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Lead Organizer Training

Lead Organizer Training

April 14-17, 2020

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Due to this unprecedented global health and economic crisis, we are no longer able to hold our Lead Organizer Training in person as planned. However, we are convening virtually and waiving the registration fee to provide a modified version of the program. We hope that you, your family, friends, and coworkers are all safe and healthy. Let’s lean into flexibility and solidarity by building community and sharing tools on how we are organizing and living in this moment.

Location: Zoom link and video conferencing specifications will be emailed to participants prior to the event.

Virtual Program Dates & Times:
Tuesday, April 14 – Friday, 17, 2020

As many of us are juggling work while suddenly finding ourselves operating a homeschool, we will hold the training as a series of 90-minute to 2-hour zoom session calls, one session per day over the course of the four day period.

Proposed Schedule:
Zoom video sessions will take place between 2PM-4PM PST (subject to change).

There will be some readings and homework for you to do on your own at a time that works for you. More details to come.

Payments: We will be waiving the course fee.

About the Program
Workers and community members across California are working to ensure that families can thrive where they work, live, and learn. While our economy grows, many communities are disproportionately and systematically left behind. Labor and community organizations that are able to launch effective campaigns that achieve high participation from their members and build solidarity with allies are able to win and sustain important advances that improve conditions for workers, their families, and communities.

Is this training for you?
This workshop is offered to individuals in labor and community-based organizations who are leading organizers and want to strengthen their skills in effectively managing their team. Groups entering contract bargaining, conducting campaigns, or undertaking issue-oriented activities during 2020 and beyond should consider sending their lead organizers to this training.

Different organizations use different titles. Participants may be operating as a Lead Organizer, Director, or Regional Coordinator. The focus of the training is to understand leadership approaches that will bring the best out of your team and ensure that you can advance your campaign goals. By the end of the training, all participants will have developed a leadership development plan for one of their organizers or member organizers that is integrated into their campaign plan.

Selection Criteria: You are or were recently leading at least one organizer on an active campaign with clear goals and a timeline. If not, please elaborate on experience in your application.

Topics we will cover include:

  • Organizing Plans that Build Power
  • Transformational Leadership and Leading on Purpose
  • Leadership Development and Accountability
  • Leadership Self-Evaluation and Assessment
  • Giving/Receiving Feedback
  • Healthy Work and Life Habits

Topics subject to change.

Facilitated By:
Danielle Mahones, Labor Specialist and Director of Leadership Development Program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center & will include guest presenters from local labor and community organizations.

Registration Cost:
Registration fee is waived.

For more information, please contact:
Clementina Jara at 510-643-7048 or

The Lead Organizer Training welcomes participation from people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, and gender identities.