From Scarcity to Abundance: Cultivating Diverse Leadership
Striving to cultivate diverse
leadership and participation?
Wishing you could have better
NLI's highly acclaimed 5-workshop
organizational and professional development series will give you the tools to be more effective.
2017 dates: Thursdays, March 2, March 30, April 27, May 25 (9 am - 4 pm) and June 15 (9 am - 1 pm)
At the Cornell Cooperative
Extension-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY.
Led by Margo Hittleman, Phoebe Brown, and Michele Jones
This series is designed to help participants strengthen their abilities to build diverse relationships and
develop diverse leadership, while simultaneously furthering their organization's mission,
goals, and work.
Who should attend:
- Staff, volunteers and Board members from organizations
committed to the inter-related work of building inclusive, just and
ecologically sound communities.
- Leaders are found at all levels of an organization,
whether or not they have formal leadership titles. For this reason, we
welcome participants from all levels of your organization, as long as they
have their supervisor's support to experiment with new approaches to their
work and are willing to share what they are learning with others in their
- We encourage organizations to send multiple
participants to increase impact and foster organizational change.
Limited to 20 participants. Priority given to those working on
"sustainability" and "equity" issues such as community development, energy, waste,
transportation, land use, green jobs, local economies, climate change, equity and inclusion,
community resilience, community capacity-building, etc.
In this series, you will:
- Develop your skills and confidence to intentionally build and strengthen diverse relationships, while furthering your
organization’s mission and work
the diverse, untapped pools of natural leaders and potential leaders who
already have some connection to your organization, or share interests and
and implement strategies to systematically build your diverse
relationships and develop and retain diverse organizational leadership
- Learn concrete strategies for leveraging the power of diverse teams
and intentionally use your personal and organizational resources to reach diversity and inclusion goals
- Develop strategies and habits to more successfully prioritize and integrate diversity
and inclusion efforts into your work
and evaluate “success” so you can account for your relational and
leadership development work
to develop a “network mindset” and plan for collective impact
in this area
an ongoing leadership support network with other participants
An Intensive Action-Learning Model:
This series is designed to enable you to use in-class time
to work with others (within and across organizations) to:
- Explore new ways of thinking and working
- Define desired results and identify promising actions
- Put plans into action
- Come together to reflect on successes and challenges
- Refine plans and identify new steps
- Develop a concrete work plan that integrates
cultivating diversity into the work you are already doing.
Between sessions, you will identify opportunities practice new skills, take actions that you have
identified, and reflect on what you are learning.
Coaching & Support: NLI facilitators are available via email, phone and
occasional face-to-face meetings to provide coaching and support between
Networking opportunities: We will provide
networking opportunities with NLI Grads and other natural leaders interested in
building sustainable, socially just, inclusive communities.
Impact: Past participants have...
- Increased their knowledge, confidence and skills for building diverse relationships
- Built new relationships that diversified their professional and personal networks
- Identified new, innovative ways to use untapped organizational resources to further goals
- Successfully created new, more diverse community partnerships
- Increased their awareness and comfort talking about diversity and inclusion across a variety of "isms"
- Launched new conversations within their organizations
- Identified and pursued new opportunities related to diversity and inclusion
- Created innovative programming that enabled their organization to better meet its mission and goals
- Found community allies to support them in their work
- Fostered team-building among the participants from their organization
Certificate: Participants who attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions will receive
a Leadership Development Certificate from Cornell Cooperative
Cost: Fees cover the workshops,
handouts, lunch and healthy snacks. Community non-profit rate: $150 for
the series (equivalent to $30/session) for the first person from an
organization; $75 for additional participants from the same organization. Small
for-profit organizations (<5 people): $500. Large for-profit and
not-for-profit organizations: $800.
Note: We are able to offer these
highly subsidized rates thanks to a grant from the Park Foundation and support
from Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins. Some additional scholarships are
Questions? Contact us!
Last updated February 9, 2017