Workforce Leadership Network
Coro California brings together Coro’s Southern California and Northern California centers to promote cross-regional collaboration, network building, and solutions sharing.
Coro California’s Workforce Leadership Network (WLN) aims to develop a resilient network of leaders who can communicate effectively across organizations, seize opportunities for bold action and collaborations, and foster relationships and mutual understanding among varied stakeholders.
WLN is a part-time, four-month leadership development program for direct-service leaders, system leaders, and thought leaders across the field of workforce development. Participants will preferably have a minimum of 5 years of experience, and be interested in building individual leadership skills and knowledge, developing a network of peers across the field, and equitably increasing positive outcomes for job seekers and precariously employed people.
The hybrid program will begin in February 2022 and end in May 2022, with opportunities to learn and grow alongside workforce development from both Los Angeles County and Northern California.
The cohort will meet approximately four times – largely alternating between virtual and in-person sessions – per month for three-hour afternoon stints with application of skills conducted between sessions. Small groups will be formed and assigned to prepare a 3-hour in-person learning session on a topic of their choosing, complete with interview guests and planned discussions.
Sessions will be facilitated by experienced Coro Southern California and Northern California leadership trainers. Guests from the field of workforce development will be invited to speak and train on planned topics.
(note: all sessions, unless other noted will occur from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm PT)
- Thursday, February 3, 2022 – Session 1 (Virtual): Program Orientation
- Tuesday, February 8, 2022 – Session 2 (Virtual): Critical Thinking
- Thursday, February 17, 2022 – Session 3 (In Person): Leadership Styles
- Tuesday, February 22, 2022 – Session 4 (Virtual): Systems Thinking Part 1
- Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Session 5 (In Person): Systems Thinking Part 2
- Tuesday, March 8, 2022 – Session 6 (Virtual): Self-Awareness
- Thursday, March 17, 2022 – Session 7 (Virtual): Human Centered Design (10 am PT to 4 pm PT facilitated by Virginia Hamilton, former U.S. Department of Labor Regional Administrator)
- Tuesday, March 22, 2022 – Session 8 (In Person): Effective Communication
- Thursday, March 31, 2022 – Session 9 (Virtual): Navigating Complexity Part 1
- Tuesday, April 5, 2022 – Session 10 (In Person): Navigating Complexity Part 2
- Thursday, April 14, 2022 – Session 11 (In Person): Coro Conversation 1*
- Tuesday, April 19, 2022 – Session 12 (In Person): Coro Conversation 2*
- Thursday, April 28, 2022 – Session 13 (In Person): Coro Conversation 3*
- Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – Session 14 (In Person): Peer Consultancy
- Thursday, May 12, 2022 – Session 15 (Virtual): Closing Conversations
*Coro Conversations are cohort-led, planned and facilitated by small groups; topics will vary
COVID-19 Policies: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coro Southern California has instituted a range of COVID-19 policies, including required proof of vaccination to participate in in-person programming. All accepted Southern California candidates will be required to sign the COVID-19 Conduct Guidelines for Participants, Waiver of Liability, and Vaccination Requirement Policies and provide proof of full vaccination to participate in WLN. Coro Southern California will follow all mandated public health guidelines from the State of California and/or Los Angeles County public health officials and expect all participants to do so as well.
Attendance Policy: Coro uses experiential, cohort-driven learning methodology; you will not learn from the cohort and the cohort cannot learn from you if you are not present. Therefore, if a participant accumulates a total of five (5) session absences, they may be asked to leave the program (arriving more than 30 minutes from the start of the session or leaving more than 30 minutes prior to the end of the session is counted as a half absence).
Leadership is a practice; as such, ideal candidates do not need to have a specific title or position to apply. Moreover, WLN is meant for all sectors and industries advancing workforce development.
Ideal WLN candidates:
- Work, live, and/or serve communities in Los Angeles County
- Have preferably five (5) years or more of professional experience in the workforce development arena.
- Holds an interest in innovating workforce development products and services to address the challenges facing job seekers and precariously employed Californians.
- View workforce development as a cross-sectoral field and are willing to communicate and collaborate with other stakeholders in and outside of the field.
- Represent the broad and expansive backgrounds found in the communities they serve.
- Have the support they need from their organizations to fully commit to participating.
Participation in WLN will have both immediate and long-term benefits for participants, the participants’ organizations, and the communities the participants serve.
WLN will …
- provide cross-sectoral workforce development professionals with the leadership skills and a cross-sectoral, statewide and regional network to advance their capacity to ignite action and impact within their organizations and across the region to better provide workforce development services, and
- enable participants to enhance their knowledge of the workforce development challenges and solutions (and the systems in which those challenges and solutions lie) by learning from their peers within the cohort and across the workforce development environment.
As a result of WLN, participants will be able to …
- thoughtfully navigate complex workforce development situations, systems, and organizations better and function more effectively in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity
- include and engage multiple perspectives better
- communicate more effectively
- better bring people together across differences
- feel better equipped to collaborate and accelerate positive change wherever they are, discerning between effective management and impactful leadership
- become more self-aware, ground actions in awareness of values, and able to regulate their responses
- recognize personal strengths and blind spots
- accurately identify and evaluate problems within workforce development and empower team members and workforce development stakeholders to arrive at decisions and solutions
Thanks to generous support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Coro Southern California is able to offer the 2022 WLN program to participants for a program fee of only $250.
The 2020 WLN program delivered a range of skills in order to drive leadership development, systems thinking, and solutions-oriented project development. Over the course of six sessions spanning October to December 2020, the 2020 Cohort learned and applied these skills to observe and notice for understanding, frame and reframe for clarity, imagine and design for change, and make and test for impact.
Broken into smaller project teams within their respective Southern and Northern California regions, the Cohort embarked on a group project assignment that spanned the duration of the program. This project gave the participants an opportunity to practice working in collaboration, using new tools and practices to address a challenge facing the field of workforce development. They were required to brainstorm and propose probable, hypothesized solutions to meet the needs of job seekers.
This 2020 WLN Lookbook is a visual representation of their projects. Click below to flip through the Lookbook.
Thank you to our Supporter
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Now accepting applications. Deadline to apply is 11:50 pm PT on Sunday, January 9, 2022. Click here to apply.
Know someone who would be great for WLN? Nominate them here!
- Interest Form
Click here to complete an Interest Form and learn more about WLN.
- Meet the Current Class
Learn more about the current WLN cohort (coming soon).
- Meet Past Cohorts
Class of 2020