Update: February 13, 2015 - Champions for Change - Washington, DC is now SOLD OUT. The optional leadership training session on March 26-27 has a few remaining spots left. Register for optional leadership session.
Calgary still has spots! If you are interested in participating in the 2015 Champions for Change workshops, registration for Champions for Change Calgary (April 15-17, 2015) is still open.
Champions for Change 2015
Join us on March 24-26, 2015 at the 2015 Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact event hosted by the Collective Impact Forum, in partnership with the Tamarack Institute.
This next series of trainings will be similar in theme and content to the last two years of successful Champions for Change learning events. We will hold these new sessions in Washington, DC (March 24-26) and Calgary, AB (April 15-17) in 2015.
Dates: Tuesday, March 24 – Thursday March 26, 2015
- Tuesday, March 24: 11am - 1pm (Registration); 1pm - 8:00pm (Programming)
- Wednesday: March 25: 7:30am - 6:30pm
- Thursday, March 26: 7:30am - 12:30pm
The Washington, DC workshop (March 24-27, 2015) is now SOLD OUT with a full waiting list.
To Register for the Calgary, AB workshop (April 15-17, 2014): Register with the Tamarack Institute
Spots are limited and both 2014 Champions for Change sesssions sold-out far in advance. Register early to reserve your space.
Price: $950 / person for a single registrant; $850 / person for two registrants; $750 / person for three registrants.
March 26-27 - Optional Leadership Training Session - Sign up for the optional extension training session "The Art of Network Leadership" with Heather McLeod Grant that will be held March 26-27 at the same venue. (Cost: $295. Space is limited to 100 Attendees.)
The Doubletree Washington DC - Crystal City is the event headquarters hotel. Champions for Change registrants receive a discounted rate of $175.00 plus applicable taxes. Upon registering for the event, you will receive hotel booking information.
UPDATE: The Champions for Change hotel block is SOLD OUT.
Registration Cancellation Policy
Full refunds will be offered until Friday, February 1, and partial refunds will be offered (less a $150 administration fee) until Friday, February 27. Refunds cannot be made after February 27, but substitutions are possible. Substitution names must be confirmed and submitted by Friday, March 13, 2015.
About Champions For Change
A strong backbone team - staff dedicated to guiding a cross-sector group of stakeholders toward a common goal - is a critical component of collective impact. We invite you to join a group of collective impact leaders for a three-day workshop designed for leaders of backbone teams from collective impact initiatives.
Through this workshop, we look forward to providing professional development to backbone leaders; creating peer learning among backbone leaders; and generating new insights on the work of backbone organizations for the field. Topics to be explored include:
- Clarifying the roles and leadership characteristics of the backbone organization
- Incorporating an equity lens in your collective impact work
- Engaging the community in your initiative
- Fostering collaboration with funders, partners, and stakeholders
- Developing and learning from shared measurement
- Evaluating collective impact
- Sustaining funding for collective impact over the long term
- Understanding the essential mindset shifts required to accomplish collective impact
Note that this workshop is designed for staff playing the backbone function and steering committee members of collective impact initiatives demonstrating or working to implement all five conditions of collective impact (common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support).
Confirmed 2015 Speakers and Faculty Members:
- Paul Born, Tamarack Institute
- John Kania, FSG
- Paul Schmitz, Collective Impact Forum
- Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute
Scholarships: As of December 23, 2014, we are no longer accepting applications for the limited number of scholarships that would cover 50% of the workshop's registration fee. In January 2015, all scholarship applications have been reviewed, and awards have been granted. Thank you for your interest in our scholarship opportunities. The process for our Washington, DC, event is now closed.
View Workshop Agenda: 2015 Workshop Agenda - Washington, DC (PDF)
Extend your Learning: Optional Leadership Training Session with Heather McLeod Grant on March 26-27!
From March 26-27, we will host a one-day optional training session that will dive deeper into discussing the unique skills and capacities that are needed to lead collective impact initiatives. This session will be limited to only 100 attendees and will be held at the same venue as the three-day training. (Cost: $295)
THE ART OF NETWORK LEADERSHIP (March 26-27, 2015)
As the world of social change shifts to more collective impact approaches, it is important that we cultivate the new kinds of leadership needed in this work. If you are a leader within a CI network, or backbone organization, you have likely already discovered that much of what you've learned about organizational leadership doesn't necessarily apply in this new world. In fact, we're witnessing the emergence of a new kind of leadership--network or systems leadership. This leadership is less about position, authority, management, or control, and much more about facilitating the work of others: engaging, connecting, and catalyzing members of the network, and helping them to self-organize to achieve shared goals. It requires new mindsets, tools, skills and behaviors--not least of which is a strong understanding of group dynamics.
In this session we'll take a "deep dive" into network leadership. You'll learn the difference between organizational and network leadership, and how to "straddle" both frames in your work. You'll have a chance to experiment with and develop some of the new mindsets and skills needed to be a more effective as a network leader. And, you'll leave with a greater appreciation of how your own leadership, and that of others in your network, is a critical success factor in making collective impact work.
This session begins Thursday, March 26 at 2pm and ends Friday, March 27 at noon.
- Thursday, March 26: 2pm - 6:30pm
- Friday, March 27: 7:30am - 12pm
About Heather McLeod Grant
This session will be lead by Heather McLeod Grant a consultant, advisor, speaker, and trainer with more than twenty years experience in the social sector. She is the co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and numerous other articles. Formerly she worked at McKinsey and Monitor Institute, and she holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB from Harvard.
2015 Champions for Change - Washington, DC is Sold Out.