Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

generative somatics announces Embodied Leadership for Funders and Donors

Monday, November 15, 2021

Presented by generative somatics

About this course

Embodied Leadership for Funders and Donors (ELFD) (online) is an introductory embodied leadership program for leaders in the funding world who are committed to redistributing wealth to social and climate justice movements, BIPOC communities, and poor and working class communities. ELFD offers donors and funders an opportunity to build relationships across organization and role. Participants will be in conversation and practice with one another about the particular challenges facing leaders in social justice funding in these times. Participants are invited into joint inquiry about the relevance of embodied leadership development, trauma healing, and resilience building in funding contexts that aim to support and be part of powerful social and climate justice movements. ELFD supports participants to grow their leadership in moving resources (financial and otherwise) to organizations engaged in movement building.

This eight week online program will support participants to vision new possibilities, align actions with vision, and transform toward our longings for freedom and liberation. We will explore ways to more effectively coordinate together, take action, and ally with one another towards our individual and collective visions. As an individual, you will reflect on your own leadership, envision the kind of leader you want to be, and begin to make the moves to get there. You will explore how you historically act under pressure and learn to shift unwanted automatic reactions. While individual leadership development is a key focus and outcome of this course, our bigger aim is for participants to take away a greater ability to align our movement culture and strategies with our shared values.

In this course participants will be invited to:

  • Identify and articulate your vision and how you want to lead;
  • Notice your default habits that show up in your leadership and relationships, when you are under pressure;
  • Relax under pressure, which supports more grounded action;
  • Stay more present through a wide range of emotions and experiences;
  • Form more connected, mutual relationships;
  • Coordinate with others more effectively and easefully;
  • Embody greater authenticity and accountability in your leadership and relationships;
  • Strengthen your presence with others and increase your ability to move others in beneficial directions;
  • Learn to hold contradictions and complexity, while you continue to move toward your visions, and sustain your relationships;
  • Compel and inspire people towards a collective vision and greater leadership risks;
  • Develop a daily practice that will feed your leadership and wellbeing beyond the course.

Dates: April 20 - June 8, 2022 (8 weekly sessions)

Location: Online

Application deadline: January 31, 2022

For more information and to apply, visit the course website.

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