Hybrid GROUP OPTIONS

Before COVID, our community partners involved in these groups enjoyed sharing and learning in a 100% in-person environment. Currently, all Peer Advisory Groups are utilizing an online format. In the (hopefully near) future, these groups will have various options for in-person and online attendance and will be noted within the description.

Book Review and Discussion

Designed for the top leader of the organization who reports directly to a board. Each year members select a book to read and rotate facilitation of the discussion which allows for reflection, discovery and application. Deep connections form among the members where they benefit from hearing different perspectives on similar challenges.

Bimonthly group meets on the second Thursday of odd months from 8:00 - 10:00 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Communications Group

If you are in a leadership position that largely focuses on communicating through marketing outreach and are looking to grow your professional network, discuss communication and leadership topics, —this group may be a great fit! Members dive deep into their own real-life instances that may be hindering or helping achieve their goals. This collaborative community then dives in with a dynamic exchange of knowledge, resources and encouragement. All walk away with ideas, more insight and deeper connections.

Bimonthly group meets on the third Friday of even months from 8:30 - 10:30 AM*

 

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Community Peer Advisory Group

This group is for municipal/public and education sector leaders who are responsible for helping with strategic visioning, project design and implementation and have frequent interaction with board members, other elected officials and the public. Discussions focus on how to navigate leadership when working with a variety of different perspectives on the best course of action to move a community/district forward amidst constant change at the local, state and national level. Members benefit from networking with peers in similar positions and learn from each other’s challenges and successes. The meeting location rotates among member organizations.


Quarterly group meets in March, June, September and December on the second Thursday from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Developing Effective Leadership Skills Group

If you are new to leadership and have someone reporting to you and/or are looking for fundamental training on the people side of leadership, this group is for you. A variety of resources will be shared – often times presented by the participants themselves.  Meetings will:

·         Discuss leadership goals and challenges

·         Offer support, questions and advice to one another

·         Provide an opportunity for all to share what they are walking away with and how they will put that learning into action.

We want each member to walk away knowing they are not alone on their leadership journey.

Monthly group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 8:00 - 9:00 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Downtown Chicago Leadership Cohort

We were asked and we are delivering!  While most of our Peer Advisory Groups are in the Northern Suburbs, we have formed a Nonprofit Leadership Group that meets downtown, Chicago.  In this group, we focus on “the people side of leadership” topics the group members identify as areas of interest.  All then dive into the discussions asking questions, sharing perspectives, best practices and offering support and guidance.

Bimonthly group meets on the first Friday of the even months from 8:00 – 10:00 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Executive Director Group

This group is for Executive Directors of nonprofit organizations that have at least 3 full-time staff and an asset size of $500,000 or higher. Group members determine the topics that will enable them to be more strategic and focused. The Executive Director role can be a lonely one and when the members of this group come together, they share ideas and discuss the application of best practices in the nonprofit sector. 

Quarterly group meets in February, May, August and November on the second Wednesday of the month from 8:00 - 10:00 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.               

Open seats

Leadership Cohorts

Are you seeking peer support to better navigate your leadership journey? We offer various cohorts which are carefully formed so that cross-community, cross-sector leaders with similar responsibilities and challenges feel comfortable sharing with and learning from one another as they identify solutions and help each other succeed.

1. Monthly group meets on the second Wednesday of the month (except January and July) from 12:00 - 1:30 PM*

 

2. Bimonthly group meets on the second Tuesday of even months from 8:00 - 10:00 AM*

 

3. Bimonthly group meets on the second Tuesday of odd months from 8:30 - 10:30 AM*

 

4. Bimonthly group meets on the second Thursday of even months from 8:00 - 10:00 AM*

5. Quarterly group meets in March, June, September and December on the second Wednesday from 8:00 - 10:00 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

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Principal Group

This is a group of Elementary, Middle and Junior High School Principals in various communities across Cook and Lake County. They gather five times a year to share ideas and resources to keep up with the myriad changes facing the world of education. Members give advice and support to one another because the job of a principal can be lonely at times. As hard as it is to be away from the building, this group experiences the value in taking time for themselves and connecting with colleagues in different districts to discuss current situations and strategize about the future in a safe space where solutions flow.

Group meets in January, April, June, September and November. Day and time vary.*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Transitions Peer Advisory Group

Change happens all the time. The question is, how can we successfully transition through it? This group is for high-level leaders to have interactive discussions that allow for reflection, understanding the impact of change and applications to help make their transition a success. Whether you are starting a new career, retiring, dealing with family changes, or a host of other possibilities, this group can be your lifeline.  

Bimonthly group meets on the second Monday of even months from 8:00 - 10:00 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Contact me today and together we will explore your options and determine if there is a group for you!

Ashley Ward, MSW, CPCC, TTI Certified in DISC, DF and EQ

ashley@charmmdfoundation.org

312-802-6880