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Lead Organizer Training

Lead Organizer Training

2020 Dates TBD


The coming years will be challenging for labor and community groups. Lead organizers need the space to reflect, regroup, and strategize on ways to help empower workers and community members for the important work ahead. Unions and community groups need strong and skilled leadership teams to tackle both the expected and the unanticipated challenges they, their constituents, and their larger communities are facing.

This workshop is offered to individuals in union and community-based organizations who are new leads or those who will be assigned lead positions in 2019. Groups entering contract bargaining, conducting campaigns, or undertaking issue-oriented activities during 2019 should consider sending their lead organizers to this training.

Join us for our Lead Organizer Training on September 17-20, 2019, to address the challenges.

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
  • Community and Labor Coalition Building
  • Healthy Work and Life Habits
  • De-Stress Exercises


“The diverse group of people that I met were from many different industries and backgrounds. We all shared many common interests, goals and challenges. Developing and implementing a plan to develop our Stewards is crucial for the future of the organization; they are the bench. The Stewards must be able to deliver our message. It is important to the organization to organize outwardly from within. It makes the entire organization stronger.”

– Tracy Kelley, Teamsters Local 853

“Through this training, my confidence as a lead and a supervisor grew. I gained skills about providing the right kind of support for each situation and about integrating leadership development into the day-to-day campaign work.”

– Kate O’Hara, Executive Director of East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)

This four-day training will be 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.

Application deadline:
Friday, August 16, 2019
Maximum 20 participants

Tuesday-Friday, September 17-20, 2019

SEIU United Service Workers West
1650 Harbor Bay Parkway, Suite 200
Alameda, CA 94502

Registration Cost:
Cost includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and printed and online materials.

A limited number of scholarships are available to community based organizations with an operational budget of $700k or less. Scholarships will be provided in the form of a reduced registration rate. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please be sure to fill out the scholarship section of the application.

Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the program before receiving payment due date and details.

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.