Cleveland Life Institute Uniqueness-
Interactive, socially conscience, community active, experiential, practical, and powerful.

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Successful leaders know their value lies not only in managing teams and running organizations, but in inspiring others, setting purposeful goals, executing strategic visions, and creating cultures of excellence.

Our program is designed to challenge your current perceptions about leadership and the values through interaction in our group both in the classroom as well as making a difference in our community project.

The Executive Education Program

The Cleveland Life Institute is a faith based residential executive education program that offers the opportunity to think strategically about guiding organizations to be relevant to culture and relational to the community.

In addition to the interaction of the classroom experience, the student will work collaboratively toward solutions to today’s challenges.

The first year consists of lectures, the design of a class project, implementation of that project in the community and a report to the agency on behalf the project was undertaken.  A critique of the project will conclude the term with recommendations on the continuation of the project for the next class or a spin-off of the project.

The lectures would be presented by industry experts under the direction of a facilitating faculty member who would be assigned to the class for the entire semester and would demonstrate how the various lectures pertain to the topic of the semester and the experiential learning project.

The two semester program “Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” is the first course to be offered by the School.

Skills for Social Entrepreneurs

The program “Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” has five main objectives:

Ethics and values – Students will understand basic ethical principles for business and for working in our community and will demonstrate the ability to integrate values into all processes and to be responsibly engaged with communities.  Students will also examine their own personal values.

The Social Entrepreneurial Skill Set – Using sophisticated written and oral communication skills and critical thinking skills developed in general education, students will be able to demonstrate competence in each of the following skills essential to entrepreneurship:

  • Opportunity assessment
  • Team building, leadership
  • Negotiation skills
  • Use of basic business skills to further social goals: organization, resource development, planning, growth, management, economic

Cultural, Political, and Social Understanding
—Students will acquire an understanding of social, political, and cultural frameworks, will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to the assessment of issues and problems, and to use this knowledge in making responsible judgments about issues and problems.

Project planning
 — Students will be expected to develop a full understanding of how to create and utilize a project plan that includes sustainability.

Managing and Sustaining an entrepreneurial initiative
 — Students will learn the unique set of skills necessary to guide a project through periods of both growth and decline.

The Cleveland Life Institute program is a one program which meets once a week, 15 weeks in length,  for 2 1/2 hours.


The Cleveland Life Institute program will be offered over two semesters.   Each semester will be 15 weeks in length, meet one time per week for 3 hours.

CLELIFE Spring 2020 Syllabus 
Classes are Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Classes begin January 22th until May 13th (with spring and Easter/Passover Break)
Dr. Victor Bull, Facilitating Professor * Special Guests Professors, to be listed
Developing a Social Enterprise/Venture Business Plan. 
The major deliverables for the course is a business plan based on the project identified and validated in the feasibility study and initiating the project.

“The final product, a complete business plan, demonstrates a commitment to accountability by including a rigorous measurement system for assessing and improving performance.  It also includes a plan for achieving financial sustainability, which ties funding to results and helps to attract funders …”- Andrew Wolk
Week One: Jan 22   The Business Plan
  Review of the elements, placement of the outline into the business plan template
Week Two: Jan 29   The Identification of Strategic Partners and Engaging them.
    Review of the names of strategic partners generated, assignment into categories (i.e. mentoring programs)
Week Three: Feb 5   Legal Issues and Structure 
    Discussion of the structure of the project.
    Decision on the legal structure of the project.
Week Four: Feb 12   Applying Fundraising, Grant Writing and Budgeting Skills 
    Identification of funding sources for the project
Week Five:  Feb 19   Leveraging Networks and Mentors 
    How do we reach out to others to engage them in the project?
Week Six     Feb 26   Non-profits, Governments and Social Entrepreneurship
Week Seven March 4 Marketing 
    Recognition in the media and social media
    Marketing to corporations and law firms as a vehicle to fulfill a social mandate.
(Spring break)
Week Eight  March 18  Measuring and Managing Performance 
  Setting parameters to ensure that that the project is progressing as anticipated
    Is there a point at which we determine it will not work?
Week Nine  March 25   Scalability
    How do we expand the reach of the program?
Week Ten    April 1      Sustainability
    What structure must be set up to be able to continue?
(Easter/Passover Break)
Week Eleven April 15 Group Presentation Group One
Week Twelve April 22 Group Presentation Group Two

Week Thirteen April 29 Finalization of Business Model
Week Fourteen May 6 Final Class and Graduation


Founded with a desire to unite individuals who are passionate about making a difference in our world and to explore their faith in a progressive, interactive environment along with a focus on innovation, the Cleveland Life Institute pursues excellence in our educational experience. It’s unique design of guest lecturers with real-world experience in our community advance the kingdom and quality of life for everyone within our community.

Our Prospective Students
We have identified three different demographics of Students for CLI
a. The Social Entrepreneur
        Train in not-for-profit management and leadership
b. The Mid-level corporate executive and legal associate
All major corporations and law firms have a social responsibility
They have identified a mid-level executive to fulfill this
mandate. We can
train the person they task to fulfill their corporate
c. The Micro-credential student
            Our program would add a component to the studies of students who
not have courses in business administration, leadership, and
 Our program will allow college students to show prospective employer they have honed their skills working on the project, including research,
entrepreneurship, communication and collaboration, skills demanded by
employers but usually missing from a conventional academic transcript.
Our Leadership Certification

Leadership Certification is a intensive semester program that will develop your unique capabilities to make an impact on the world and live a life of purpose and fulfillment. The curriculum covers competencies in self-management, teamwork, leadership and professional skills.

Graduates earn a designation on their transcript recognizing their demonstrated excellence in leadership and organization and community involvement.

  • Requirement – High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Commitment to the completion of the program.  (This is essential for the interaction of the class and involvement in the project.)
  • Limited enrollment 

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