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Developing the people side of leadership

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 97% of Participants shared the curriculum met/exceeded their expectations.

“The Charmm'd Leadership Academy gave me the peer environment to discover leadership principles and practice proven leadership concepts. I've built trusting relationships that will further enhance my professional network moving forward into the future of public service.”


Now accepting interviews for the 2022 Leadership Academy Class.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Susan Gibson at or 847-883-9932.

One of the most important aspects of leadership is bringing out the best in others and using strategies such as understanding yourself and your team, ethical reflection, developing trust, effectively communicating, and then empowering others to help accomplish this. While tactical skills can be learned in the moment, it is the people side that is often missed when moving into a leadership role. This can make the journey of becoming an effective leader harder than it has to be. The Charmm'd Foundation's Leadership Academy is a multi-year program for those who are new to leadership, are being considered for a leadership role within the next couple of years, and/or are looking for fundamental training on the people side of leadership.

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The Leadership Academy offers multiple opportunities for Participants to build strong networks for continued growth, support and friendships.


Throughout the first year, Participants will enjoy learning from Keynote Speakers, Panel Experts, Mentors and fellow Participants. In addition, Participants will work together in Peer Advisory Groups (PAGs) with their Mentors to get support and advice on self-identified goals, discuss key learnings from the workshops, problem-solve and ponder questions that promote strategic thinking.


The first year of The Leadership Academy concludes in December 2022. Year 2 of Leadership Academy continues with Peer Advisory Groups meeting bi-monthly. Participants will continue to build and strengthen their leadership network for continued support, discuss a broad range of leadership topics, be introduced to a variety of resources, process what they are learning and how this fits into real-life situations. At the end of each meeting, all will reflect on what they learned and commit to action items to move forward. They will also help to hold one another accountable.

To ensure a high-quality learning experience, a select number of Participants will be chosen who have a strong desire to lead and better their organization. A pre-requisite for participation in the Leadership Academy will include approval from the Participant’s leader for the multi-year commitment and an exploratory interview with the candidate. Acceptance into the program will be communicated on an ongoing basis.


Participants will enjoy seven workshops that provide a multifaceted learning structure. Each workshop is designed to address theory, application and practice.

Keynote Speakers and Panel Experts will present theories on the people side of leadership. During the workshops, Mentors help lead the breakout room conversations and share their own knowledge of the topic as appropriate. At the conclusion of each workshop, Participants will claim action items to put what was learned into practice. They will have multiple opportunities to discuss their progress with others for accountability.



In Year 1 of the program, small Peer Advisory Groups (PAGs) will participate in facilitated discussions. Participants will share what they are learning, implementing and the status on actions claimed during the last workshop. The status of goals will be discussed and participants can look to their PAG and Mentor for help they are seeking. PAG discussions provide a chance to brainstorm, problem-solve and build relationships in a safe space.

It will be up to each PAG to execute their gatherings. Mentors and Participants will decide to meet virtually, in person or through a combined hybrid approach.

Dates / times for Peer Advisory Group Discussions:

• March 22, 2022 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM • May 4, 2022 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM • June 23, 2022 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM • October 12, 2022 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM • December 1, 2022 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

In Year 2 and beyond, Peer Advisory Groups continue. Groups offer Participants the opportunity to strengthen their network, share best practices, discuss leadership topics, be introduced to a variety of resources, ponder challenges and identify solutions, hear from guest community speakers and continue to get the support they need in their leadership journey. In these groups, participants will find “the answers in the room”.


Mentoring is a proven approach to enhance learning. At each workshop, Peer Advisory Groups will be hosted by Community Leaders (Mentors) experienced in their own leadership journey. Mentors will share their knowledge and serve as a sounding board for Participants. Following each workshop, Mentors will answer any questions Participants have related to the program content.

Mentors will facilitate the PAGs held between each of the workshops allowing the members to reflect on the learnings, share new perspectives, ideas, concerns and walk away with answers that can propel everyone forward. They also support, encourage and offer advice on Participant’s self-identified communications goal on an ongoing basis.


Participants will learn in Year 1:

An understanding of self through the DISC profile and authenticate who they want to be as a leader. How to make ethical decisions through the lens of their values. How trust impacts their lives and builds a foundation for healthy relationships and a thriving culture at work. • Skills to have candid and crucial conversations. From Keynote Speakers, Panel Experts, Mentors and Fellow Participants.

Participants will continue learning in Year 2 and beyond:

• The value and safety of collaborating with a strong network of colleagues. New perspectives, find clarity and walk away with more confidence. Ideas to bring back to the organization. The answers are in the room.

Develop the future leaders of your organization at a great nonprofit price so they can:

• Understand what is required to lead. • Develop a better sense of self and an awareness to maximize strengths to benefit the organization. Gain skills to handle difficult situations and have crucial conversations. Harness behavioral skills in leading oneself, a team and in building relationships across the organization and the community. Learn strategies to build a culture of trust. Learn best practices to move the organization and people they lead forward. • Work towards a self-identified goal to help enhance their communication skills for years to come. Understand how to ethically represent themselves and the organization.


The Leadership Academy is open to a select group of tax-exempt Participants. To qualify, the following criteria must be met:

Approval from the Participant’s leader and an exploratory interview with the Candidate. • The Candidate has one or more of the following qualifications: (1) new to leadership (2) is being considered for a leadership role within the next couple of years (3) is looking for fundamental training on the people side of leadership. • The Candidate has the desire and drive to learn leadership skills and what leading others entails. • The Candidate is motivated to do better for the organization and the community. • Charmm’d believes the Candidate will be a good fit with others in the program, all supporting one another and their growth. • They are at similar points in their career as others in the program and thus can identify with fellow peers and build relationships.

Requirements for Participants and their Leader:

• Participants come to each program and Peer Advisory Group prepared to learn and enhance the experience for all. • Participants will engage in a mid-year check-in with a Charmm’d representative to measure growth and see how we can make this program even better for you. • Participants will claim a communication goal prior to the start of the program and with the support of their Mentor and PAG work towards that goal throughout the year. • Participants will leave each workshop with an action item to practice to strengthen their leadership skills. Year 2 and beyond, Peer Advisory Groups meet bi-monthly. Participants share and support one another, hear new ideas and perspectives, build confidence and continue to grow in their leadership journey. Members leave meetings feeling understood, equipped and energized! • We ask for feedback along the way. Hearing from others allows us to gain insights, hear new ideas and continually work to provide high-quality programming for our leaders.


We are able to offer this program to our leaders at the deeply discounted price of $500 per Participant. Comparable, multi-year programs through other entities can cost upwards of $1,000 or more.

• In year 1, an estimated 35 hours per Participant will be required for workshops and Peer Advisory Group attendance. • Year 2 and beyond, an estimated 12 hours per year, and in some cases travel time to group meetings, will be required for participation in the Peer Advisory Groups.


Charmm’d will have conversations with both the Candidate and their Leader to ensure fit. To schedule a call and learn more about next steps, contact Susan Gibson, Program Director, by email at or by phone at 847-883-9932.


Acceptance into the program will be communicated on an ongoing basis.


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