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Leadership Experience 2019
Leadership Experience 2019

Pacific Western Region Staff are happy to announce the launch of “Leadership Experience 2019– a pilot leadership development program for the Pacific Western Region. Space is limited, so individuals are encouraged to apply to participate in this program by October 15.

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This pilot program will be a hybrid in-person/online learning experience. Participants will meet for a weekend retreat in one of three locations in January 2019. Participants will then have eight follow-up 90-minute video conference calls by Zoom February through May. There will also be an optional gathering for all participants at UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington, in June.

This program will be ideal for board members or other individuals in leadership positions within a congregation. Congregations are also strongly encouraged to send people who are being considered for future leadership positions. Ministers and other religious professionals may also attend.

Participants will gain a deeper grounding in Unitarian Universalism and will also gain knowledge and skills regarding mission-focused leadership, systems thinking, change management, anti-oppression and multicultural transformation, and conflict transformation as well as other topics.

The weekend retreats and Zoom calls will be led by PWR staff.

Here are the times, dates, and locations of the three weekend retreats as well as the follow-up Zoom calls:


Group A

Weekend Retreat: Friday evening – Sunday afternoon, January 11-13, Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, California (near San Francisco)

Follow Up Zoom Calls: First and Third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, May 7, and May 21).

Cost for San Francisco Leadership Experience: $500

Group B 

Weekend Retreat: Friday evening – Sunday afternoon, January 18-20, Madonna Retreat and Conference Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Follow-up Zoom Calls: First and third Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Mountain Time (February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2, and May 16)

Cost for Albuquerque Leadership Experience: $350

Group C

Weekend Retreat: Friday evening – Sunday afternoon, January 25-27, Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon (near Portland)

Follow-up Zoom Calls: Second and Fourth Wednesdays, 7 -8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (February 13, February 27, March 13, March 27, April 10, April 24, May 8, and May 22.)

Cost for Portland Leadership Experience: $400

If you are a minister or board president, please begin to consider who in your congregation might benefit most from participating in this experience and talk to them about the possibility of attending. Congregations are strongly encouraged to send a team of at least two people to participate.

The most successful congregations invest both time and money in lay leadership development, so please also begin to consider how your congregation might financially support the participation of those who may attend. 

Applications are now open. Participants may attend any one of the three weekend retreats, not necessarily the one closest to where they live. Registration includes food, lodging, and curriculum costs, but not transportation. If you live more than 300 miles from the nearest site, you are eligible for a $200 travel equalization discount.

PWR staff know the Russell Lockwood Leadership School, which was last held in 2016, was a transformative experience for many people in the Pacific Western Region, but high costs and the difficulty many people had being away from jobs and families for a week led to a dwindling number of participants in recent years. Our hope is this new program will be equally transformative while also being more affordable and more accessible for more people.

For more information, please contact PWR Regional Lead James Kubal-Komoto at (253) 252-6539 or jkubalkomoto [at] uua [dot] org

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