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LeadNOW launches Leader Series on Tue 5/13 May 8, 2014

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Next Tuesday LeadNOW will launch Leader Series. This series of forums will feature community leaders who have done unique work in civic engagement and community building. Our goal is to inspire emerging leaders within the Seattle Works community to think outside the box and motivate action in our community.

How does it work? Glad you asked! Our forums will feature a different leader every quarter, they will have the opportunity to give a short presentation on the work they are doing and what inspired them to get involved. Then, participants will get to have an open discussion with speaker, ask questions, share experiences, and give input.

Our first forum features Debra Webb, who will discuss with participants the connection between art and social justice, her work in Yesler Terrace, and creative placemaking.


Leader Series: The Intersection of Art & Social Justice

Tue 5/13 | 6:30pm | FREE Register | Panama Hotel | 605 1/2 S Main St, Seattle

Join us in a discussion with Debra Webb, a leader in the Seattle community who is doing unique work in art, social justice and community engagement. Network with fellow community leaders, listen to Debra’s story and talk with her about her work. Get inspired to make a difference in your community.

About DebraDebra Webb

Debra’s artistic career is rooted in the passion for public art and a life-long commitment to social justice. She is a skilled project manager with fifteen years experience collaborating with leading artists, government agencies and diverse communities to develop arts-based initiatives that enrich and advance humanity. Debra holds an M.F.A. in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a B.F.A. in Art History and Sculpture from the University of Colorado.

Debra recently published Placemaking and Social Equity: Expanding the Framework of Creative Placemaking, lectures on the intersections of art and social change, and is the proud recipient of Seattle University’s Social Justice and Community Engagement award. She sits on the Advisory Board of Yesler Terrace Youth Media, Yesler Arts Council and Chairs the Lincoln APP Arts & Culture Advantage. Debra is a mother, artist and ardent activist.

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Have questions about LeadNOW? Visit www.seattleworks.org/leadnow or email Ben@seattleworks.org

 

 

 

HandsOn projects are in–are you ready to take the lead? February 26, 2014

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So you’ve done the one-day volunteering thing for a while and now you’re ready to get your hands even (metaphorically) dirtier, right? Well we’ve got four new HandsOn Leadership projects waiting for you!

As Ben mentioned last week, we’ve got some new surprises in store for this round of HandsOn Leadership that will make you a rockstar volunteer project manager–and an even stronger leader. Our in-class time will use real-life projects from local nonprofits to build your skills and help you get to know your classmates. If you get attached to your project during the class, you’ll have the option to continue working on it with your team!

So, what are the projects?

Create an irresistible silent auction for the Alexander Hamilton Friends Association gala! Hamilton Friends helps high-achieving, low-income students make the successful transition from high school to college and beyond. This year, they’re hoping to raise $10,000 in the silent auction to support their work–the HandsOn Leadership team will help procure the items they need to make this year’s auction bigger and better than ever!

Be the Directors of Fun at the Arthritis Foundation’s summer camp for kids! The Arthritis Foundation’s KAT-FISH Camp is an annual family camp for kids and teens with arthritis. The HandsOn Leadership team will serve on the camp’s planning committee and plan all of the social activities for camp–think games, entertainment, icebreakers, talent shows and more!

Get Seattle to Walk Like MADD! Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash 5k is a run/walk that engages victims, survivors and supporters to raise awareness about impaired driving and underage drinking. The HandsOn Leadership team will help MADD develop a plan to spread the word about the Dash and get more Seattleites involved!

Throw a party for young donors at Imagine Housing! Imagine Housing is the only nonprofit in East King County dedicated solely to providing affordable housing for the lowest-income families. Their work is supported primarily through donors–and Millennials play a critical part. The HandsOn Leadership team will plan and throw an event to get young donors excited about Imagine Housing!

HandsOn Leadership starts Weds 3/12–are you ready to learn and lead? Need more info? Check out our website, or contact Ben and Katie.

 

 

HandsOn Leadership gets a facelift February 13, 2014

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Every once and a while we must take a step back and look at our programming and identify ways in which we can improve the content, structure and overall feel. Some nip and tuck is sometimes the result of this type of evaluation.

Over the past several weeks Katie and I have been working hard to better understand how to prepare HandsOn Leadership participants with the tools and skills for completing projects with a nonprofit organization. And of course, in true Seattle Works form, figure out ways in which to make the training as interactive as possible.

We are excited to share with you the new and improved HandsOn Leadership:

Session One: Who are you as a leader?

The first session is all about getting to know others and getting to know yourself as a leader. Participants identify the project that is of most interest to them and are split into teams. Through interactive activities, you’ll learn about different work styles, practices in leadership and how you react to conflict.

Session Two: How do you manage a project in a nonprofit?

We walk you through how to work with nonprofits, breaking through some of the stereotypes, common misconceptions and the basics of how the nonprofit sector operates. You’ll get some project management best practices and have time to work with your team and representative from the project nonprofit on how to apply what you’ve learned so far.

Session Three: How do you put it all together?

Before coming up with your next steps and outline your project workplan, you’ll gain some more insights in project management. With plenty of team time to put everything you’ve learned to practice, you’ll present your plan to the group.

Next Steps: Execute the project!

Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll have next steps and a basic workplan to start your project with the nonprofit you’d been working on. Attend an orientation session with your nonprofit partner and new team to brainstorm how you’ll tackle your project–and then you’re off! You’ll work with your team to manage all aspects of the project on whatever schedule you decide works for you over the course of the following months. Seattle Works will check in along the way, but this is your chance to really put your skills as a leader and project manager to work!

So there you have it! Our new and improved HandsOn Leadership. I know you want to be part of it!

Sign up for HandsOn Leadership today! Our next series is Wed 3/12, 3/19 & 3/26, 6-9pm!

 

Taking board leadership to the next level January 21, 2014

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This week marked our second round ever of The Bridge 201. This advanced board service training program is designed specifically for individuals who are currently serving on a nonprofit board. Through a series of modules that challenge participants to think with an adaptive mindset, we are taking board leadership to the next level.

The nine participants this round gathered in the Seattle Works office for deep conversations about leadership, the challenges they are currently facing on their boards and how to overcome them. Clearly identifying where their challenges fall along the adaptive/technical axis.

Participants of The Bridge 201 go through a board simulation to apply their new skills. January 2014.

Participants of The Bridge 201 go through a board simulation to apply their new skills. January 2014.

When asked “how did this course change your prospective on leadership?” participants said:

  • “[The Bridge 201] caused me to focus more more on how to analyze leadership modes and classification of issues to find solutions.”
  • “Being a leader is about (in large part) asking the right questions.”
  • “It allowed me to carve out avenues to bring up different and difficult conversations.”
  • “Presented that boards should have a larger influence on change within every aspect of an organization.”

Ok, great – so we’ve got a group that has a new perspective on leadership. But how has The Bridge 201 changed their perspective on their role as board member?

  • “It caused me to think about ways to push our group’s thoughts.”
  • “I learned that I am a generative thinker and how to utilize other forms of analysis to solve problems.”
  • “I have a responsibility to ask hard questions.”
  • “Strategic methods of change can be introduced and implemented without having to announce it is happening – leading by example, not by proposal.”

There you have it, local board members who have a new perspective on how they can make a difference within their board, their organization and the greater Seattle community.

Do you want to join the ranks of board smarties? Take The Bridge and/or The Bridge 201Have a question? Contact Ben@seattleworks.org.

 

Transforming nonprofit boards through leadership training December 11, 2013

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Over the course of 6 months this year, we – in partnership with Bridge faculty member Julie Bianchi – developed and piloted a brand new leadership training program for individuals currently serving on a nonprofit board of directors.

Members of The Bridge 201 Pilot Cohort, June 2013

You may be asking yourself, “Why? You already have The Bridge to train board members.” That is true – but we saw a gap that needed to be filled. What’s the next step? You’ve joined a board, you’ve been very involved and are looking to grow by accepting a leadership role on the board. What do you do?

The Bridge 201 helps those who are taking on more leadership roles on a board. In this 6-hour training, participants gain valuable tools ranging from a refresher on the roles and responsibilities of board members to how adaptive leadership can transform your impact on the board. Incorporating activities that are specifically tailored for the adult learner, this innovative training breaks away from traditional lecture style training to provide a rich environment that encourages discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

Our inaugural cohort of Bridge 201 participants left the training saying:

“Wow! [The Bridge 201] really opened my eyes to more strategy and intention behind leadership.”
“Provided [me] a new and important lens for evaluating issues and creating an environment of change.”
“It’s great to have people who serve on boards share together.”

The Bridge 201 is not just a training, it is building a community of nonprofit board members that can be a resource to one-another as they continue to make an impact in the community. In addition to the training, the cohort is given access to a platform in which they can bounce ideas off each other, stay connected, ask questions and continue to learn.

So, what do graduates of The Bridge 201 walk away with? Fantastic question! The Bridge 201 is broken up into two, three-hour sessions (typically a Tue & Thu evening). The sessions are strategically broken up into modules that build upon each other. Here are some of the learning objectives that participants walk away with:

Session One

Participants apply the definition of adaptive leadership to real world examples; represented by adaptive vs. technical challenges in the world and society.

  • Define the characteristics and skills common to leaders and the key roles of board members.
  • Identify examples of adaptive leaders and challenges in your own experience.
  • Define the three modes of governance

Sessions Two

  • List the qualities of an adaptive organization and a culture of inquiry.
  • Apply what you’ve learned in a board room simulation to navigate a complex challenge.
  • Create three action items for how you will take what you learned back to your board.

The Bridge 201 is assisting in the transformation of nonprofit board leadership in the Seattle area. We’ve been working since our pilot session to perfect this program and make it something that we think is a “must-do” for any one who is taking on a leadership role on a board.

The next session of The Bridge 201 is Tue 1/14 & Thu 1/16, 6-9pm. Registration is currently open, sign up now! For more information, contact Ben@seattleworks.org. 

 

And our HandsOn Leadership teams are off! November 21, 2013

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Last night marked the kickoff of our fall round of HandsOn Leadership projects–and we are so excited for the work these teams are about to accomplish. What will they be up to in the next few months? Well, last night they created mission statements for their projects–here’s what they came up with:

HOL Fall 2013 Teams 1

Helping Link
Helping Link assists Vietnamese immigrants in their effort to settle in their new country, strengthen the Vietnamese community and promote cultural harmony in Seattle. They use volunteers to provide ESL, parenting, job readiness, and computer literacy training; tutoring; youth leadership opportunities; citizenship assistance; and community building events. Helping Link also sponsors the Tet in Seattle Festival every year–at which the work of our HandsOn Leadership team will be displayed this year.

Project Mission: Create a visual exhibit to increase community awareness of services Helping Link provides and opportunities for the community to get involved in. The visual exhibit will be diverse, to serve  various events and purposes.

HOL Fall 2013 Teams 2Youth In Focus
Youth In Focus empowers urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives. Youth In Focus puts cameras in the hands of low income, at-risk youth and places them in a challenging environment surrounded by high quality talented teachers and nurturing adult volunteer mentors. They’ve graduated over 2,800 youth from their free program–and exhibits student photography all over the Seattle area.  The HandsOn Leadership team will help Youth In Focus reach out to new venues and work to schedule several student shows this winter and spring.

Project Mission: Establish sustainable relationships in the community in order to increase awareness and exposure by securing space, nurturing current relationships, and building new ones to showcase students’ work.

Want to learn more about HandsOn Leadership? Check out our website! HandsOn Leadership runs twice a year–and our next round kicks off in March 2014!

 

 

 

Why your organization needs a HandsOn Leadership team October 4, 2013

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Most of our nonprofit partners know Seattle Works best for sending in crews of hard-working volunteers to tackle all of their best done-in-a-day projects–but did you know we train project managers to take on 3-6 month projects at these organizations, too?
That’s right–we have teams of project managers ready to tackle your organization’s to-do list. Through our HandsOn Leadership program, Seattle Works takes volunteers who want to take their service to the next level, and equips them with the skills they need to make your organization’s projects a reality. What have our HandsOn Leadership teams accomplished? They’ve:

  • Planned and managed the building of outdoor classrooms and playgrounds at a local schools and childcare centers
  • Helped organizations define and expand their volunteer recruitment and training strategies
  • Created outreach materials and developed social media and communications plans

And so much more! Are you ready for a HandsOn Leadership team? Great! In exchange for a team of trained project managers, we ask that project hosts:

  • Provide a vision for a 3-6 month project with a clear start and end date, mission and deliverables
  • Have the resources to support and manage a team and provide access to these resources for the duration of the project

Our Fall 2013 HandsOn Leadership projects kick off on November 20 and we’re accepting project applications until October 14. If you’re interested in learning more or would like the link to our application page, contact Katie Tiehen at katie@seattleworks.org