Carolina Leadership Seminars

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

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. 

Charles Weathers and The Weathers Group will design and lead all seminars. 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.

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.

"As a member of the 2017 class of Carolina Leadership Seminars for new execs, I want to share how much I learned from Charles Weathers and my fellow participants. I also formed really great new connections. In fact, Zakiya Esper, Sowing Seeds into the Midlands’s executive director, who was in my class, and I collaborated on a Photovoice project called Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands, We also honored Zakiya at our International Women’s Day luncheon this year.  The opportunity to meet and interact with execs from across the state in an ongoing learning environment was much appreciated and will continue to bear fruit in the community."

                                      -Ann Warner, CEO WREN - Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network


Carolina Leadership Seminars - New Executives 

 


Grassroots Leaders Seminars

 

    

 


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

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.


NEW EXECUTIVES SEMINARS DATES & LOCATIONS
Registration is now closed

DATE/TIME

SESSION I: August 9, 2018  10am - 3pm
SESSION II: October 11, 2018  10am - 3pm
SESSION III: November 8, 2018 10am - 3pm
SESSION IV: December 6, 2018  10am - 3pm

TOPICS

SESSION I:

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.

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.

SESSION III:

Navigating Internal and External 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.

SESSION IV:

Strengthening the Board/CEO Relationship: 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 ban nurture meaningful relationship with their Board, as well as recommendations on how to repair a damaged Board/CEO relationship.

LOCATIONS

SESSION I: Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115, Columbia, SC
SESSION II: Zoom Meeting (due to inclement weather from Hurricane Florence)
SESSION III: Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115, Columbia, SC
SESSION IV: Richland Library North Main,  5306 North Main Street, Columbia, SC


 GRASSROOTS LEADERS SEMINARS DATES & LOCATIONS

Registration is now closed

DATE/TIME

SESSION I: October 12, 2018    12pm - 4pm
SESSION II: November 9, 2018  12pm - 4pm
SESSION III: December 7, 2018  12pm - 4pm

TOPICS

SESSION I:

Nonprofit 101: As a successful grassroots leader you must wear many hats. That’s one of the many ways nonprofits differ from public and private sector entities.  Our first session will introduce you to the fundamentals of managing a community focused nonprofit organization, including strategy, personnel, volunteers, resource development, governance, and community engagement. You will leave better able to wear the many hats required of you and to lead as a servant leader. 

SESSION II: 

Defining and Developing Programs and Services:  Nonprofits can’t fulfill their mission without effective and viable programs and services. The more effective the program and service, the greater the impact the organization has on the community.  This session will help participants understand the process of program development and management.  Participants will also learn how to form collaborations to avoid duplicating programs and services.  

SESSION III:

Funding & Financial Management: Prudently managing the financial resources of your nonprofit is critical to your organization’s success.  Nonprofits have a duty to ensure that their assets are used in accordance with donors’ intent, and in support of the charitable mission. During this Learning Session, we will discuss nonprofit financing, business models, and budgeting theories.  Participants will increase their knowledge and ability to implement accountable financial practices.

LOCATIONS

SESSION I: Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115, Columbia, SC
SESSION II: Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115, Columbia, SC
SESSION III: Richland Library North Main,  5306 North Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203


2019 CAROLINA LEADERSHIP SEMINARS DATES & LOCATIONS

All dates, times and locations are tentative

Spring 2019 Executive Directors Seminars
Designed for executive directors with five years or less of experience.
4-Part Series
February 6, April 3, May 1, June 5
More information soon to come

Fall 2019 Executive Directors Seminars 
Designed for executive directors with five years or less of experience.
4-Part Series
August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6
More information soon to come   

Future sessions will be held at:
Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC
2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115,
Columbia, SC 29204

Future session times:
10 AM - 3PM


Applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2018. Please check back for Spring 2019 Application.