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LLC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: The Leadership Webinar Series Presenters

This month we recognize the many amazing thought leaders in the leadership field who have partnered with us to produce a wide range of high-quality webinars, including sessions on collective leadership, systems thinking, and leadership networks. The series, launched in 2011, has engaged over 2,000 participants across the nation, and thousands of video and slideshow viewers. Because of the support from our webinar presenters, we have received overwhelmingly positive reviews from our community, and through their generous donations, we are able continue to offer these free resources.


We highlight a few of our past webinars here, and encourage you to visit our entire catalogue of previous webinars!

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Leadership and Race: Bay Area Learning Circle Reflections

A couple days ago on August 15th, we co-hosted a two hour Learning Circle with the Rockwood Leadership Institute to address within our own community recent events as they relate to race and leadership. Some of you came to learn more about this subject, make connections among local organizations, and/or to find healing within each other.  We divided ourselves into smaller groups and dipped into our emotions, stories, and collected resources that had been on our mind.


Leadership and Race: Bay Area Learning Circle Reflections from Leadership Learning Community on Vimeo.

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Nonprofit Leadership Newsbrief: August 2013

In this month’s newsbrief we honor the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Historic March on Washington.  At LLC, we continue to bring together resources to address how leadership development can play a role in advancing a society where leadership is more equitable, collective and networked. 

On Racial Justice and Leadership


To celebrate the historic 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington we feature several racial justice articles meant to inspire and motivate the Leadership Development field to work for racial equity so that we might have a country with leadership that is more inclusive and committed to eliminating structural racism and oppression. This month we feature Rinku Sen, from the Applied Research Center who calls for “Building A New Racial Justice Movement”.  Rinku calls us to apply central principles to a new racial justice movement 1. to push past the goals of simply multiculturism and diversity and aim for racial justice understand the difference between justice and civil rights because they are not the same and 3. lastly, she calls for a multiracial and multiethnic paradigm of collaboration.   A book by PolicyLink and The Center for American Progress titled, The All in Nation: An America that Works for All,  describes how building strong and thriving communities of color are critical to America’s economic future. The book offers a policy agenda for building an equitable economy where fast-growing communities of color, can participate and thrive.  The All- In Nation Project will be hosting a “Primer” webinar in preparation for their webinar Series on 8/ 27/13.  Here in Oakland, the Untraining, organizes folks to end racism and social injustices  to all levels of experience and activism for white people and people of color. The Untraining will be hosting an Introductory Public Workshop on healing personal and social oppressions this September 28, 2013.

Image Source: Ann Harkness/Wikimedia Commons, ColorLines Archives

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Leadership Development Hiding in Plain Sight: Reflections on Creating Space X


In reading the survey responses from our national meeting, Creating Space X in Baltimore this past May, a funny thought crossed my mind.  Aren’t many of the things that people benefited from at CS elements of good leadership development?  A number of participants even talked about replicating some of these methodologies like open space, self-organizing, and the design challenge into their leadership programs.   Here are some examples of some of the major themes and what people said: read more »

  • Diversity: A lot of people talked about the value of connecting with others who share a passion for being change makers and meeting people who are different, “the wonderfully diverse mixture of researchers, consultants, program staff, funders and community organizers.”
  • Relationship Building and Peer Learning:  Small group interactions facilitated relationship building and peer exchange, “talking one on one with people about their program models and what they’re working on to exchange ideas and learn from each other.”
  • Deep Conversation: A number of people mentioned the importance of time and space for deep conversations, “Inviting people to come into the conversation with openness, without judgment and not forcing an outcome, especially on topics like race.”
  • Application to Real Problems/Issues: The design challenge harnessed the group’s creative energy around real time issues and problems and was very popular with survey respondents.  “The Design Challenge is something I have used several times with a lot of success.”

Creating Space X | 2013 Survey Findings


Thanks to all the Creating Space participants who completed the evaluation survey last month.  Over the last few weeks, we have been working to review and analyze your responses, and we wanted to share some of the key insights we learned – please check out the slides!

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Transition Process: Early Wins from Leadership Transition Experiment


Natalia and Deborah strike 
"power poses" - Watch the TED Talk that inspired this practice around our office!

By Natalia Castañeda and Deborah Meehan


Over the past few months we have been sharing our experience of transitioning leadership and some of the external and internal trials of creating a new leadership formation within LLC.  We will continue to share these insights but thought it would be fun to share a couple of the wins. 


Improved Staff Development and Supervision:

We start with our basic assumption that the role of Executive Director is loaded up with responsibilities that are usually more than one person can sanely do.  However, most nonprofit organizations do not have COO, or Managing Director, types of positions common in the corporate sector unless they are pretty large.  For the last few years, the operations side was the area in our organization that took the biggest hit.  In trying to balance the programmatic work, fund development, and consulting work, operations got less attention.  It could also be a larger problem in the sector that we are not paying enough attention to the need of investing in senior operations staff that can help keep the work going within the organization. 

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Leadership and Race: Alvin Starks on the Creating Space X Equity Panel


In this clip Alvin Starks begins to respond to the question: 

"Given how race and ethnic related inequities harm our collective future - What kind of new leadership will we need for the next several decades?"

Milano Harden’s Equity Show at Creating Space X featured Alvin Starks, Sally Leiderman and Gladys Washington as panelists.






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Follow up on Leading from the Inside Out Webinar: Guest Blog Post by Stacy Kono and Pia Infante

Leading from the Inside OutNote: This is a follow up article for the recent webinar: Leading from the Inside Out, featuring Stacy Kono and Pia Infante


Leadership from the Inside Out: Sharing Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Model


Thanks to so many folks for joining the Leadership Learning Community webinar on Leadership from the Inside Out, Rockwood Leadership Institute's approach to transformative leadership! It was great to share with you the thinking that Rockwood has developed over the last 13 years to support social change leaders in their sustainability and impact! read more »

2013 Webinar: Leading from the Inside Out

Presenters: Stacy Kono and Pia Infante of Rockwood Leadership Institute
Topic: Leading from the Inside Out
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT


Leadership is the ability to align and inspire others towards common goals. The most effective social change leaders possess a clear sense of purpose, and an awareness of their strengths and learning edges as individuals, which leads them to build strong partnerships. Join this webinar to learn more about Rockwood Leadership Institute's approach to foster transformative leadership for a just, equitable, and sustainable world through encouraging leaders to "lead from the inside out." read more »

Leadership for Social Change: Guest Blog Post from LDIR

Developing Social Change Leaders

Authors: Carmen Morgan and Povi-Tamu Bryant of Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR)

Note: This is a follow up article for the recent webinar Developing Social Change Leaders: 
Practices and Perspectives on Fostering an Intersectional Approach to Identity and Social Justice
, featuring Carmen Morgan and Povi-Tamu Bryant of Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) 


Leadership for Social Change

While many leadership programs seek to build the management and organizational skills of an executive, or to develop the leadership qualities of the individual leaders, the Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) program is rooted in a social justice perspective and feels that effective leaders need the ability to facilitate collaboration among diverse people across lines of race, class, religion, sexual orientation, as well as across sectors and disciplines. read more »