In the new year, four new cohorts of Learning Groups began to meet. Forty-Five nonprofit leaders from throughout San Diego and Orange Counties are participating and represent various subsectors of the nonprofit landscape, including education, the environment, health, social service, literacy, arts, technology, sports and exercise, diplomacy and international relations, and faith based charity. The four groups will continue to meet monthly through June 2017.
Each monthly curriculum module incorporates group problem solving activities as well as discussion on state-of-the-art leadership and management research grounded though the practitioner’s lens. These topics address common issues among nonprofits, such as:
Problem Solving, Leadership and Management, Developing Leaders, Managing Up and Team Building, Stages of Nonprofit Growth and Development, Conflict Resolution and Persuasion, Board Development, Time Management and Delegation, Strategic Planning, and Empowerment.
The Learning Group program has be filled to capacity since its inception in 1994. Applications for the next cohort will be accepted beginning in September 2017 and are available on our website. The next cohort will begin meeting in January 2018.
The Fieldstone Foundation is looking to hire a staff person to manage the programs and activities of the Fieldstone Leadership Network in Orange County, California and to raise funds to support and sustain the programs of the Network. This position offers a unique blend of program management and fund development responsibilities. The office is located in Newport Beach, but programs take place throughout the county and in San Diego. Primary responsibilities include the development and coordination of leadership training programs, fundraising and Network member and stakeholder cultivation, retention and support. The position is a part time (3 days/60%), mid-level management position reporting to the Executive Director. Administrative support is provided. A first quarter 2017 start date is anticipated.
Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications, including a one page letter explaining your interest in the position and your unique qualifications, your resume, and salary history should be sent to email@example.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and review process, please type your name and RESUME in the subject line of your e-mail.
The Fieldstone Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, handicap, veteran status, marital status or sexual orientation.
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Our Leadership Book Club is well underway and accomplishing one of its goals of expanding a leaders’ repertoire of books in the study of leadership. At today’s gathering, a member of the Book Club, shared, “the Book Club is working! I would never have read this book but it has been fruitful in providing me insight into my leadership”.
The Leadership Book Club has twelve members from a cross-section of nonprofit focus areas and is lead by a professional book club facilitator. Each member of the group will have the opportunity to select a book from the carefully curated book list and facilitate a session for their peer members. This experience is designed to help leaders develop skills in using and facilitating books and other reading materials as training tools with their staffs, boards and volunteers. The program runs thru June 2017. The next cohort will begin in September 2017. To be added to the interest list, please email Robins@fieldstonefoundation.org. Invitations will be extended in Spring 2017 for the Fall program.
Continuing a long held tradition, nonprofit leaders from Orange and San Diego Counties have applied to our Learning Group and Coaching programs in numbers that have each of the programs oversold for 2017! This phenomenon supports the research completed by the Caster Center for Nonprofit Research at the University of San Diego on the effectiveness and need for our programs. Over the next month, work will continue to finalize the participants for each program and interviews will be conducted with each of the applicants for our coaching program. Applicants can expect to hear back from the Foundation at the end of November for the Learning Group Program and in mid-December for Coaching.
The caliber and diversity of leaders applying to the programs is exceptionally strong and we are excited about the upcoming year! Thanks to all who applied and/or recommended our programs to peers.
Report on the effectiveness and need of The Fieldstone Leadership Network.
Last week, an “at-capacity” group of twenty-five nonprofit leaders from Orange and San Diego Counties gathered together in Santa Barbara for Fieldstone’s annual leadership retreat. The three day retreat was entitled Pilgrimage: A Leadership Journey and used the common rites of a sacred journey to provided time and space to explore the ways each of the eight steps (rites) relate to their nonprofit leadership journey. Based on the work of the Center for Courage and Renewal, the retreat was designed as a time for reflection, renewal and relationship and was facilitated by Janine Mason and Sue Carter Kahl, certified facilitators with the Center for Courage and Renewal in Washington. The retreat is offered as part of The Fieldstone Leadership Network, a continuum of programs to develop and support nonprofit leaders throughout their careers.
Nonprofit leaders from throughout San Diego and Orange County participated in our leadership retreat.
The Fieldstone Leadership Network has been designed as a continuum of programs and opportunities for nonprofit executives to learn and lead together with other professionals in the field. Currently, we host seven programs that build, deepen or sustain these activities. As leaders move through these various programs, we are often asked, “what’s next?” Today we are pleased to provide a new answer to that question as we announce the addition of a leadership book club to our Network offerings.
Research has shown that reading has always been an essential component of leadership development (HBR, Feb. 2016). However, even with the best of intentions, it is often difficult to get to or finish all of the books competing for our attention. Book Clubs are proven to help one commit to and develop a healthy habit of reading. This habit leads to an increase in knowledge, as the more one reads, the more one learns. Book clubs also change reading from a solitary activity to a communal one. Reading communally encourages one to read more deeply as a way to prepare to share thoughts and impressions with others in the Club. Maybe most importantly, book clubs inspire one to read books which one may not have otherwise selected or finished. Often these are the most meaningful reading experiences as one’s perspective is challenged or expanded.
Crafted with assistance from leadership and literary experts, including the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego, Harvard, Center for Courage and Renewal, Warwick’s and various independent consultants, the book club will work with a well cultivated and meaningful book list. This list will include fiction, non-fiction and other books we are describing as “the third sector”. This category of books will include technical, business, philosophy and poetry that will round out the other literary choices. Each book will be selected for its ability to inspire and inform personal leadership development. The list is balanced with classics and new releases from a variety of authors to provide a diverse perspective and learning opportunity. It is designed to be a living document that will continue to evolve throughout the life of the program.
The Fieldstone Book Club will be led by a professional book club facilitator. This will provide both the framework for the first three monthly discussions but also the training on how to facilitate and use book discussions as a teaching tool in your organization or with your leadership team. Our facilitator will work with each member as he/she prepares to facilitate one month’s discussion with a fellow member. This part of the program will help to develop trusted relationships among the book club members, while also solidifying the facilitator training with hands-on experience.
We are very excited to launch this new program and invite nonprofit leaders to join us as part of our founding club. We have space for 12 leaders. We expect the group to fill up quickly, so if you are interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The application and more specific information are available on this website under the leadership tab.
We are pleased to announce that Torrie Dunlap, CEO of Kids Included Together (KIT), has been selected as the 2016 Fieldstone Fellow! The Fieldstone Fellowship is a 12 month program which includes monthly executive coaching, quarterly mentor meetings with leaders from the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of San Diego, a 360 Degree review and an all expense paid trip to participate in the Harvard Course “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” in July. Congratulations Torrie!
The Clare Rose Sabbatical Program of the Fieldstone Leadership Network is a capacity building grant worth $50,000! The grant includes money for professional development for the organization’s staff, a three month paid sabbatical for the executive leader and a paid consultant to help with the leave and leadership planning, execution and return required by the experience. It is the only sabbatical capacity building program provided to nonprofits across all sectors by a local foundation in Orange and/or San Diego Counties.
We are pleased to announce the Clare Rose Sabbatical Class of 2016:
Make-A-Wish San Diego and Chris Sichel
North County Lifeline and Don Stump (SD)
Ivey Ranch Park Association and Tanya Danielly (SD)
Families Forward and Margie Wakeham (OC)
One OC and Dan McQuaid (OC)
Make-A-Wish San Diego and Chris Sitchel
North County Lifeline and Don Stump
One OC and Dan McQuaid
These five organizations will receive combined support of $250,000 to increase the capacity of their staffs and board members while giving their executives a meaningful break so he/she can return to the organization and the sector with renewed energy and vision. Congratulations to each of our five organizations and leaders!
The next deadline to apply for the Clare Rose Sabbatical is January 30, 2017. For more information on the Clare Rose Sabbatical Program please visit our the leadership tab on our website.
Ivey Ranch Park Association and Tanya Danielly
Families Forward and Margie Wakeham
The most successful people today either have had a coach or a mentor in their life. Having someone to guide us in the direction of our goals and give guidance for success is one of the greatest decisions a leader can make for self-improvement. For the last 20 years, the Fieldstone Leadership Network has been providing Executive Coaching to nonprofit leaders in Orange and San Diego Counties for that very purpose. This week we had the privilege to gather all of our Executive Coaches from San Diego and Orange Counties at Casa Romantica in San Clemente for a day of reporting, reflection, and learning. The day was rich with engaging conversations, probing questions, lots of laughter, and a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.
For more information on our coaching program – to apply to be coached or express interest in being trained as a coach – please visit our webpage at http://fieldstonefoundation.org/leadership-network/executive-leadership-coaching/
Alberto Cortes – Mama’s Kitchen; Margaret Bayston – Laura’s House; Sharon Lawrence – Voices for Children; Rusty Kennedy – Orange County Human Relations Council; Barbara Mannino (Retired) – Vista Community Clinic; Janine Mason – Fieldstone Foundation; Sharon Ellis – Habitat for Humanity Orange County; Margie Wakeham – Families Forward; Jean Wegener – Serving People in Need; Shirley Cole (Retired) – North County Life Line; Heather Cova – Fieldstone Foundation; Michael Carr (Retired) – SAY Yes San Diego; and Kathie Lembo – South Bay Community Services. Not pictured: Sue Carter-Kahl – USD Doctoral Program; Matthew D’Arrigo – A Reason to Survive, Inc; Kristen Garrett – Community Health Improvement Partners ; Lenore Lowe – Nonprofit Management Solutions; Lynda Perring (Retired) – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County; Sue Schaffner – Hostelling International USA San Diego Council; and Shawna Smith – Hope Builders.
View from Casa Romantica in San Clemente.
A non-profit leader’s ability to navigate challenging discussions is essential to advancing organizational goals and strategies, based on greater clarity about values and purposes; respectful and ethical community of practice; enhanced knowledge; openness to new ideas; and resilient collaborations. Working with Public Conversations Project, The Fieldstone Leadership Network is proud to offer “Navigating Difficult Conversations”. In this session, participants will learn to manage, and even embrace, difficult conversations—a transformational and critical tool for leaders in any setting.
April 5 in Orange County 1-4 pm
April 14 in San Diego 1-4 pm
Additional information and the registration link can be found on our website under the Crossroads and Turning Points tab.
As space is limited, early registration is encouraged.