Carolina Leadership Seminars

Carolina Leadership Seminars are designed to strengthen the abilities of dedicated executive directors from nonprofits across South Carolina. 

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FROM CAROLINA LEADERSHIP SEMINARS FACILITATOR, AND ITS CONTENT CREATOR, CHARLES WEATHERS ON WHY THIS SEMINAR IS SO VALUABLE, AND EVER MORE SO NOW AMID THE CURRENT GLOBAL PANDEMIC...


ABOUT THE CAROLINA LEADERSHIP SEMINARS (CLS) PROGRAM

Carolina Leadership Seminars - New Executives

Nonprofit Executive Director participants will engage in a series of candid and confidential discussions with peers regarding their organization’s current performance and their personal leadership challenges.  

Our goal is for participants to walk away from each session with practical tools and actionable insights to embed an elevated intraorganizational culture of race equity into their professional environments and processes, and tools to mitigate risk and crises.

Our intent is to equip CLS participants with the strategies and tactics necessary to effectively steward their organizations, spur their resolve to embed race equity into their organizations and environments, and to increase the impact of nonprofits across the state.

Participants will engage in a series of candid and confidential discussions with peers regarding their organization’s current performance and their personal leadership challenges. Our goal is for participants to walk away from each session with practical tools and actionable insights.

Carolina Leadership Seminars has established itself as a trusted, multi-faceted program of capacity building - specifically for the nonprofit executive director.  However, as Charles always says we must at all times "keep our finger on the pulse."  As such we are adding COVID-19 and crisis mitigation; along with race equity schema to this comprehensive learning opportunity.  Through research and careful planning, a much more time-sensitive and tailored design has emerged.
Here are the concepts that will be covered:
  • Approaches that nurture meaningful relationship with the Board, as well as recommendations on how to repair a damaged Board/CEO relationship
  • How to transform dysfunctional communication styles into effective and productive interactions
  • The value of developing high trust relationships as well as the cost of low trust relationships
  • Tactics that can be employed to better recognize and navigate organizational, economic, social, and political changes
  • Best practices and technical training in nonprofit finance basics
  • Strategies that will embed race equity, encourage individual change, and stimulate culturally competent conditions within organizations
  • Crisis management planning for navigating COVID-19 and other issues that could potentially disrupt vital work and/or organizational continuity

New to the Carolina Leadership Seminars Program
Race Equity:  In order to embed race equity into organizational processes, nonprofit leaders must have the tools, skills, and capacity to operationalize a structural race equity platform to their work. Individuals who are inspired and mobilized to create lasting positive change that proliferates, are vital to crafting an equitable nonprofit sector.  By sharing effective strategies that can transform individuals and stimulate constructive intraorganizational culture, the sector as a whole will move towards racial equity.
To that end, CLS intends to develop the capacity of leaders to create strategy, conduct research, assess their interorganizational policies, share power, talk effectively about race, and advocate for their Black, Indigenous, and other POC counterparts. They will also learn to build sturdy and sustainable workplaces, campaigns, services, products, and environments that are rooted in racial equity.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Crisis Mitigation: A guidepost of best practices has been developed to provide nonprofits a starting point as they consider mid and long-term plans for their mission and their organization. It will assist nonprofit leaders as they hold important conversations and pivot to a new normal.  
We are pleased to offer these additions to CLS as we are confident that doing so has further enhanced the program.  Of course, the integrity and successful integrations that CLS has come to be known for will not be abandoned.  
It is important to remember that infusion of crisis planning and race equity initiatives into CLS curriculum is not a formulaic answer to your unique situation.  Nevertheless, a broad introduction into these topic areas will act as a launching point for conversations and will help shape and frame your future organizational aspirations, positioning, and response(s).

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

Charles C. Weathers, MBA, Founder & President of The Weathers Group, will design and lead all seminar sessions. Charles is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant who is a recognized expert on nonprofit leadership, organizational effectiveness and performance improvement. He and his team will provide creative, interactive learning opportunities for participants to address current organizational and leadership challenges in a confidential, open-dialogue learning environment.  Read more about Charles' background and expertise here

In response to COVID-19 the Fall 2020 edition of Carolina Leadership Seminars (CLS) will be hosted via digital format.  There will be a series of ten one and one-half hour online session modules; over five days that will provide a comprehensive overview of effective governance for the nonprofit executive director.  

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND

Attendance Criteria:
1) Nonprofit ED/CEO/Presidents who have been in their current position five years or less
2) Nonprofit Interim executives who have been in their current position five years or less
3)Nonprofit personnel who are being actively and directly groomed for the exec role

Participation is limited to Executive Directors/Chief Executive Officers, Interims, or those being directly groomed for such positions serving charitable nonprofit organizations within South Carolina, and who have served in their *current* position for less than five years.

To encourage support, applicants will be asked to provide an endorsement or nomination from a foundation involved in their organization. Foundations may also provide scholarship support for participants to encourage participation and defray costs.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONTINGENCY AND VIRTUAL INTERFACE DETAILS:

In response to the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19), Together SC intends to identify strategies to continue our duty to serve while also honoring the need to ensure and encourage healthful actions. As such the Fall 2020 edition of Carolina Leadership Seminars (CLS) will be hosted in a digital format.  There will be a series of ten one and one-half hour online session modules; over five days that will provide a comprehensive overview of effective governance for the nonprofit executive director.  

The goal and intent of CLS has not changed.  We wish to equip nonprofit executive directors with resources and knowledge to spur their innovation and increase the impact of their organization, which will elevate outcomes across the state. It is paramount that we ensure the integrity and good reputation of the CLS program. To that end, we have worked to ensure that the virtual edition of CLS is as engaging, valuable, fruitful, informational, and professionally developmental as its in-person counterpart. 

Nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs, Presidents, Interims, and those being directly groomed for such positions will benefit from the interactive curriculum which has been curated and created by facilitator, Charles Weathers.  We ask that one participant per organization registers at this time. If you do not occupy one of the aforementioned positions within a nonprofit organization, this opportunity may not be for you, but feel free to share with a more appropriate person at your organization.

Participants must attend ALL ten sessions to receive a Certificate of Completion. Attendance will be monitored during each session. Please carefully review the schedule, which is posted below, BEFORE registering for the course.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Shayne Kinloch at Shayne@TogetherSC.org.

Please note that due to limited seating, a selection process will be used to ensure class representation of diverse organizational types, backgrounds, and regions served.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS LEADERSHIP SEMINARS DATES & LOCATIONS
FALL 2020 CAROLINA LEADERSHIP SEMINARS SCHEDULE

Fall 2020 Executive Directors Leadership Seminars

  • Dates: August 5, September 9, October 7, November 11, December 9
  • Cost: $325
  • *CLS virtual classes will be held on the above dates, and on a "split" schedule to allow for a lunch-rest-and regenerate break. 
    Morning sessions will begin at 9 am - 10:30 am and resume for the afternoon at 2:30 pm - 4 pm.*

    Participants must be present for all session periods in order to receive credit for attendance and to earn a Certificate of Completion.  Attendance will be captured at each session period.

    LOCATION: Online Interface 

    Cost: $325  (if cost is a concern please reach out to us at Shayne@TogetherSC.org for options)

** While the full cost of this program is over $700 a participant we are able to offer it to attendees at much less than that price! Although Together SC membership is not an absolute requirement to attend, member dollars coupled with support from our generous philanthropic partners help to make this program possible. It is because of members like you that we are able to offer this invaluable training at such a discounted rate! We thank you for being an Ally for Good, and we are grateful for your support.**


CLS SESSION SCHEDULE & TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

August 5, 2020

SESSION I

The Board/CEO Relationship: Teamwork From the Top: The relationship between the Board and the CEO can make or break an organization. High-trust, understanding, clarity, and accountability are just a few of the traits that can strengthen this vital relationship. During this session participants learn to identify approaches that can nurture meaningful relationship with their Board, as well as recommendations on how to repair a damaged Board/CEO relationship.  

TIME: 9 am - 10:30 am   / BREAK FOR LUNCH /  2:30 pm - 4 pm

September 9, 2020

SESSION II

Leading Through Effective Communication: People frequently complain about a lack of communication on the job or in relationships and the inability of others to communicate. We have found that there is rarely a LACK of communication, but instead a lack of understanding about the many factors influencing communication. So how do we transform our dysfunctional communication styles into effective and productive interaction with others? Through this session participants will be equipped to communicate effectively and pointedly with a variety of individuals and groups and better prepared to maintain composure in challenging situations.

TIME: 9 am - 10:30 am   / BREAK FOR LUNCH /  2:30 pm - 4 pm

October 7, 2020

SESSION III

Cultivating a High Trust Culture: Trust, according to Stephen M. R. Covey in his critically acclaimed book, The Speed of Trust, is more than a nice social virtue. It is a quantifiable, hard-edged economic factor that impacts our decisions and results on a daily basis. This session highlights the value of developing high trust relationships as well as the cost of low trust relationships. Leaders who cultivate and maintain high trust relationships are much more likely to experience success in life, both professionally and personally.

TIME: 9 am - 10:30 am   / BREAK FOR LUNCH /  2:30 pm - 4 pm

November 11, 2020

SESSION IV

Navigating Organizational Change: Organizations that navigate change have a greater chance of remaining relevant, viable, and competitive. Your ability to navigate change will contribute to your success as well as the success of your organization. This session allows participants to explore approaches they can employ to better recognize and navigate organizational, economic, social, and political changes.

TIME: 9 am - 10:30 am   / BREAK FOR LUNCH /  2:30 pm - 4 pm

December 9, 2020

SESSION V 

Nonprofit Finance Basics:  Led by the Together SC staff, subject matter includes: Building a Budget, Fundraising, Marketing, Grantwriting, and Understanding Financial Statements. It is designed with input from participants.

TIME: 9 am - 10:30 am   /BREAK FOR LUNCH/  2:30 pm - 4 pm

**FALL 2020 CLS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTER TODAY!**

*CLS virtual classes will be held on the above dates, and on a "split" schedule to allow for a lunch-rest-and regenerate break.  Morning sessions will begin at 9 am - 10:30 am and resume for the afternoon at 2:30 pm - 4 pm.*

Participants must be present for all session periods in order to receive credit for attendance and to earn a Certificate of Completion.  Attendance will be captured at each session period.

LOCATION

Online Interface 


Cost: $325  (if cost is a concern please reach out to us at Shayne@TogetherSC.org for options)

While the full cost of this program is over $700 a participant we are able to offer it to attendees at much less than that price!  Although Together SC membership is not an absolute requirement to attend, member dollars coupled with support from our generous philanthropic partners help to make this program possible.  It is because of members like you that we are able to offer this invaluable training at such a discounted rate!  We thank you for being an Ally for Good, and we are grateful for your support.


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