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THE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Developing the people side of leadership

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“I have heard many accomplished speakers present on various topics that make me reflect on how the topics apply to me.”

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Now accepting interviews for the 2021 Leadership Academy Class.

If you are interested, please contact Susan Gibson at susan@charmmdfoundation.org 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 makes 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.

YEAR 1


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 Cohorts to practice important leadership skills, discuss key learnings from the workshops, problem-solve and ponder questions that promote strategic thinking.




YEAR 2


The first year of The Leadership Academy concludes in November 2021. Each Participant will then graduate to a Peer Advisory Group that best fits where they are on their personal leadership journey. Groups of 15 will meet bi-monthly. Participants will 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 taking action to move them forward. They will also help to hold one another accountable. Placement for these Groups will occur in November 2021.





To ensure a high-quality learning experience, the number of Participants will be kept to under 75 individuals with 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 and an exploratory interview with the candidate. Each candidate will be reviewed by the Charmm’d team. Acceptance into the program will be communicated on an ongoing basis.

WORKSHOPS


Participants will enjoy five 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 will help facilitate the conversation and discuss how they have implemented the theory into their leadership practice. 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.

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COHORTS GATHERINGS


Throughout the program, small Cohorts 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 Cohort and Mentor for help they are seeking. Cohort discussions provide a chance to brainstorm, problem-solve and build relationships in a safe space.

Participants will rotate responsibilities regarding Cohort logistics and facilitation. It will be up to each Cohort to schedule and execute their gatherings.




MENTORS


Mentoring is a proven approach to enhance learning. At each workshop, cohorts will be hosted by Community Leaders (Mentors) experienced in the theories discussed throughout this program. Mentors will share their knowledge and serve as a sounding board for Participants. Following each workshop, Mentors will stay to answer any questions Participants have related to the program content.




DATES AT A GLANCE


SELF-AWARENESS THROUGH DISC
January 20, 2021 virtually via Zoom
8:00 AM –11:00 AM

COHORT GATHERINGS
Specific date and time to be determined by each Cohort.

THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF AN ETHICAL CULTURE
March 16, 2021 virtually via Zoom

8:00 AM –11:00 AM

COHORT GATHERINGS
Specific date and time to be determined by each Cohort.

BUILDING TRUST: A PANEL DISCUSSION
May 5, 2021 virtually via Zoom

8:00 AM –11:00 AM

COHORT GATHERINGS
Specific date and time to be determined by each Cohort.

CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO EFFECTIVELY “GO THERE” TO MANAGE CHALLENGING RELATIONSHIPS
September 15, 2021 virtually via Zoom

8:00 AM –11:00 AM

COHORT GATHERINGS
Specific date and time to be determined by each Cohort.

PUTTING PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE FOR TODAY, TOMORROW AND BEYOND
November 4, 2021 virtually via Zoom

8:00 AM –11:00 AM

PEER ADVISORY GROUPS
Begin in January 2022.




KEY BENEFITS


Participants will learn:

  • 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 our lives and builds a foundation for healthy relationships and a thriving culture at work.
  • Skills to have candid and crucial conversations.
  • Facilitation skills.
  • The value and safety of collaborating with a strong network of colleagues.
  • From Keynote Speakers, Panel Experts, Mentors and fellow Participants.
  • New ideas to bring back to the organization.
  • The answers are in the Zoom room.

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

  • Understand what is required to lead.
  • Gain a better sense of self and how to maximize strengths to benefit the organization.
  • Learn how to handle difficult situations and transform crucial conversations into opportunities for positive change and stronger relationships.
  • 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.
  • Learn to ethically represent themselves and the organization.




REQUIREMENTS


The Leadership Academy is open to a select group of 75 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 the 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 Cohort Gathering prepared to learn and enhance the experience for all.
  • Participants will complete a mid-year check-in with a Charmm'd representative to measure growth.
  • Participants will claim a communication goal prior to the start of the program and work towards that goal throughout the year.
  • Participants will leave each workshop with an action item to practice to strengthen their leadership skills.
  • Participants will continue on in year 2 as part of a Peer Advisory Group, which meets bi-monthly.
  • We ask for and welcome feedback along the way! Charmm'd will schedule calls with each Leader to get feedback on the program, learn about observable behavioral growth and changes seen in the Participant and understand what Participants are going through so we can provide the best service possible.




COST


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 25 hours per Participant will be required for workshop and Cohort attendance.
  • In year 2, an estimated 12 hours will be required for the Peer Advisory Group.




TO APPLY


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 susan@charmmdfoundation.org or by phone at 847-883-9932.




ACCEPTANCE


Each Candidate will be reviewed by the Charmm’d team. Acceptance into the program will be communicated on an ongoing basis.




MENTOR RESOURCE LIBRARY


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485 East Half Day Road, Suite 350

Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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The Charmm’d Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3, non-sectarian organization who welcomes diversity of thoughts, backgrounds and experiences in leaders who qualify for our services.