I have heard nothing but RAVES about this life-changing workshop for women seeking to lift one another up, address internalized opression, deepen their power and soar in their leadership. It was founded by a remarkable team of powerful leaders in their own right: Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers, and Toby Herzlich and Akaya Winwood of the Rockwood Leadership Institute . The next retreat for Cultivating Women’s Leadership is being held from Aug 20-25 at the gorgeous Ocamora Retreat Center in a pristine mountain valley in New Mexico, USA. For more information, visit: Bioneer’s site here. Applications are being accepted up til July 1st; apply here. Some scholarships are still available.
Did you know that there are more women holding elected office in Afghanistan than there are in Canada? The Canadian Women Voter’s Congress has worked long and hard to ensure women in Canada have the skills and confidence to actively participate in democracy. They offer longest-running non-partisan Women’s Campaign School in Canada. They’re currently seeking nominations for its Board of Directors; the deadline is May 26, 2013. It’s a fantastic leadership opportunity. Click here for more information.
Anima Leadership, one of Canada’s most insightful, intelligent and experienced transformational leadership teams, is offering two back-to-back facilitation trainings at Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation. Authentic Facilitation 1: Learning to facilitate with presence of ease is on June 10th, followed by Authentic Facilitation 2: Learning to sit in the fire of conflict on June 11th. Check here for registration and details.
Nothing launches stories into the heats and minds of our audiences like a powerful image. So don’t miss “Behind the Lens of a Veteran Photojournalist: How to Tell More Compelling Stories Using Photos” on Wednesday, April 21st at 10 AM PDT. It’s the latest webinar from the brilliant media and messaging team at Resource Media in Seattle. It’s one hour, it’s free, and offers concrete tips and tools for social change & environmental organizations. Presenters are Matt Brashears (12 year photojournalist) and Sian Wu (communications guru); click here for details and to register.
Managing” social activists…. Does that sound like an oxymoron, or what!? Working in the not-for-profit sector for 20 years, I’ve noticed that the biggest messes many leaders face stem from a lack of skill in managing their people. Managing teams is especially tough when both the (often reluctant) managers AND the ‘managees’ are trained, if not fundamentally driven, to question authority and status quo power structures. Two upcoming workshops – one on the West Coast of B.C., and one in Washington, D.C. – can help.
First, the fabulous Deena Chochinov, a veteran organizational development consultant (among other skills) is leading a 2-part workshop on Talent Management on May 7th and May 14th in Vancouver, BC. As she explains, “This high-impact skill-building workshop will guide you through the key drivers and steps for creating a motivated, inspired and responsible workforce that will survive and thrive in these challenging times.” See http://www.hollyhock.ca for details.
On the other side of the continent, a workshop in D.C. addresses HR (human resources) and social activism in particular. The Management Assistance Group is offering a 3-part workshop on Managing Real People, Managing Change, especially for social justice organizations. It’s being offered out of the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., starting with a full-day session on May 11th. See http://events.constantcontact.com for details.