Practice-based training programs

Workshop conducted by Barbara Wyckoff

Session of the leadership training program that Barbara conducted with the National Network of Forest Practitioners at a Quaker retreat center in Wallingford, PA.

Enhancing Creative and Shared Leadership Program

This 6-month intensive training program is designed for emerging leaders. In this program you will:

  • Connect to your vision and purpose
  • Build and strengthen your creative competencies
  • Learn skills for effectively leading teams and collaboratives
  • Identify leverage points where you can have the greatest impact
  • Develop self-awareness and skills related to professional interaction
  • Enhance your performance by completing a 360° assessment and on-going executive coaching
  • Develop networks with other community leaders

The Leadership Program is appropriate for program leaders, mid-career professionals, and others in non-profits and small businesses who are passionate about their work, energized by a creative peer learning environment, willing to look at themselves, and able to commit to six months of enrollment.

The next program begins in Fall 2011 with a retreat in Pendle Hill, PA, from October 14–17 and concludes with a retreat in Corbett, Oregon, from March 23–25, 2012. In between these retreats, participants will engage in bi-weekly assignments, monthly one-on-one coaching calls with Barbara, and monthly peer-learning calls.

View a video report on the Fall 2010 Leadership Training Program that Barbara conducted for the National Network of Forest Practitioners or listen to what alumni of the program have to say.

For more information, download the program flyer or visit the program website.

Download the application for the program.

“I am a big believer in the Enhancing Creative and Shared Leadership Program; it is an important and valuable training. I have sent a staff member to each of the previous two trainings, and it was a transformative experience for both individuals. They each grew in their own sense of self. As a result of last year’s program, our staff member was empowered in her leadership capabilities while also learning to acknowledge and accept limitations in herself and others.”

—Justin Maxson, Executive Director, MACED

Read other participants’ responses to the training program.

Grassroots Fundraising—training course and peer-learning

At the end of this five-month long course, you will have:

  • Designed an individual donor fundraising program
  • Begun cultivation of donors, held an event, and made an appeal
  • Started implementing an individual donor fundraising program for your organization

Course components include monthly teleconference trainings, assignments, peer learning sessions, and individual technical assistance.

This training is appropriate for all grassroots and non-profit organizations. One non-profit staff member and one Board member must commit to the five-month training program.

The next program will run January–May, 2012. For more information, download the program flyer and program application.

“Our staff and board now understand how big a role we all play in fundraising for the organization. Looking forward to a year from now, I think everyone involved will do a better job of not just fundraising, but also talking about the organization with everyone they know.”

—Participant, Grassroots Fundraising Program

Fundraising and Friendraising with Social Media—webinar series

In this two-part participatory webinar series you will learn to:

  • Use various communication channels for an integrated social media strategy
  • Set realistic goals
  • Measure success

You will better understand how to use Facebook, Twitter, and Constant Contact for friendraising and fundraising and have the opportunity to use your new knowledge and receive professional feedback.

This webinar is designed for individuals with little or no experience with using social media as a marketing tool. Registration is limited to 15 individuals to ensure the greatest possible benefits to participants.

This webinar series is being offered for the first time in June 2011. Check back soon for future dates.

For more information, download the program flyer.

Talking About Impact!—training course and peer-learning

“So often we get wrapped up in the day-to-day work of our organizations that we forget to look at how effective we are being. This course offered an opportunity for staff to focus on and come up with specific goals and data on our impact to communicate to people who need to hear about it!”

—Amy Pancake, Hardy County Community Foundation, Affiliate Director

During this 4-month training and peer-learning course you will:

  • Learn the basics of measuring impact
  • Measure some of the impacts of your past grant-making
  • Design and put into place a simple and effective process for gathering data and telling your story

The course session will be offered via teleconference and includes monthly teleconference trainings and assignments, peer-learning sessions, and individual technical assistance.

This training is appropriate for all organizations interested in improving their ability to assess the impact of their programs. Two individuals from each organization must commit to the 4-month program.

This course will be held in West Virginia from May to August in 2011. Check back for future dates.

For more information, download the program flyer.

  • “Our lead sustainable agriculture staff person returned energized, more self-aware, and more passionate about leading our sustainable agricultural work. Since then, he has stepped up in many ways to build our initiative, bring in new money, and form new partnerships... Now we've asked Barbara to work with our entire staff...”

    Michelle Decker,
    Executive Director,
    Rural Action

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