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Welcoming LLC’s New Board Members

 

 

LLC is excited to introduce you to two new board members and to share our process of board development. There will be opportunities for you to plug into the process. First though, a big welcome to Uma Viswanathan and Linshuang Lu.

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How Leadership Development Programs Can Harvest Social Change Though Their Alumni Network

Earlier this month we announced, via email and social media, the finalists of our Action Learning Seed Fund. In case you missed it, our finalists are The WISE Network, Black Muslim Youth Rising - Intensive Leadership Retreat, and VigilantLove Creative Organizing & Healing Justice.

 

The Model

In January, the Leadership Learning Community announced it would disburse $25,000 in Seed Funding. It would be a small fund intended to seed work developing the leadership of people of color that could foster learning in the network to increase racial equity work. Thanks to you all we were able to engage hundreds of different people in this collective and networked process. The applications did not require a large lift for any of the applicants and reviewers were able to score each application on four criteria.

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Mindfulness Meditation 101: What It Is, Why Its Great, and How to Start By Leighna Harrison

The benefits of mindfulness meditation practice are vast, far reaching, and still being discovered – from better sleep and improved mood to clearer thinking and increased compassion it seems like mindfulness meditation can revitalize our lives from top to bottom. It even changes and strengthens the structure of our brain in only eight weeks.  But what is it really? Mindfulness. Meditation. These terms get thrown around a lot these days. Seems like every time you turn around there’s an article on your news feed, a flyer in your workplace, or it’s even being taught at your kid’s school.

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Re-thinking Leadership: Deborah Meehan on Racial inequalities and Individualism By Sofia Trigo

Sofia Trigo is a student at Claremont McKenna College she published an interview with Deborah Meehan in the Kravis Leadership Institute publication, The Illumine.

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DeborahMeehan is the founder and executive director of the Leadership Learning Community where she works with a network of over 4,500 people on improving leadership development programs both nationally and internationally. In her presentation at the Kravis Leadership Institute’s 25th Annual Kravis-de Roulet Conference, “What in our Current Approaches to Leadership Development Contributes to or Undermines Greater Social and Racial Equity?”, Ms. Meehan explored how individualism and concepts of meritocracy permeate the ways we think about leadership and inequality. She also examined the influence race and racial tensions can have on leadership and leadership development programs. After her discussion, I was able to sit down with Ms. Meehan and continue discussing leadership and its current relationship to individualism and race.

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Seeing, Reckoning & Acting: A Practice Towards Deep Equity By Sheryl Petty

From our partners at Management Assistance Group, prepare for Creating Space 2017 this year in New Orleans with this Sheryl Petty's article. 

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Recently, we have noticed a great deal of energy and focus from organizations and groups wanting to pursue equity in their work. In our experience, this is a significant increase from past years. This level of attention and intentionality is inspiring. Equity (beyond “diversity” and “inclusion”) is essential to how we define “quality,” “high performance” and “success.”

For us, equity is core to what we seek in the world: dignity and well-being for everyone, and ensuring that resources and power are shared in ways for all people to realize our full potential, and contribute to thriving, sustainable communities.

Below you will find some of what we have learned in partnership with our clients and peers, about what transformation toward deep equity is and what it takes to advance equity and liberation (with a strong emphasis on racial equity), within our organizations, networks and beyond.

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Unbound and Unboxed: Empowering Womxn of Color

The 32nd Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference (EWOCC) took place on March 18th at UC Berkeley. The theme, “Unbound and Unboxed,” focused on empowerment and self-care. The conference is held each year by the University of California’s Women of Color Initiative through the Graduate Assembly. It was a sold out affair with womxn from all over the country attending. Imagine a room filled with hundreds of powerful womxn of color in a conference meant to unbound and unbox a collective power guided by self-care as a form of resistance.

 

Some of the most salient moments for me came from the the panel on Methods of Resistance. In it, five young womxn activists and organizers spoke about the ways their existence becomes radical resistance and how much self-care this work requires.

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Creating Space: Baking Equity & Justice into Leadership Development Work

Turn on the news and there is little doubt, equity is under assault... from attempts to repeal ACA, taxation proposals to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, to attacks on undocumented workers and Muslims. We need to build a new equity consciousness and set of practices into leadership development work to nurture our individual and collective resistance to stand up for social and racial justice.

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Experimenting with Leadership Development Action Learning Projects

Many leadership programs utilize some form of learning projects based on principles of adult learning and action learning. They are intended to strengthen the participant’s capacity to apply learning across different contexts. Of course, most action learning project participants hope to also deliver some value to the community beyond their own learning experience.  Donna Dinkin, an action learning specialist describes action learning:

 

Action learning is a process (often coach supported) involving a small group of people solving real problems while at the same time focusing on what they are learning and how their learning can benefit each group member and the organization and community as a whole.”

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A guided meditation for nonprofit professionals By Vu Le

This month, we share with your a guided meditation by Vu Le. It was originally posted on his blog Nonprofit with Balls and is being read out loud by Miriam Persley.

 

Find a comfortable position and play the video below to meditate for 10 minutes.

We believe in the power of a mindfulness practice. This guided meditation is light hearted and meant to bring joy to stressful situations for nonprofit staff. What relaxing and joyous images would your guided meditation have? Share your thoughts @LeadershipEra.

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Update: LLC’s Action Learning Seed Fund

This month all of us, the LLC network, have been busily preparing and reviewing applications. The Seed Fund was such a success! Though the application process was open for three weeks, you must have all shared this among your own networks because we had over 2000 clicks to all of our materials. Some of the project teams that applied had not been directly in touch with LLC and some teams are located outside of the United States. This broad reach could only have happened if all of you had actively shared with others. (Thank you!)

 

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