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 Marin

Leadership for Equity & Opportunity 

This program is supported by a grant from the Buck Family Fund of the Marin Community Foundation

Application deadline: January 19, 2021

*The 2021 cohort will be held online to accommodate current Covid-19 restrictions.  Live attendance at all online sessions is required.

Watch the informational webinar for more information!

Session 1
February 8-10, 2021
Session 2
March 17-19, 2021
Session 3
April 21-23, 2021

Our community has faced unprecedented times in the face of a public health and economic crisis and an amplified demand for racial justice. The focus of Marin LEO 2021 will be on transforming the systems, policies and norms perpetuating inequities in Marin County - from education to public safety to civic engagement and social services. 

This program is designed to break down traditional hierarchies across organizations, sectors and generations to create greater access to community change.  The work is about our own capacity for creating the results we want to see, and how we work together differently to reach our common goals.  No matter where you are in your career or leadership journey, this program supports you to generate change.

 

This program is for: 

  • Senior Leaders: CEOs, Executive Directors and other senior leaders in organizations or government 

  • Emerging Leaders: Program coordinators, managers and emerging leaders who want to deepen their capacity for generating change and moving results forward within the organization

  • Community Activists: Those who volunteer their time and capacities to the community outside of a formal organizational structure to help realize change

  • Young Leaders: The 2021 cohort will explicitly include young leaders.  The heart of the current movement is undeniably the next generation.  The young people in our community and across the country are stepping up to lead the way, to envision a new future and to demand that the systems and norms that do not serve this vision are shifted.

  • Elders: Those who have been working toward change for decades and want to share wisdom, learn from others and cultivate refreshed energy and new perspectives 

Community change makers and leaders across sectors and generations will work together in this cohort to build a new future.  

The cohort will also help align our collective work to advance the following shifts toward deeper and sustained equity in Marin: 

  • FROM separate efforts for equity TO synergistic partnership for equity:  Shifting from disparate community efforts to reach similar equity focused goals to synergistic collaboration across sectors and efforts to advance common equity focused goals more quickly and strategically

  • FROM majority white leaders TO Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other leaders of color: From formal decision-making and elected positions held by majority older white leaders to formal decision-making and elected positions also held by Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other leaders of color

  • FROM talking about equity TO taking action on equity: From equity reflected in individual, organization and government ideals and discussions to equity reflected in individual, organization and government actions, decisions and policies

  • FROM systems that perpetuate inequities TO systems that deliver equitable services: From systems that by design perpetuate inequitable resources, services and opportunities based on race, class, gender, socioeconomic status, ability or geography to systems that are reimagined and re-designed to serve everyone. 

THE FRAMEWORK

Radical Transformational Leadership, the framework that the Leadership for Equity and Opportunity program is based on, was designed by Dr. Monica Sharma in the context of important human development issues including public health to address similar crises’ such as HIV/AIDS and Human Trafficking. It was designed to help multi-sector communities respond to and solve the immediate crisis while at the same time shifting inequitable and detrimental systems, norms and policies while activating universal values on which to base new systems and norms. It was designed to help multi-sector communities work together differently, and to take courageous and strategic action to generate alternatives to systems that are no longer working. The framework was designed for the very times we now find ourselves in as a community, seeking the best way to enter into recovery from COVID-19, dismantle racism and generate equitable results while not accepting the status quo.

The LEO program is a space to work together differently, generate a common language, and to build the resilience, courage and capacity to generate equitable systems and policies. We invite you to be a part of this critical program at this unprecedented moment in our community.  

WHAT IS RADICAL TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Radical Transformational Leadership is a framework by Dr. Monica Sharma, former Director of Leadership for Capacity Development for the United Nations.  The programs, Leadership for Equity and Opportunity and Leadership for Community Transformation are the same program, based on Dr. Sharma's framework and are advised and often delivered by Dr. Sharma Monica. The framework describes how we can source our inner capacities and wisdom to manifest change that embodies universal values of dignity, compassion and fairness, and simultaneously transform unworkable systems and norms in order to solve problems. Everyone has the potential to be a leader–a person who creates a new future–through actions in society, at home, and at work. This leadership framework lays out a pathway for unleashing our human potential to create a new future through strategic action. 

 

The framework deconstructs fallacies that societies continue to promote related to self and the world around us, that leads to complacency and non-action. Radical Transformational Leadership will not be useful for those who are satisfied with communities or the world as it is today - this framework is for people who have questions about how to impact equitable change. It encourages us to question the status quo, ask relevant questions and generate insights that will generate prosperity, and establish equity and dignity.

WHAT DO WE DO IN THIS PROGRAM?

  • Apply cutting edge leadership principles that have been tested globally to local efforts in order to create positive systemic and equitable change

  • Get practical with over 40 principles and tools that help us shift systems and norms for equitable sustainable change

  • Build new ways of partnering to effect greater impact and scalable solutions

  • Learn how to design projects to simultaneously solve problems,  shift systems & norms and activate shared values

  • Transform how  we do everyday activities – meetings, fundraising, planning and more – to move an equity agenda forward

  • Learn communication practices for creating new narratives about important issues you are working to address

  • Apply cutting edge personal leadership development to unleash the powerful systems change leader in all of us while supporting others to do the same

  • Build deep and lasting community relationships to provide inspiration and support for leading and maintaining systemic change.

 

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?​

Individuals and organizations working toward generating systems change in sectors that impact youth - from education to housing to public safety to social services and beyond.    The program is appropriate for all levels of leadership and experience. Executives and elected officials have benefited as much as students and community advocates – and we need all levels to work together to create change.  Participants thrive when they are willing to start with a beginners mind, are committed to equity and social justice and value systems thinking. 

PROJECT BASED LEARNING-IN-ACTION​

The focus of Marin LEO 2021 is shifting systems that perpetuate inequities in our community.  Participants will bring to the program a project, ideally in the context of something they are already working on, that they hope will impact the community in the areas of education, employment, public safety, social services, basic needs and beyond.  In addition to the online intensive sessions, participants will be paired with two other participants for a weekly call between sessions to further learning and accountability to practice of what is learned. The expectation is that participants will continue after the program to use the knowledge, capacities and project design skills in the community for positive change.

Read more about alumni projects HERE

PROGRAM FORMAT FOR 2021

To accommodate Covid-19 restrictions, we will be hosting the 2021 Marin LEO program through live online sessions via Zoom.  Live participation in all sessions is required to participate.  

Session 1:
Being the Change
February 8-10, 2021

 

Day 1

Topic 1, 9-10:45am

Break, 10:45-11:10am 

Topic 2, 11:15-12:45pm

Lunch Break, 12:45-1:30

Topic 3, 1:30-3:30pm

Day 2

Topic 1, 9-10:45am

Break, 10:45-11:10am 

Topic 2, 11:15-12:45pm

Lunch Break, 12:45-1:30

Topic 3, 1:30-3:30pm

Day 3

Topic 1, 9-10:45am

Break, 10:45-11am 

Topic 2 & Closing, 11-1pm

Session 2: Designing Change
March 17-19, 2021

Day 1

Topic 1, 9-10:45am

Break, 10:45-11:10am 

Topic 2, 11:15-12:45pm

Lunch Break, 12:45-1:30

Topic 3, 1:30-3:30pm

Day 2

Topic 1, 9-10:45am

Break, 10:45-11:10am 

Topic 2, 11:15-12:45pm

Lunch Break, 12:45-1:30

Topic 3, 1:30-3:30pm

Day 3

Topic 1, 9-10:45am

Break, 10:45-11am 

Topic 2 & Closing, 11-1pm

Session 3:
Leading Change
April 21-23, 2021

Day 1

Topic 1, 9-10:45am

Break, 10:45-11:10am 

Topic 2, 11:15-12:45pm

Lunch Break, 12:45-1:30

Topic 3, 1:30-3:30pm

Day 2

Topic 1, 9-10:45am

Break, 10:45-11:10am 

Topic 2, 11:15-12:45pm

Lunch Break, 12:45-1:30

Topic 3, 1:30-3:30pm

Day 3

Topic 1, 9-10:45am

Break, 10:45-11am 

Topic 2 & Closing, 11-1pm

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