Build your organization’s leadership capacity with the premier Wisconsin labor education Leadership Academy. The School for Workers’ Leadership Academy is a four-month certificate program taking leadership lessons beyond the classroom to enhance personal and professional development.
The program kicks-off with a three-day session on September 12 – 14, and the remaining sessions occur on select Saturdays on October 8, November 5 and December 10, 2016. Between sessions, members will continue to connect with one another, complete readings, and maintain ongoing dialogue via technology.
In September we will begin with an in-depth overview of U.S. labor history, global economy, and corporate structures. We will cover leadership building skills from the everyday operations of running a modern union to presenting before large groups. The sessions will address managing new technology, implementing practical financial tools, maximizing meetings, and effective organizing techniques.
Learn more about the experienced faculty who bring unparalleled expertise from their involvement as union organizers, negotiators, and worker educators.
Who should attend?
People who want to enhance their leadership skills as current and future labor leaders should enroll. The Leadership Academy will help participants build relationships and gain a deeper understanding about the economy, the labor movement, and the skills needed to become better leaders.
Due to the design and focus of this unique program, enrollment will be limited to 30 people, and a maximum of four from any local union, to ensure a high-quality, diverse educational experience. Women, people of color, and workers under 30 are encouraged to apply. Scholarships available.
Here is more on what you’ll cover in the Academy:
What are the key traits that all leaders share? How can we grow as leaders?
In this session you will: Define your personal concept of leadership and identify where you currently are on the leadership journey, define your vision statement, identify the important leadership qualities and behaviors you wish to learn or refine, and understand the importance of your communication style and how it affects your ability to lead.
Labor’s Beginnings: Tuesday, September 13
The program examines U.S. labor history and the forces and events that have influenced the current status of the labor movement. We look at the legal structures that have evolved that cover U.S. workers and their organizations, and analyze their usefulness in the 21st century.
Building Workplace Power: Wednesday, September 14
We focus on the internal mobilization that is so critical to building power. Topics covered include person-to-person organizing, identifying members’ interests, developing new leaders, legal rights in the workplace, and the power of collective action. We discuss how to communicate these values to increase involvement and commitment.
It is crucial that labor leaders understand how our economy has changed. We examine how globalization, the evolution of technology, and the rise of the financial sector have impacted different groups of workers and changed the conditions for organizing. We look at how our global economy is structured and think creatively about potential reforms.
Creating Community Bonds: Saturday, November 5
Struggles of workers are inextricably interwoven with the struggles of communities. We assess our current capacity for working across movements and identify best practices for building effective community-labor collaboration. We look at the ways cultural values, economic structures, and the media have shaped perceptions of working people and unions and how unions have responded. We then focus on building our own narrative and countering the corporate media machine. We examine social movement unionism and historical and current examples of how workers and social movements can build power.
Putting It All Together: Saturday, December 10
The Leadership Academy concludes with an analysis of our situation, examining both organizational strengths and weaknesses and considering the opportunities and threats we face. We will creatively apply lessons learned throughout this class to develop and share strategies and tactics that we can utilize to revitalize our unions and the labor movement. This concluding session ends with graduation and the presentation of Certificates of Completion.
Sign up online or by calling Anna, at (608) 262.2112 by Monday, August 29, 2016.
Enrollment is limited to 30 people and no more than four individuals from any single local union to ensure a high-quality educational experience. Women, people of color, and workers under 30 are encouraged to register.
Tuition is $1,350 due upon application into the program. The fee includes lunch and all program materials.
Lodging is available at the Lowell Center, 608.262.4395, use room block code SFW1.
Diversity Leadership Development Scholarships available. For every paid registration, recruit a woman, a person of color to attend for FREE. Continue to build, to empower, and to prepare union leadership to succeed. Registration is due August 1, 2016.