Women’s Emerging Leaders

Recognizing the importance and need for developing leadership among women who comprise the majority of the nonprofit work force, the Women’s Emerging Leaders (WEL) program was created to help prepare, strengthen and support women for future leadership roles.  WEL is a ten month program consisting of two components: an intensive Leadership Essentials for Women workshop and enrollment in the Nonprofit Essentials Program, a series of skill building classes jointly sponsored by HandsOn NWNC and Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate Institute.

Applicants must be mid-level female staff (managers, program directors, program coordinators, and other professionals) currently employed by nonprofits located in and serving Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin Counties, who are committed to public service and interested in gaining leadership skills to enhance their ability to pursue leadership positions within their organizations or within the nonprofit sector. The program is also open to Executive Directors of new or emerging nonprofit organizations who have 3 years or less of experience in their role as Executive Director.

Leadership Essentials for Women-A 2 ½ day, intensive workshop that helps participants develop their personal leadership skills, while addressing issues and perceptions traditionally unique to women, such as the choices and trade offs that many women face as they juggle professional and personal issues. Based on a curriculum from the Center for Creative Leadership and taught by a CCL adjunct faculty member, this workshop has been crafted specifically for WEL participants. Participants will receive insight into their personal leadership skills and challenges, learn techniques to give and receive feedback, gain fresh perspectives and practical advice on how to tackle their personal leadership challenges, learn to make choices based on trade offs and rewards, how to overcome biases, and develop strong bonds with a new group of local female peers within the nonprofit sector who will provide future career support. This is a REQUIRED workshop. 

2019-2020 Schedule
Leadership Essentials for Women workshop (MANDATORY)
August 28 (8:30-5:30 pm)*
August 29 (8:30-7 pm)*
August 30 (8:30-2 pm)
*There is an additional hour of homework Wednesday and Thursday evenings, so participants are strongly encouraged to plan nothing else these two evenings

Nonprofit Essentials Program. Ten monthly skill building classes including: governance, budgeting and finance, human resources, strategic planning, working with grassroots leaders, fund development, collaboration, evaluation, advocacy and communication, and grant writing.  Classes are typically scheduled the third Thursday of each month unless there is a holiday.  Each half-day class features a networking lunch that provides time to connect with WEL peers and other class participants.  Nonprofit Essentials class descriptions and dates can be found here.

Cost. $550/person. The cost for HandsOn NWNC Supporting Partners is $500/person. These fees represent less than ten percent of the cost of the program, and are a significant savings for the participant/organization. Please note that the discount for Supporting Partners is equivalent to the cost of becoming a Supporting Partner, allowing your organization to immediately recoup this cost while ensuring that all of your organization’s staff, volunteers, and board members can take advantage of discounted Supporting Partner rates on other programs for a full year.  If you already currently taking classes in the Nonprofit Essentials program, you must wait until WEL applications for the next class are open in order to apply to this program.  Joining the program at other times throughout the year is not allowed.

Apply here (WEL applications due – June 30, 2020)

  • “I made connections that have helped me significantly in my work. The leadership training has helped me be a more effective team leader and adapt to the changing needs of my team more flexibly (and learn from the things that didn’t go well). The topics discussed in the training have also helped me feel more confident in my volunteer work as well as given me ideas for how my agency can improve the work that we are doing. And, the networking opportunities have helped connect me to new volunteer opportunities and helped me to feel more comfortable networking and asking for assistance from other professionals when needed.”
  • “I have been positively impacted by the WEL program to date. The program has allowed me to engage with others and provided me with a network of female professionals in the Winston Salem/Forsyth county area.  I have learned so much about my strengths and how to overcome my weaknesses during this experience.  I also truly enjoyed being paired with an accountability partner.”
  • “In September, right after the training, I shared some of the highlights from the session with my colleagues – videos, examples, ideas on leadership, tool kits, and handouts. I find myself coming back to the green folder regularly looking for a certain survey, some particular part of the workshop, or the handouts. The value was absolutely priceless. Nonprofit Essentials classes feel new every time as there’s always some piece of information I didn’t know before that I can implement immediately in my everyday work.”

For more information, contact the Program Director.