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Transformational Movement Leaders

October 26, 2009

By: Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, Director of Capacity Building, Academy for Leadership and Action

Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz


Do you sometimes feel stuck when it comes to bringing your organizing, movement building or organizational stills to the next level?

Yeah, I thought so… We all feel that way sometimes because learning is a life-long process!

Isn’t it a bummer that there aren’t very many places in the LGBT movement where you can get your skills on and break through to the next level of your growth and development? Well have I got good news for all of us! The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Academy for Leadership and Action offers you that all important, earth-shattering learning experience! Yes, action is hot but so is learning!

Let me tell you about the Academy for Leadership and Action. It’s a learning laboratory for leaders like you who are looking to break through to the next level of their growth and development. Yep, it’s where you can come to sharpen your skills by taking an intermediate or advanced class on hot topics like building your board, developing a kick-ass ballot measure campaign or becoming the kind of visionary and inclusive leader you want to be. The Academy for Leadership and Action is one of those rare places in the LGBT movement where you can really push yourself to take on new challenges and deepen your skills. Isn’t that what being a movement leader is all about?

We have been working hard at the Task Force to build the Academy and to make it skill building and leadership development “central” for the LGBT movement. Along the way we have come to understand that a truly transformed society will mean that movements, communities, organizations and individuals need to be interdependent, interconnected and working to ensure that all individual and collective bodies are liberated. As a result, all of the work within the Academy for Leadership and Action speaks directly to this frame because our ultimate goal is to build movements, leaders and organizations that transform society.

How about that! Don’t you want to join us in being a transformational movement leader?

The Academy curriculum, developed by Task Force staff with input from key community organizations, leaders will focus on the following themes:

  • The ability to develop and transform worldview
    Activating key beliefs, values, convictions; elevating and promoting core themes in all we do; linking our issues to a broader agenda; shaping public debate and thinking; challenging and shaping the dominant worldview.
  • The ability to demonstrate radical welcome
    Invitation, inclusion and re-invention of power structures at every level of organization, decision making, partnerships and coalitions.
  • The ability to build capacity and infrastructure
    Base building, organizing, fundraising, leadership development, creation and growth of strategic alliances, coalition unity.
  •  The ability to make immediate political change
    Organizing in electoral and legislative campaigns, policy change, direct action, mass mobilization.

I hope that you will join us at the 22nd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 3-7, 2010.

Register today for the Academy for Leadership and Action! We need leaders like you to help us create the kind of inclusive movement and society that ushers in change and justice for all!

See you in Dallas!

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