Climate Resilience Leadership Network
Professional Development for Collaborative
Environmental Professionals across Los Angeles
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Climate Resilience Leadership Network
The Climate Resilience Leadership Network fosters robust leadership development in an experiential cohort-based program designed to awaken, build, and grow stewards needed to create and nurture healthier and more resilient communities in the Los Angeles region.
Participants will benefit from 1) adaptive leadership skill-building through Coro’s unique blend of experiential and immersive programming, 2) peer learning, 3) capacity-building explorations with experienced community leaders, climate resilience practitioners, trained facilitators, and partners, and 4) network exposure to the broader regional community through cross-boundary collaboration.
This program has been designed in collaboration with Accelerate Resilience Los Angeles (ARLA) and the Regenesis Institute.
Across 80 hours of professional development training, the program will meet February to June for the Opening Retreat and Leadership Forums, followed by a Closing Symposium in September.
The Program is broken into four structural components, each targeted on accelerating systemic shifts towards climate resilience:
- Opening Retreat – Mandatory multi-day, off-site weekend retreat laying key skills-building and cohort-building foundations.
- Leadership Forums – Uniquely-tailored, facilitated professional and personal leadership development skill-building sessions. These are hands-on, highly-collaborative, and experiential, with learning contextualized through impact-based case studies, and geared towards evolving your knowledge and capacity for change leadership.
- Cohort Project – Cohort-curated and -led exploration of a challenge facing the Los Angeles region to stretch your professional and leadership development in a real-time setting to leverage the diverse cross-sectoral peer learning environment and lean into impact.
- Closing Symposium – A mandatory post-program forum for facilitated reflection and cohort support after a period of real-world, practical and theoretical application of learning.
CRLN brings together a diverse cross-sector cohort of professionals for an immersive experiential program committed to building the leadership capacity of Los Angeles County’s climate policy, advocacy and community-based change makers. Focused on building your leadership skills, systems-based knowledge, and issue-centered networks, the program exposes you to cross-sectoral and intersectional perspectives on climate issues and policy, community and issues advocacy, environmental justice, and land conservation and transformation.
Drawing from practices of regenerative and place-sourced solutions, CRLN enables participants to deepen their understanding of the innate potential that lies within the natural and human living systems of Los Angeles Basin and build a toolkit to disrupt systems and structures to foster a more climate resilient future.
The curriculum integrates the following:
- Adaptive Leadership & Systems Thinking
- Coalition Building & Community Engagement
- Effective Communication, Storytelling, and Advocacy
- Effective Inquiry and Critical Thinking
- Equity, Inclusion, Belonging
- Group Dynamics
- Living Infrastructure Concepts
- Los Angeles. as a Living System
- Negotiations and Managing Conflict
- Place-Sourced Practices
- Public Narrative Frameworks
- Regenerative Approaches
- Stakeholder and Power Analysis
- Self-Awareness and Self-Management Tools
As a leadership and professional development institute, Coro’s program goals, including CRLN, aim to expand the leadership and professional capacity of our program participants in order for them to have the networks, skills, and knowledge, supporting them as they drive impact in their work and communities.
|CRLN IS NOT||CRLN IS|
|An echo chamber for your perspectives to be reinforced.||A place to explore, experience, and appreciate a diversity of paradigms, experiences, and viewpoints, and engage in productive conflict and discourse.|
|A “quick fix” bootcamp where you will be told the answers and solutions.||A place to identify personal professional strengths and areas for growth and practice skills building.|
|A think tank in which Coro or you will be “solving” the region’s climate and environmental crises.||A space to build a collaborative network of peers eager to work together – both during the program and afterward – to better understand how to address this crisis and expand your toolkit of frameworks to enhance your capacity to do so.|
The program creates opportunities for you to bring your professional work and passion into the program.
- Visualizing What is Possible – To help envision what urban regeneration is in a place-based setting, you will have the opportunity to utilize a Living Infrastructure Field Kit to understand: 1) impacts and trade-offs from various approaches, as well as 2) new pathways to get meaningful community-based input and engagement.
- Peer Consultancy – The peer consultancy model enables you to bring into the program a real-world professional challenge you are seeking to address and to seek peer coaching from your cohort.
- Exploring Tough Interpretations – An adaptive leadership module that builds on Coro’s effective inquiry, giving and receiving feedback, and effective communication tools to illuminate your resistance to change.
- Impact Project – As a cohort-led component of the program, the Impact Project provides you with an opportunity to expand your knowledge of the challenges the region faces related to the issues of climate resilience, while also engaging in thought-partnership with other cohort participants and external stakeholders on how to move forward.
Coro values diverse perspectives, identities, experiences, and world views represented in programming and cohorts; as such, CRLN cohorts reflect the make-up of the region, representing a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, and identities.
Ideal CRLN candidates are those who:
- work in, live in, and/or serve communities in Los Angeles County;
- have direct experience in living infrastructure practices and advocacy, climate change action, environmental protection and justice, energy, community development, water solutions, land management and conservation, and/or other related fields;
- have a demonstrated passion for or commitment to creating innovative solutions to building a climate resilient Los Angeles;
- hold an interest in environmental infrastructure, climate resilience, and environmental justice challenges;
- view climate change and environmental protection as a cross-sectoral challenge, requiring multi-sectoral communication and collaboration to sustainably make an impact and have the mindset needed to engage in transformational work; and
- have the support they need from their organizations and/or capacity to fully commit to program sessions and group assignments.
Multi-Perspective: You should be ready to engage productively with different paradigms and perspectives, ready to participate in personal reflection, and be willing to evaluate and reconsider your worldview given new information. Come prepared to explore new ways to contribute to the larger whole or create more value in your work.
Embracing Ambiguity: A signature characteristic of Coro programming is intentionally using ambiguity as a way to highlight your leadership defaults, ignite your learning, and support you to lead and manage through uncertainty.
Learn by Doing: Coro views leadership as a practice; you should be ready to learn by doing with sessions as opportunities to lay the foundation; you will gain the most by taking the skills, tools, and frameworks and practicing/adapting them in your professional roles.
Vulnerability and Psychological Safety: Coro views vulnerability as a critical leadership attribute essential for unleashing learning, building authentic and meaningful connection, and for holding spaces that are psychologically safe. Coro believes psychological safety is a precursor to adaptive, innovative collaboration. You should be ready to contribute to building a psychological safe cohort environment by engaging, modeling vulnerability, seeking perspectives different than your own, sharing and receiving feedback, and contributing to a culture of gratitude and generosity.
Thanks to generous support from ARLA, Coro Southern California is able to offer CRLN to participants for a significantly reduced program fee of $250 (discounted and subsidized down from $9,500).
The generous financial support of CRLN’s sponsors and program fee covers:
- Over 80 hours of expert facilitated learning, materials, and instruction
- Overnight shared-occupancy accommodations for the Opening Leadership Retreat (specific details will be provided)
- All meals during the Opening Leadership Retreat
- Interpersonal Leadership Styles™ assessment and materials
- Lunch during full-day, in-person sessions
- Closing Ceremony reception
- Upon successful completion, a Coro CRLN certificate of completion and access to the Coro community and special alumni-only events, programming, and platforms
You may incur additional incidental expenses due to your participation, such as transportation and parking costs and additional meals outside of those provided by Coro.
Participant Stipend: Thanks to the generous support of ARLA, Coro is able to offer a limited number of needs-based stipends up to $1,000 per participant to offset expenses related to their participation, such as transportation and child care. Applicants seeking participant stipends must complete at the time of application the relevant questions on the CRLN application.
Employer and Sponsor Assistance: Most of Coro’s past participants have secured financial support from their employers to cover the program fee. We encourage you to speak with your employer or to engage your network about potential support. We have prepared this useful Program Benefits Guide to support you in employer conversations about professional development.
Coro’s programs deliver deep impact (see more in the “Program Impact & Testimonials” tab above and in the Program Benefits Guide) at a highly subsidized professional development rate. Climate and environmental work and the challenges your team members face while engaging in this work are complex. Investing in your team by expanding their skills, network, and knowledge further builds your capacity to deliver on your organization’s mission.
Supporting team members – either financially and/or with the time and space to participate fully in CRLN – yields strong organizational benefits by:
- Demonstrating your commitment to the employee, increasing their feeling of engagement, which often leads to higher productivity, loyalty, and retention;
- Increasing the skills of employees in critical positions that can be incorporated departmentally and instilled in their direct reports; and
- Motivating all employees by signaling that leadership and a commitment to their work is rewarded by the organization.
“In an era defined by climate change, there is an urgent need to empower leaders to confront these challenges holistically.
ARLA’s partnership with Coro in the Climate Resilience Leadership
Network (CRLN) harnesses Coro’s track record in leadership development with ARLA’s climate expertise to prepare leaders to navigate complex climate challenges from a systems perspective and lead with empathy, adaptability and accountability. The CLRN program nurtures a supportive network for sharing knowledge across sectors, providing leaders with essential tools to reach their fullest potential in navigating these complexities.”
– Accelerate Resilience Los Angeles
Coro engaged with a wide-array of organizations to learn more about the leadership development needs for professionals working across and within the issues of climate change and action. These organizations included:
- Accelerate Resilience Los Angeles (ARLA)
- Amazon Web Services: Energy and Environmental Policy
- Climate Resolve
- Council for Watershed Health, Safe Clean Water Program (SCWP)
- County of Los Angeles, Chief Sustainability Office
- Fernandeñno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians
- LA Compost
- Los Angeles Waterkeeper
- Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
- Pacoima Beautiful
- Public Works Partners
- Raimi + Associates
- Regenesis Institute
- River LA
- University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs
Organizations listed do not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the CRLN program, or Coro, by the organization.
Thank you to our Supporters
Now accepting applications for the 2024 CRLN cohort. Submit online here. Applications are due Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 11:59pm PST.
- Interest Form
Click here to complete an Interest Form and learn more about CRLN.
Know someone who would be great for CRLN? Nominate them here.
- Program Benefits
Download this guide to review the benefits of CRLN participation. This is a great resource for those requesting employer financial support and time off for participation.
- Program Calendar
Click here to view the CRLN 2024 Program Calendar (including the program’s attendance policy).
- Questions? Contact:
Vice President of Growth