Community Leadership Accelerator (formerly Elevating Community Leaders), now in its second year, is a program designed to develop diverse leaders who are grounded in their own leadership, can sustain themselves as leaders, and can drive community change.
According to national data, “The nonprofit sector is experiencing a seismic demographic shift as Baby Boomers reach retirement age. This shift already is creating a vacuum in leadership that will continue for the next two decades” (Nonprofit Sector Leadership Report, 2016). This shift is also being experienced beyond the nonprofit sector.
The young leaders we have worked with see things differently. They say:
The next generation of leaders are already here and have wisdom to share
They are willing to step up and explore what leadership could look like for them
They are curious about how their leadership fits in today’s organizations
They are willing to do the work of stepping up and are seeking support for doing just that
We’ve listened to the leaders of today, and to the leaders of tomorrow.
To facilitate the sharing of the wisdom and strengths in the room and the building of a peer community
To build the emotional and social intelligence necessary for effective leadership
To encourage and support practices that restore, inspire, sustain, and empower community leaders
To explore what sharing leadership and power looks like through the lenses of diversity, equity and inclusion
To develop a pool (or pipeline) of community leaders
Program components: The curriculum is designed to grow integrated leadership, where leading self, leading others, and sharing power all come together.
5-month program with up to 20 participants from Southern Arizona, Phoenix and all the communities between and around
3-day opening retreat and a final 1 ½ day closing retreat
Monthly reflection and application circles (3)
Two coaching sessions with each emerging leader
Homework, including pre-reading, practices, assessments, etc.
A demonstrated leader/agent of change who envisions taking a greater leadership role
Is ready to be more intentional and take a deeper dive
Has the capacity to commit to the program
Is energized by learning and growth
Is interested in and/or already driving community change