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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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MAR-L: An Innovative Approach to Recruiting Fellows

Several years ago LLC had the opportunity to evaluate the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR-L). It was an important evaluation that laid some groundwork for a research project we initiated the following year to explore the topic of ‘Leadership and Large Scale Change.’  We were inspired by MAR-L. MAR-L set itself apart from many other leadership programs because they were not content to simply focus on building the leadership capacity of young entrepreneurial conservation leaders, which itself would have been an important endeavor. They were also willing to ask tough questions about whether the investment in young people and their projects was making a difference in the health of the reef. Ultimately, most leadership programs are serving some larger purpose, and because of the challenges of understanding the contributions of their leadership development work to larger scale changes, most programs focus primarily on the ways in which participants of programs believe they have benefited. This is starting to change, and we are excited to be part of evaluating programs that tell a different story about the ways in which leadership development programs are supporting changes in the lives of people, and the planet.

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Announcing $25,000 Action Learning Seed Fund & Webinar (January 2017)

We are excited to announce an LLC $25,000 Action Learning Seed Fund to activate learning about leadership supports that contribute to racial healing and advance racial equity. 

We are supporting the Seed Fund through a core operating grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. We plan to fund 4-5 seed fund projects ranging between $4,000 - 8,000.  There are two things you can do right now.

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LLC Webinar | Racial Equity and Inclusion Within Leadership Development Spaces: A Virtual Workshop

January 31, 2017

10:00 am -11:00 am Pacific

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern

 

In October 2016, Patrick Brown, Director of the Leadership Academy at Greenlining Institute organized a workshop on racial equity in leadership development for the Living the Next Economy Conference in Oakland. The presenters, Patrick Brown, Renato Almanzor, East Oakland Building Healthy Communities,  and Deborah Meehan, Leadership Learning Community recently decided to recreate the workshop virtually for you in a format that will include breakout discussions, embodiment practices and the use of story.

 

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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 »

 

Mindfulness Matters | The Tree of Contemplative Practices

If you missed our interview with Patrick Brown from Greenlining last month please check it out. He described the way in which as the Director of the Leadership Academy, he brings a number of contempletive practices into all of their leadership work. He described the benefits of different practices to those engaged in leadership. We are including another resource as a complement to Patrick interview.  The link to the Tree of Contempletive Practices creates a scheme for understanding the different types of practices with more detailed descriptions.  We hope you find it helpful.

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Following Up On Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity

We were heartened by the response to the “Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity” webinar with over 540 registrants.  This is even more significant after a year of divisive elections in which fear or anger was expressed and generated towards whole groups of people based on religion, race, sexual orientation and gender. There can be little doubt that we are profoundly in need of leaders who can bridge these divides with an understanding of why and how opportunities have been historically distributed in this country in ways that have unfairly disadvantaged people of color and low income white people. Leadership programs have a historic opportunity to help leaders build their confidence and capacity to see, name and address the underlying white privilege and its consequences, opening up a different kind of society based on belonging, fairness, and equity.

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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 »

Early, Very Early, Thoughts, Reflections and Commitment to Action

After several attempts at writing something about the election, I realized I remain too angry, confused and fearful. I think a little background might shed light on my reaction. I was born to parents who both survived death camps in Germany and Poland, who met in a displaced persons camp in Feldafing, Germany and where I was born in 1947. We arrived in the U.S. as “stateless” refugees. I grew up surrounded by those who were survivors, I heard stories, saw photographs and became acutely aware of the power of words. These last few months leading up to the election echoed some of the stories demonizing the “other” that I heard throughout my childhood. I knew there was no choice, but to step up, speak up and do what I could to stem the tide of injustice toward those perceived as “other.” read more »

Five Suggestions About the Kind of Leadership That Will Move us Forward

I find myself looking for inspiration these days, and thankfully it’s not hard to find. I draw inspiration from the protectors at Standing Rock who are standing firm in the face of freezing temperatures and violent assaults. Serendipitously, as I was driving home I also found myself recently listening to Congressmen John Lewis in an interview recognizing his work in the civil rights movement. In response to comments about his sacrifices and courage, he humbly reminded listeners that there was only one choice if you wanted to be on the right side of history. His comments resonated because this does feel like a historic moment where we are in danger of losing ground in gains made over the past decades, or where we will stand against injustice and hatred and usher in a new era of increased equity and humanity. This is a big charge that calls for leadership, but what kind? Like many of you, we have been trying to figure out where we can make the most important contributions to thinking about leadership and the practice of leadership that will help to move us forward as a society. This will be a long process and for now I have five suggestions to share and would appreciate your feedback. read more »