more testimonials from CAELI alumni and learn about the CAELI Alumni Network.


"My experience with CAELI has begun a profound personal journey of self discovery and awareness. It opened many doors to understanding why I have committed my life to the work I have chosen and also to a better understanding of how I can continue to develop and grow as a leader and person." - 2015 CAELI participant

Transforming your Leadership

CAELI will increase your leadership effectiveness by helping you:

  • Identify your core values and learn how these influence behavior and decision making
  • Increase awareness of the characteristics of effective leadership
  • Deepen your understanding of your strengths, weaknesses, and preferences
  • Identify and examine your own biases, power, and privilege
  • Create a plan to identify and meet your developmental goals in terms of organizational leadership, interpersonal communication, and functional management proficiency
  • Put your plan into practice back home

To optimize the learning experience, participation is limited to 26 individuals selected through a competitive application process.


Generous Supporters

CAELI is made possible by the generous support of the American Express Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, the Angell Foundation, the National Guild's board of trustees, and many CAELI Alumni.