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

EDI & Workplace Conflict: A Risk Perspective
Date: September 18, 2024, 5:30-7:30pm
Facilitator: Jennifer Mak, J. Mak Consulting
Location: Virtual via Zoom

The connection between EDI and workplace conflict, specifically harassment, discrimination, and violence, is often overlooked, as EDI is commonly regarded as a “nice-to-have”. This oversight can increase the risk of health and safety issues, financial costs, and legal repercussions. Having EDI and human rights embedded into an organization’s policies, procedures, processes, practices, and programs will help manage risk by preventing workplace conflict and, ultimately, eliminating systemic barriers.

Join us for an information session on how EDI and human rights are essential tools to prevent workplace conflict and manage associated risks.

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Duties and Liabilities of Directors: How to Protect Yourself 
Date: October 30, 2024, 1:00-3:00pm
Facilitator: Michael Adams, Viner, Kennedy LLP
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Board members of non-profit organizations and charities are right to be concerned about their personal liability, and need to understand the risks involved in volunteering on a board of directors and how to protect themselves.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the legal structure of your organization and its constitutional documents.
  • Identify and describe practices to limit liability.
  • Identify and describe the legal duties of the board and of individual directors.

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Past 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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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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