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Webinar 1: Library Leadership Cultivation -

During COVID-19, and Beyond

When we last surveyed our members, many voiced a strong interest in virtual opportunities to learn and network with fellow Friends of the Library. In light of more recent developments, that particular piece of feedback sure seems prescient! So, in lieu of our traditional slate of in-person workshops, MALF is pleased to announce our first-ever webinar.

Our debut topic, by popular demand, will be board and leader cultivation. Nonprofits of all types struggle to recruit would-be leaders, but Friends organizations are particularly familiar with that challenge.

And that’s not the only pain point. Once on board – pardon the pun – new recruits need to be trained in. It sounds so basic, but MALF routinely fields queries from Friends board members confused about their role, responsibilities, and restrictions. This onboarding, or lack thereof, often reflects grey areas in a board’s policies and practices more generally.

Mary Jo Wimmer, business coach and founder of Trillium Leadership Development, will discuss these issues and more on Wednesday, June 10 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.). As with our in-person workshops, the webinar is free to attend. However, advance registration is required. (REGISTER)

“We’re living through a strange time. COVID-19 restrictions are impacting every aspect of our lives – volunteer activities, not the least of them,” said Sue Grove, MALF’s vice president of programming. “Our webinars will absolutely take the current climate into account.”

“By moving content to the digital space – versus discontinuing it altogether – we can perhaps bring a silver living to this ‘necessary pause’ in Friends groups’ normal operations.”

In another nod to the surreal times we are collectively living through, MALF will cap the June 10 webinar with a free-form ideas sharing component. As with our in-person “popcorn style” sharing sessions (which we’ve enjoyed bringing to communities across the state since 2012), this is a no-agenda opportunity to air frustrations, share ideas, and learn a little about what your counterparts across Minnesota are up to.

About Our Speaker:
Since founding Trillium Leadership Development in 1992, Mary Jo Wimmer has coached dozens of not-for-profits, businesses and civic bodies across rural Minnesota toward actualizing their mission statements and achieving full organizational potential. Her core competencies include teamwork cultivation, leadership training, training on workplace conflict, and assisting organizations with intercultural competency development.

In addition to her own practice, Wimmer is a senior trainer for the Blandin Foundation's leadership program and a Forum Discussion Leader for the Anderson Center for Leadership and Management. She has recently written a book on training. Among other volunteer commitments, Wimmer manages the bookstore for the Friends of the Grand Rapids Area Library. 

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