Lead Organizer Training

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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.

For more information, please contact:
Clementina Jara at 510-643-7048 or zenaida@berkeley.edu

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


Danielle Mahones

Director, Leadership Development Program


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