Leadership Development Services

United Way Leadership Development Services Public Workshops:

United Way strengthens the voluntary sector by offering training and workshops
to non-profit organizations throughout KFLA. The Leadership Development Services (LDS) public workshops are designed for board members, senior staff and volunteers to build capacity and develop the skills needed to become effective leaders.

Upcoming Workshops

Roles, Responsibilities and Recruitment for Boards of Directors
2-Part Workshop for Board Members and Senior Administrators
$20 registration includes both virtual sessions, plus electronic materials and
advance activities.

Part 1: Roles and Responsibilities of Boards
Date: April 10, 2024
Time: 1:00-3:30pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom

This introductory workshop will help board of directors understand their role and responsibilities. The workshop will provide tips and tools to support governance, regardless of the size of your organization. It will also share practical ways to incorporate generative discussions, distinguish between operations and governance and manage board meetings.

It is an essential workshop for first-time directors, and for directors looking for a refresher.

Part 2: Recruitment of Boards
Date: April 11, 2024
Virtual via Zoom

The workshop will focus on ways to build a strong board of directors by strategically recruiting leaders, share ways to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion at the governance level, onboard directors, and will also provide practical steps to help create a board that functions effectively.

At the end of both sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Define the role of their board
  • Identify the board model that works best for the organization
  • Identify primary board responsibilities and those of the CEO
  • Identify key qualities you’re looking for in each board member
  • Develop and implement a strategic board recruitment process

Facilitator: Bhavana Varma, OOnt. is the former President & CEO of the United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, a role she held for 24 years. She volunteers for many organizations and provides consulting and coaching to help non-profit leaders be the best they can be. An experienced facilitator with over 30 years in the not-for-profit sector, Bhavana brings insight and learning from her work locally and nationally.

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Risk Management: Are you ready for the next crisis?
Date: February 29, 2024, 4:30-7:30pm
Facilitator: Kim Murphy, Risk and Safety Services, Queen’s University
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Risk can be defined as anything that threatens the ability of an organization to achieve its mission. Risk management is the process of anticipating risks and putting in place mechanisms to change and control risks. This workshop is an essential piece for boards and staff planning to embark on a Risk Management plan. At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify potential sources of risk – including those that stem from critical events transitional phases
  • Describe the risk management process
  • Identify techniques/strategies that can be used to manage risk

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Past Workshops

Strategic Planning in Times of Change and Uncertainty
Date: October 18, 2023, 1:30-3:30pm
Facilitator: Rob Wood
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Strategic choices have a powerful influence on whether or not an organization will thrive in the future. This workshop will take you through not just the core concerns of strategic planning but also key subtleties to consider if you wish to plan effectively for operations in an ever-changing system. Participants will learn about best-practice approaches and options for strategy development; how leaders are adapting their planning models to post-pandemic conditions; practical tips, examples, and tools to help you execute your own strategic plans.

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Financial Best Practices for Not-For-Profits
Date: September 26, 2023, 1:00-4:00pm
Facilitator: Desirée Kennedy, City of Kingston
Location: Virtual via Zoom

 This workshop provides an overview of financial best practices for board of directors and senior administrators of not-for-profits. Learn about topics relevant to daily financial management and governance responsibilities including budget preparation and monitoring; internal and external financial reporting; cash flow projections; financial policies and controls; and board oversight.

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United Way Leadership Development Services Board Governance Workshops
For Board Members and Senior Administrators.

Roles, Responsibilities and Recruitment of Boards
Date: June 19, 2023 1 – 5 pm
 Bhavana Varma, United Way KFLA
Location: Virtual via Zoom

This interactive introductory workshop helps board of directors understand their roles and which board structure works best for your organization. You will gain tips and tools to support your governance role, regardless of the size of your organization. It is an essential workshop for first time directors, as well as directors looking for a refresher. The workshop will also focus on strategically recruiting board members and steps to help in creating an effective board.

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Demystifying Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI): Information Session
Date: April 26, 2023 5:30 – 7:30pm
Facilitator: Jennifer Mak, J. Mak Consulting,
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Over the last three years and counting, there has been a sense of urgency in response to what’s happened and what’s been happening with particular respect to the escalation of anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and anti-Asian violence; the further marginalization of persons with disabilities; and the increasing displacement of people who are insecurely housed or unhoused.

In response, many organizations have started to consider or have furthered their EDI work. However, there are often misconceptions about EDI and an oversight that EDI is interconnected to human rights, which can have negative impacts on an organization.

Join us for an information session on the basics of EDI and its interrelation to human rights and legislative obligations.

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