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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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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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Action Learning Seed Fund: Embody Racial Equity

Our Action Learning Seed Fund is well underway. In case you missed it; last month we announced that $25,000 from LLC’s core funding would be released and granted to projects seeking to leverage the leadership of people of color. From the application to the implementation, we envision people of color modeling ways that create pathways for racial equity through leadership development. Three weeks ago we launched the application during our webinar.

 

Since the launch, we’ve been overjoyed with the responses from all of you. So many immediately shared the application. The final numbers are not yet in, but we do know the webinar video has been watched 250+ times, the links have been clicked and shared 4100+ and counting. At the time of this publication, before the deadline, we have already received over 100 applications.

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LLC’s $25,000 Action Learning Seed Fund: Webinar VIDEO and Frequently Asked Questions

Last month, the Leadership Learning Community announced $25,000 to be released as a Seed Fund. Since then, we have worked with our Selection Committee of 19, to finalize our plan.

 

The application form is now open. All application are due on February 28th by 11:59pm Pacific.


If you missed our launch webinar, you can still review below the recording, review the slides, and find frequently asked questions.

 

Please share widely and contact Miriam with any questions.

 

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The Action Learning Seed Fund: An Update

The Leadership Learning Community is very excited about launching our Action Learning Seed Fund. As our facilitators in the Race Forward Training said “when you are resisting, you struggle. It goes slow.” Racial equity takes time and we want to give our Selection Committee enough time to make intentional decisions together.

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Racial Equity: A Leadership Development Competency

Last week, LLC along with some of you, attended Race Forward’s Building Racial Equity- Foundations Training at the Oakland Peace Center. The training grounded us in language to describe racism on all the levels it thrives (internal, interpersonal, institutional, systemic). The work of racial equity then is to not only destroy racism as it exists, but to “bake in” racial equity to eradicate it completely.

 

Before the day was complete, however, it was our mission to identify the many ways that we, those present, continue to create systems of oppression. Soon Deborah and I were engaged in a deep conversation on how the leadership development field can also fall victim to this on a systemic level.

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Leadership Development Webinar Series: Most Popular Webinars (Updated)

We will not host a webinar in December, the holidays always present a challenge for scheduling. However, this year, we have been humbled by the number of you that joined us for our webinars. They were so well received that we decided to share them again for those of you who missed them the first time around.  Below are our top five most popular webinars; enjoy! read more »

 

Affirming Our Values

It is undeniable that current events have brought to light what was always below the surface; a country deeply divided. One of the most frightening changes over the last few weeks has been the spike in attacks directed at people of color citizens and immigrants alike, and the reaffirmation of organizations rooted in racism. Amid political turmoil, leadership means defining our core values and keeping them as a compass to move forward. In these moments of fear, we need leadership that is inclusive, networked, and collective.  read more »