Summer 2015 Programs
What management, leadership, and strategy programs do we have in store for you this spring? Strengthen your organization and become the leader you want to be.
The Power in a Strengths-Based Leadership Approach
In a sector grappling with tremendous burnout, a core group of current and emerging leaders in California's domestic violence field is showing it doesn't have to be this way. By focusing on personal strengths, both their own and those of their colleagues and clients, these individuals are leading their agencies and the field with a new sense of possibility and purpose. We are so pleased to share our just released paper Working from Strengths to End Domestic Violence, which uses the real experience of participants to show how the Blue Shield of California Foundation's Strong Field Project is applying the principles of strengths-based leadership to create individual, organizational, and field-wide change in the domestic violence movement. You'll also get grounding in signature themes of the framework as well as a rich bank of resources to move your learning forward. Download the paper here.
Self-Care Tips and Advice from Social Workers
We've updated our "12 Resources for Your Self-Care Starter Kit" post with a new resource: a list put together by the School of Social Work at Simmons College featuring tips and advice from clinical social workers, psychologists, and other professionals. For social change makers working in these kinds of professions, finding ways to cope with stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout can be especially challenging. Even if you're not a social worker or psychologist, you're bound to find some words of wisdom to connect with. Find out what these leaders had to say about cultivating self-care on and off the clock here. You can also revisit our list of self-care resources here, and leave your own advice in the comments.
Is Your Board as Inclusive as It Should Be?
More than ever, nonprofits are making an effort to be intentional about board diversity and creating inclusive practices, yet diversity data around race, ethnicity, and age continue to be flat-out appalling (see the recent report Leading with Intent for more on this). CompassPoint governance consultant and trainer Marla Cornelius analyzes this disconnect between intention and results and proposes some radical steps boards can take to close the gap. Read the blog here.
Attend these upcoming governance workshops and get your board set up for success:
Support CompassPoint's Work in the Community
We're lucky to partner with remarkable leaders who are working to become the change their communities need the most. Leaders like Nicholas Hatten, who took his grief after AIDS devastated his circle of friends and transformed it to create the San Joaquin Pride Center; Cecilia Moreno, who says her favorite thing about her work at Dolores Street Community Services is "seeing people's faces change from despair to having hope"; and NaTisha Hutson who says what inspires her work in restorative justice is the responsibility to "lift as I climb." Read more about these leaders in our annual report.
With your help, we can support many more stories like these. As you make end-of-year gifts, please consider a contribution to CompassPoint so that we can continue to walk with leaders as they answer the call to be the change their communities need. Donate now.