Leadership Learning Community

Leadership Learning Community We are a national nonprofit organization focused on transforming the way leadership development work is conceived, conducted and evaluated. Our primary focus is leadership development for social justice.

http://leadershiplearning.org/ The Leadership Learning Community (LLC) is a national organization of those dedicated to developing leadership that addresses a range of social issues. LLC connects a diverse group of leadership development practitioners, grant-makers, and thought leaders who identify successful practices, conduct research, evaluate current leadership efforts, and exchange informatio

http://leadershiplearning.org/ The Leadership Learning Community (LLC) is a national organization of those dedicated to developing leadership that addresses a range of social issues. LLC connects a diverse group of leadership development practitioners, grant-makers, and thought leaders who identify successful practices, conduct research, evaluate current leadership efforts, and exchange informatio

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Our Founding Co-Director Deborah Meehan will be leaving LLC at the end of the year. After 20 years, she opens up about c...
10/30/2020
The Next 20 Years

Our Founding Co-Director Deborah Meehan will be leaving LLC at the end of the year. After 20 years, she opens up about critical lessons she has learned about leadership, systems change through networks, and racial equity. Hear her out below.

This month, LLC celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Wow! At the beginning of the year when we talked about coming up on the 20 year mark and reflections we might want to share about the future, we could not have anticipated the pandemic, massive uprising for racial justice, or corresponding level of st...

Our Founding Co-Director Deborah Meehan will be leaving LLC at the end of the year. After 20 years, she opens up about c...
10/30/2020
The Next 20 Years

Our Founding Co-Director Deborah Meehan will be leaving LLC at the end of the year. After 20 years, she opens up about critical lessons she has learned about leadership, systems change through networks, and racial equity. Hear her out below.

This month, LLC celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Wow! At the beginning of the year when we talked about coming up on the 20 year mark and reflections we might want to share about the future, we could not have anticipated the pandemic, massive uprising for racial justice, or corresponding level of st...

As we continue to re-negotiate power dynamics in the midst of COVID-19 and protests for racial equity, it's important to...
10/29/2020
What it takes to shift Power

As we continue to re-negotiate power dynamics in the midst of COVID-19 and protests for racial equity, it's important to remember how we can shift power successfully for systematic change. Here's a rundown from our Co-Executive Director Ericka Stallings.

Perhaps because my background is in organizing and advocacy, for me the purpose of my work supporting leadership is to shift power. Looking at who has power and who doesn’t and then shifting that balance. I think we accomplish shifting power by actually creating opportunities for people with less ...

This is an oldie but goodie! Here's a refresher on what collective leadership looks like in an organizational context. I...
10/28/2020
What does collective leadership look like in an organizational context?

This is an oldie but goodie! Here's a refresher on what collective leadership looks like in an organizational context. Is your org practicing this?

More and more people are talking about collective leadership these days. It’s hardly a radical idea because it makes sense as people think about how things really occur and the role of relationships in change. In fact, many leadership programs are now focused on supporting collective leadership th...

10/27/2020
LLC Webinar _ Distributed Leadership with RVC

Have you thought critically about power and how it is distributed within your organization? We explored power dynamics with our friends over at RVC and walked away with a lot to think about. Join the conversation below.

This is "LLC Webinar _ Distributed Leadership with RVC" by Leadership Learning Community on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who…

Centering equity within networks can be hard. Here are a few tools and processes we've used to help ensure the success o...
10/26/2020
Centering Equity in Networks: Tools and Processes We Have Tried

Centering equity within networks can be hard. Here are a few tools and processes we've used to help ensure the success of the networks we're in.

Networks are not inherently more equitable or democratic. They operate within the same dominant white supremacist culture that undermines equity in our organizations. Besides talking about culture, power and equity a lot, we wanted to share three practices which we have implemented to better distrib...

We believe in the power of network leadership to transform organizations for maximum impact, but what exactly is it? Her...
10/25/2020
What is Network Leadership? | NGLC

We believe in the power of network leadership to transform organizations for maximum impact, but what exactly is it? Here's what you need to know.

A number of leadership roles in a collaborative/networked view of education together create a culture for connections to flourish.

We're committed to exploring liberatory leadership and what it means for the social justice sector and our society. Take...
10/23/2020
What is Liberatory Leadership? - A Call to Serve

We're committed to exploring liberatory leadership and what it means for the social justice sector and our society. Take a listen to the podcast below to learn more about liberatory leadership and how it can be transformative.

Today, Andréa discusses Liberatory Leadership: as an idea, put into practice, and her brand new course by the same name.For a transcript: http://bit.ly/actspod13Mentioned resources:Episode 12Episode 4Find out more about Liberatory Leadership - Andréa's new program!Connect with Andréa on Instagram

Women of color face systemic barriers ascending into leadership and while in leadership positions. Our friends Building ...
10/22/2020
Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector

Women of color face systemic barriers ascending into leadership and while in leadership positions. Our friends Building Movement Project made an excellent video detailing what these barriers look like and how we can dismantle them to create a more supportive environment for the leadership of women of color.

This 60-minute webinar, hosted by the Building Movement Project (BMP), features a presentation of the Building Movement Project's latest report-- Race to Lea...

We couldn't celebrate our 20th anniversary without reflecting on our past and looking towards the future. Join our Found...
10/22/2020
The Next 20 Years

We couldn't celebrate our 20th anniversary without reflecting on our past and looking towards the future. Join our Founding Co-director Deborah Meehan, who will be leaving LLC at the end of the year, for a trip down memory lane.

This month, LLC celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Wow! At the beginning of the year when we talked about coming up on the 20 year mark and reflections we might want to share about the future, we could not have anticipated the pandemic, massive uprising for racial justice, or corresponding level of st...

Do you need additional resources to support leadership development in your organization? You can access many of our webi...
10/16/2020
Leadership Learning Community

Do you need additional resources to support leadership development in your organization? You can access many of our webinars for free online. Check it out for yourself!

We are a national nonprofit organization transforming the way leadership development work is conceived, conducted and evaluated, primarily within the nonprofit sector.…

People of color reported more interest in leadership positions than their white counterparts, so why is the gap between ...
10/15/2020
Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap - Building Movement

People of color reported more interest in leadership positions than their white counterparts, so why is the gap between these two groups widening? The new #RacetoLead report, released by Building Movement Project , offers possible explanations.

BMP's new report presents findings from the 2019 survey of more than 5,000 nonprofit staff on their experiences of race & leadership in nonprofit settings.

10/15/2020
LLC Webinar _ Distributed Leadership with RVC

We had a great discussion with RVC on power and how it is distributed within organizations. We learned A LOT from initiatives they're testing. Take a look for yourself!

This is "LLC Webinar _ Distributed Leadership with RVC" by Leadership Learning Community on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who…

We're still feeling the impacts of the racial justice uprisings as the fight for racial justice continues across the nat...
10/12/2020
Share your 'No Going Back' Story!

We're still feeling the impacts of the racial justice uprisings as the fight for racial justice continues across the nation. We want to hear how the uprisings have impacted you and your ideas for how we can transform our future. Share your "No Going Back" story below.

Great blog from our friends over at CompassPoint! There are so many ways to push back against White supremacy in order t...
10/09/2020
Pushing Back Against Habits of White Supremacy During a Crisis | CompassPoint

Great blog from our friends over at CompassPoint! There are so many ways to push back against White supremacy in order to center equity at this time. Examining how we work as individuals, and with each other, is one of them. This sort of introspection is helpful as we continue to examine liberatory leadership at LLC.

Kad Smith We’re using our blog to share reflections and responses from our team as we navigate the reality of a COVID-19 world together. We hope you find ideas, affirmations, and inspiration here that help you think about what it means to lead right now and beyond this crisis. [Image by Steve John...

Re-sharing in case you missed this yesterday! We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this month. As we look towards the ...
10/08/2020
The Next 20 Years

Re-sharing in case you missed this yesterday! We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this month. As we look towards the next 20 years, we wanted to reflect on a few lessons learned and our upcoming change in leadership. Check it out below.

This month, LLC celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Wow! At the beginning of the year when we talked about coming up on the 20 year mark and reflections we might want to share about the future, we could not have anticipated the pandemic, massive uprising for racial justice, or corresponding level of st...

We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this month! Over the past 20 years, we have challenged the heroic individual narr...
10/07/2020
The Next 20 Years

We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this month! Over the past 20 years, we have challenged the heroic individual narrative of leadership that has uplifted White supremacy and individualism. In the next 20 years, we hope to uplift liberatory leadership that is networked, collective, and centers racial equity under new leadership. Reflect on the past, and future, with us below.

This month, LLC celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Wow! At the beginning of the year when we talked about coming up on the 20 year mark and reflections we might want to share about the future, we could not have anticipated the pandemic, massive uprising for racial justice, or corresponding level of st...

10/05/2020
LLC Webinar | Network Strategies in COVID-19 Responses

We believe in the power of organizational networks to help address some of our most pressing issues. Take a look at this webinar to see how networks have been leveraged to respond to COVID-19.

This is "LLC Webinar | Network Strategies in COVID-19 Responses" by Leadership Learning Community on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people…

This year has been tough and has made working within network structures harder. We're all working through it together. W...
10/02/2020
Network Weaving in a Time of Breaking, Unraveling and Hunkering Down - Interaction Institute for Social Change

This year has been tough and has made working within network structures harder. We're all working through it together. We want to express gratitude to our friends at Interaction Institute for Social Change for sharing some practices to keep in mind as our collaborative work gets bogged down by the times.

For the past month I’ve been checking in with a dozen or so networks that I support and participate in in various ways, looking at how best to navigate these times when in some cases it feels there may be a need to ratchet down or right size expectations. With so much in flux and... Read More

Great insights from our friends over at ProInspire, AchieveMission, and Community Wealth Partners on how non-profit boar...
10/01/2020
Failure Is Not an Option: How Nonprofit Boards Can Support Leaders of Color - Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

Great insights from our friends over at ProInspire, AchieveMission, and Community Wealth Partners on how non-profit boards can support leaders of color while centering equity. Take a look and let us know what you think!

For nonprofits who are now hiring new executive leaders of color, here are some steps to take—and pitfalls to avoid—to ensure a successful leadership transition.

We're seeking volunteers to be a part of a Community  Design & Recruitment Committee to design the process for recruitin...
09/30/2020
LLC Advisory Board Open Nominations- Design and Recruitment Committee Application Form

We're seeking volunteers to be a part of a Community Design & Recruitment Committee to design the process for recruiting new board members! We are seeking committee members that are BIPOC’s and directly impacted people with an equity lens.

LLC is seeking volunteers to be a part of a Community Design & Recruitment Committee to design the process for recruiting new Advisory Board members and to help inform the selection. We are seeking committee members that are BIPOC’s and directly impacted people with an equity lens. Please Note: Co...

We're serious about centering equity in our networks in order to fully embody the change we're working towards. Here are...
09/30/2020
Centering Equity in Networks: Tools and Processes We Have Tried

We're serious about centering equity in our networks in order to fully embody the change we're working towards. Here are three changes we've made to better distribute leadership and decision making to create more equity in our networks. http://leadershiplearning.org/blog/deborah-meehan/2019-11-07/centering-equity-networks-tools-and-processes-we-have-tried

Networks are not inherently more equitable or democratic. They operate within the same dominant white supremacist culture that undermines equity in our organizations. Besides talking about culture, power and equity a lot, we wanted to share three practices which we have implemented to better distrib...

We received many applications to our COVID-19 Innovation Seed Fund. While we could not fund everyone, we want to ensure ...
09/29/2020
LLC Network Innovation Fund - Network Support Form

We received many applications to our COVID-19 Innovation Seed Fund. While we could not fund everyone, we want to ensure applicants still receive support. If you're a funder, consultant, or can connect orgs to resources, please fill out this form so we can help orgs who are doing critical work in this moment.

We are exploring additional ways to support applicants to the Innovation Fund. If you are interested in offering support to these groups, please indicate how below:

Our understanding of leadership development has changed since we were founded 20yrs ago. When we updated our site, we wa...
09/28/2020
Leadership Learning Community

Our understanding of leadership development has changed since we were founded 20yrs ago. When we updated our site, we wanted to showcase our belief that leadership must be equity-centered, collective, networked, and justice-oriented. Check out our evolution below.

Sparking transformative change through leadership Leadership Learning Community is a national nonprofit organization transforming the way leadership development work is understood, practiced and promoted, primarily within the nonprofit sector. We connect the learning and work of people who believe t...

As the protests for racial justice continue, we want to uplift this guest blog from our friends over at The Minneapolis ...
09/27/2020
Guest Blog | Risk-Taking for Racial Justice: Building Networks That Support Us

As the protests for racial justice continue, we want to uplift this guest blog from our friends over at The Minneapolis St. Paul Network Weavers Community of Practice. Give it a look and let us know what you think.

By The Minneapolis St. Paul Network Weavers Community of Practice This June, the Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP) Network Weavers Community of Practice hosted our semi-annual day long gathering. The topic was Risk-Taking for Racial Justice: Building Networks that Support Us. Our facilitation team collabor...

We're seeking volunteers to be a part of a Community  Design & Recruitment Committee to design the process for recruitin...
09/26/2020
LLC Advisory Board Open Nominations- Design and Recruitment Committee Application Form

We're seeking volunteers to be a part of a Community Design & Recruitment Committee to design the process for recruiting new Advisory Board members and to help inform the selection of its members. We are seeking committee members that are BIPOC’s and directly impacted people with an equity lens.

LLC is seeking volunteers to be a part of a Community Design & Recruitment Committee to design the process for recruiting new Advisory Board members and to help inform the selection. We are seeking committee members that are BIPOC’s and directly impacted people with an equity lens. Please Note: Co...

We have a chance to radically reimagine our communities, institutions, and society. We’d like to learn how you are explo...
09/26/2020
Share your 'No Going Back' Story!

We have a chance to radically reimagine our communities, institutions, and society. We’d like to learn how you are exploring and contemplating the possibilities of transformation in the midst of COVID-19 and the racial justice uprisings. Share your "No Going Back" story below.

Today is the last day to submit an application to join our Board of Directors! If you're interested in helping us advanc...
09/25/2020
LLC Advisory Board Application Form 2020

Today is the last day to submit an application to join our Board of Directors! If you're interested in helping us advance our values and leveraging leadership for justice, please fill out the application below.

If you are interested in working with us to support and encourage an increasingly bold and justice-focused vision at LLC, please apply to join the LLC Advisory Board. Please complete the survey by September 25, 2020. Please direct any questions to [email protected]

Are you a bold visionary with a well developed racial lense and commitment to collective liberation? If so, you would ma...
09/25/2020
LLC Advisory Board Application Form 2020

Are you a bold visionary with a well developed racial lense and commitment to collective liberation? If so, you would make a perfect addition to our board! We're accepting applications until THE END OF THE DAY TODAY. Learn more below.

If you are interested in working with us to support and encourage an increasingly bold and justice-focused vision at LLC, please apply to join the LLC Advisory Board. Please complete the survey by September 25, 2020. Please direct any questions to [email protected]

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We work with organizations to optimize their leadership development programs by using:

• Insightful Evaluations
Developing and managing thorough evaluations of leadership programs that identify and answer key questions and deliver evidence-based, actionable recommendations to inform future program decisions.

• Exhaustive Scans
Conducting scans of leadership development efforts to identify needs, promising practices and opportunities for our partners.

• Innovative Methodologies
◦Learning Circles: leverage collective learning methodologies to generate key questions and solutions.
◦Learning Labs: intensive exploration of a specific problem or issue.
Designing and facilitating collaborative learning processes and events that integrate thinking and practice, such as:

• Consultative Sessions: focus the talents and perspectives of a diverse group of peers on a specific application, e.g. the design of a new leadership program, the integration of evaluation findings.

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