As staff members, managers, leaders and volunteers, we all spend time in meetings. We recognize that a strong leader creates a meeting environment where team members have ownership and involvement in the process, trust each other and make good decisions. When we are called upon to be leaders, how can we better ensure that we will facilitate effective meetings?
Strengthening your meeting management and effective facilitation skills better enables you to effect change, move ideas forward, build stronger teams and demonstrate leadership. These are skills in high demand at all levels of an organization, in all sectors (public, private, nonprofit) and in professional as well as personal settings.
This workshop features Sue Bennett, Senior Leadership Director of Leadership Tomorrow, a program that cultivates, inspires, connects and engages an effective community of leaders. Prior to this, she was Senior Learning Manager at Philanthropy Northwest. Sue has worked for corporations, foundations and nonprofits, and as an independent consultant for over a decade. She founded and facilitated Parent Peer Groups for schools throughout the Seattle area for ten years. Sue has facilitated hundreds of meetings and believes that whether you have run a few or a thousand meetings, there are always new things to learn.
In this session, participants will:
- Understand the 5 facilitator roles
- Learn and/or review tools for effectively facilitating discussions and decision-making
- Feel more comfortable in the role of facilitator
WWF members and guests welcome! Please register if you plan to attend.
Please attend a special grant award celebration and learn about the work of WWF’s Emerging Issues Partner Grant Committee. Through an advanced and accelerated grant making curriculum, the committee has researched and visited nonprofits working in the area of girls' empowerment. At this Showcase, the committee will award a $15,000 grant to one of these nonprofit organizations.
This Showcase offers an advanced learning opportunity to all members. We will hear from our "partner" in the grant making process, Liz Vivian (Executive Director, Women's Funding Alliance). Liz will share her deep experience and broad perspectives on funding needs to empower women and girls in our community. WWF's Emerging Issues Partner Grant Committee members will highlight key insights gained through evaluating proposals and conducting site visits.
WWF members and guests are welcome!
About WWF Emerging Issues Partner Grant: WWF's Emerging Issues Partner Grants recognize special interest topics and emerging needs in our community, and allow our members to learn about innovative solutions. Building on the best practices of our well-established Pooled Fund grant process, these initiatives provide an advanced curriculum of hands-on grant making to our members, and enable an accelerated, nimble response to critical needs. To read more about the Emerging Issues Partner Grants, and other advanced grant making initiatives, please click here.
This year, the Emerging Issue Partner Grant Committee focused on the issue of girls' empowerment. After much research and discussion, the committee has requested proposals from five organizations, and will announce their finalist organization to receive the grant at this Showcase.
The Grant Committee will report on the 15 Site Visits made - it's a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge about our finalist nonprofit projects, as well as the most critical needs in our community.
Please note that we ask only WWF members to attend this event due to the confidential nature of the reports.
Guests are welcome to celebrate at the Grant Award Celebration on June 10.
Washington Women's Foundation members are invited to attend these United Way governance workshops, designed to give board members the foundational knowledge needed to be effective in their role. All trainings listed are $45.
It's Your Turn: How to Be an Effective Board Chair
April 7, 8:30-11:30 am
Participants will learn about the role and responsibility of the board chair in strengthening and improving the leadership work of the board as a whole. We will focus on the role of the board chair, how to run effective meetings and how to manage conflict and group process.
Serving Your Community Without Being Served a Summons: Governance Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards
May 14, 9:00-11:30am
Washington Women's Foundation President Beth McCaw
Are you aware of your legal obligations and areas of potential liability for your organization? Designed for both new and experinced board members, you will learn the legal obligations of serving on a nonprofit board, how to build a more effective board, and how to train your board to think and govern like leaders, not managers.
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