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Now Available: Basic and Intermediate Network Leadership Training Modules

For those who are leading complex issues, using network approaches can increase reach, and activate and mobilize more people and resources to advance work on critical social issues.


Leadership programs have an opportunity to build the network competency of the individuals and groups they support. In2018, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Leadership Learning Community began to support an emerging meta network of people working across a range of social factors like housing, transportation, food systems, etc., that can enhance or limit health. The purpose of this network was to create the conditions for everyone to live the healthiest life possible, in addition to connecting work across multiple issues.


We’re excited to share a set of Network Leadership modules with our leadership development practitioner community.

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BIG NEWS….LLC has hired a Co-Director!

We are excited to share this big news with you, but before we get to the introduction of Ericka Stallings, we first want to take a minute to thank members of the LLC network, the board and many candidates who have been on this important journey with us, and shaped our learning and decision making. The entire process has been a win because all of the candidates we spoke with had many talents to bring to LLC’s work, and as a network we are confident that we will find other opportunities to tap their wisdom and expertise! Next month we will share an article of lessons learned about how we anchored this process in our values, kept equity front and center, engaged the network and, slowed down to benefit from collaborative learning and reflection.   


And without further delay, we are excited to introduce you to Ericka Stallings. Ericka comes to us from the Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development where she was the Deputy Director for Capacity Building and Strategic Initiatives. In her role, Ericka ran and helped to develop the innovative Center for Community Leadership. If you read her blog post or attended the LLC webinar on “Important Lessons for Cultivating Leadership of Color in Community Organizing“ you know that she brings deep wisdom about supporting the leadership of people of color, and about supporting the leadership of people closest to the problems we are trying to solve. (If you missed the blog and webinar, it's not too late to check them out.) Through her work at the intersection of leadership, equity and advocacy, Ericka brings an important perspective on power. This wisdom, experience, and skill is critical to taking LLC’s work centering equity in leadership to the next level, so look out!

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LLC Webinar | Leadership principles from Communities of Color: Key dynamics for building an inclusive society

February 12, 2019

11:30AM - 12:30PM Pacific | 2:30PM - 3:30PM Eastern


You are invited to a lively, interactive webinar with Juana Bordas, author of The Power of Latino Leadership and Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age.


Building on the legacy of Civil Rights Movement, Juana will share five leadership

principles that have emerged from communities of color and have broad relevance and application to our increasingly diverse and divided world. Leadership in communities of color can revitalize communities as people to work together for justice and equity.


You won’t want to miss this webinar that will include small group discussion, activities and music.

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Creating Space for Transformational Board Leadership


If you’re reading this, you have likely worked with nonprofit board members in some capacity - perhaps as a coach, a nonprofit staff member or executive, a funder, or even as a board member yourself. Having the right board members engaged in useful ways can prove critical to the success of an organization, support its leadership to navigate challenges and transitions, to prioritize goals and to pivot when necessary.


Yet high levels of board engagement - where board members go above and beyond - can be difficult for many executive directors to foster. As members of Leadership Learning Community’s board, we saw our 2018 retreat as an opportunity to reshape our board culture. LLC grounds leadership for social change in shared responsibility that arises out of trusting relationships, authenticity, and generosity. With four new members and a new Board Chair transitioning in over the past 18 months, it was the perfect opportunity to intentionally build a board culture that leaned further into LLC’s values and approaches.

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Meet LLC's New Operations and Project Manager


LLC hit the jackpot with our latest hire, Kyle Shimamoto who is joining our small but mighty team as the new Operations and Project Manager. Like many of us in the non-profit sector,  Kyle has had a multifaceted and fascinating career.  He spent more than 10 years as a Montessori educator and co-director  before transitioning to project management work in a variety of industries.  He also enjoys nonprofit governance and has served on the boards of a number of organizations.  We will be tapping all of these experiences.

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Welcoming LLC's Newest Board Members



LLC is thrilled to be introducing our newest board members.  We would like extend a big welcome and thank you to Duchesne Drew and

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Leadership and How We Talk About Stuff: Three Lessons from Paulo Freire and Pedagogy of the Oppressed

At a recent LLC board meeting, members were eagerly pitching ideas about how they could help.. Our newest member, Lisa Leverette, who in her own words is a Detroit based Change Orchestrator had a unique offer, “I want to help LLC figure out how to talk about stuff.”  This sounds simple on the surface... but it’s actually quite deep. For the past couple of months, everytime I turn around, I have been running smack into the idea of how we talk about our work. At a retreat hosted by the Whitman Institute in October, “A Future We Can Trust,” we were facilitated in several sessions by Culture Strike that focused on tapping arts and creativity to shape a positive narrative. Not long after a valued colleague, Milano Harden, sent me an article by Marshall Ganz, “Public Narrative, Collective Action and Power” from 2011, that is resurfacing right now for a reason. And, a few weeks ago I was fortunate to attend Facing Race which was launched with a plenary session on narrative and arts among the culture wars. I am hooked. I have been thinking about this a lot, well kind of non-stop, and talking about it with anyone who will listen, so here were are.

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LLC Webinar | Leadership in Community

November 29, 2018

10:00 am Pacific - 11am | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern


Uplifting innovative leadership in and with community is about identifying the levers to realign power. This includes shifting who receives andmakes decisions about money and other critical resources.

Come hear from Lisa Leverette and team members from Community Connections Grant Program about their revolutionary approach to supporting and edifying leadership for grassroots residents and youth in Detroit. They are challenging conventional ideas about ‘capacity building’ which assumes a deficit in specific skills when it’s often a question of access to resources and, instead figuring out with community what kinds of supports enable transformational community-driven change.  



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Ensley Alive: A Network Leadership Model

Guest Blog by Bettina Byrd-Giles


During a recent Network Co-Creation Community of Practice that LLC is facilitating for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the

participants talked about how the language and concepts were giving her a new lens for understanding the work she was already doing. She blogged about their work and talked about what network leadership looks like in practice and what they are accomplishing. I enjoyed reading about the work and learning from Bettina. I think you will too.








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What Can Fog Teach Us About Living in a Disruptive World?

A guest Blog from Kathleen Allen, President of Kathleen Allen and Associates

Kathy Allen was an early LLC board member and source of inspiration in her ability to draw from the natural world to help us bring a more organic lens to the workings of leadership and organizational learning. She specializes in leadership coaching and organizational change across a variety of contexts, including collaborative networks. I was excited when she published her latest book, Leading from the Roots. She has been sharing excerpts from the book on her regular blogs. We asked if we could share one of her recent blogs to introduce you to Kathy, and it’s a must read blog. Enjoy.


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