Workforce Leadership Network

Coro California brings together Coro’s Los Angeles and San Francisco centers to promote cross-regional collaboration, network building, and solutions sharing. 

The Workforce Leadership Network (WLN) is a part-time, four-month leadership development program for workforce development leaders, change-makers, and thought-leaders, across the field with preferably 5 years of experience, who are dually interested in individual leadership development and innovating workforce development to more equitably increase positive outcomes for job seekers and precariously employed people.

The virtual program will span seven full-day sessions beginning in mid-October and ending in mid-January, with asynchronous individual and small group work conducted between sessions. Sessions will meld Coro’s signature experiential civic leadership development training with human-centered design thinking, facilitated by experienced Coro Northern California and Coro Southern California leadership trainers and Virginia Hamilton, U.S. Department of Labor Regional Administrator from 2012 to 2017.


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.

Coro Workforce Leadership Network 2021 Lookbook

Program sessions will provide valuable professional and leadership development frameworks, and work in concert to aid the planning and execution of small team solutions-oriented projects. Participants’ projects will be compiled into a 2020 Workforce Leadership Network Impact Book and presented to the rest of the cohort and workforce development stakeholders. 

Participants are expected to commit to full participation in all program sessions, as well as individual and small group asynchronous work outside of the program sessions.

Workforce Leadership Network Program Orientation

  • Tuesday, October 13: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Observe and Notice for Understanding

  • Monday, October 19: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 27: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Frame and Reframe for Clarity

  • Tuesday, November 10: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Imagine and Design for Change

  • Tuesday, December 1: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Make and Test for Impact

  • Wednesday, December 9: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 17: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Workforce Leadership Network Program Synthesis and Project Showcase

  • Tuesday, January 12: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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 serve communities in Los Angeles County or the Greater Oakland Area.
  • Have preferably five years of professional experience in the workforce development arena.
  • Exhibit a demonstrated understanding of current workforce development services and products.
  • Think critically about the challenges (and opportunities) facing workforce development.
  • Communicate effectively with other stakeholders in and outside of the field.
  • Hold an interest in innovating workforce development.
  • 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. Coro programs bring together a unique composition that drive:

Leadership Development
Coro firmly believes that successful and impactful leaders lead with effective inquiry and self-awareness. The WLN empowers participants to make concrete observations and discoveries to diagnose challenges and opportunities, enabling them to recognize the power of feedback.

Systems Thinking
Pairing Coro’s skills, frameworks, and tools with human-centered design thinking allows WLN to leverage two powerfully complementary leadership concepts to enable participants the ability to effectively analyze complex systems and complex problems, and to engage and communicate openly and honestly with the wide array of stakeholders.

Solutions-Oriented Project Development
WLN’s small team project will enhance project development, management, and implementation skills, and will allow participants to engage in real change-making.

Cost and Application

Thanks to generous support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, there is no tuition cost  for participants in the 2020 Workforce Leadership Network. Space is limited to 24 participants per region (Los Angeles County and Greater Oakland Area).

Applications are due by 5:00 PM PT on Friday, October 2 2020.

To apply, please complete this application.

*All sessions will be conducted via the Zoom platform, with participants expected to have both audio and visual functionality as often as possible during program sessions. Participants should ensure compatibility with Zoom prior to applying.*

Thank you to our Supporter

JPMorgan Chase Foundation