This all-day workshop is for those who are either in leadership positions in their RID Affiliate Chapters or aspire to be. It is a series of five sessions, which build upon each other.
Session 1: “Affiliate Chapter Handbook Review”
Sonja Smith, MA, NIC
Affiliate Chapter (AC) leadership are invited to a high-level review of the AC handbook. Participants are encouraged to BYOD, Bring Your Own Device, in order to become familiar with finding the document online and using it as a digital resource. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the contents of the AC handbook and how to use in everyday AC governance and management.
The goal of this session is to share a high-level overview of the AC handbook with AC leadership. The objectives include:
- AC leaders will be able to identify where the handbook is and it’s nature as a living document
- AC leaders will be able to locate the table of contents and describe the function of the handbook
- AC leaders will be recognized resources that support “threats” of mismanaged of ACs, including liability, reporting and retreat planning.
Session 2: “A Case Study of Small Wins and Collaboration”
Hayley Baccaire, NIC
Danielle Loughlin, LICSW
This session will review a case study of Rhode Island RID and the Rhode Island Association of the Deaf, focusing on allyship and advocacy. Fundamental concepts in nonprofit management will be highlighted including: board turnover, advocacy, nonprofit life cycle, collaboration and long-term vision.
The goal of the session is to guide volunteer leaders through a reflective discussion on affiliate chapter wellness and viability. The objectives include:
- Identifying turning points for RI that have resulted in improved outcomes
- Identify internal factors for RI
- Identify external factors for RI
- Identify choices of allyship and their impact on the community
Session 3: “Guided SWOT Analysis for Affiliate Chapter Leaders”
Hayley Baccaire, NICDanielle Loughlin, LICSW
Affiliate chapter leaders will be guided through an organizational Strengths Weakness Opportunities and Threats analysis. Leaders will draft their own SWOT analysis of their affiliate chapter and be able to reteach the concept to their local membership.
The goal of the workshop is for participants to learn the characteristics of a SWOT analysis and create a rough SWOT for their AC. The objectives include:
- Describe the characteristics of a SWOT analysis
- Analyze their own AC via a SWOT analysis
- Develop a strategy to reteach the SWOT analysis process with their local AC leadership.
Session 4: “Values and Vision for AC Leadership”
Jonathan Webb, CI and CT, NIC Advanced
Affiliate Chapter leaders will learn about values and visions and their impact on the sustainability of an AC. Leaders will explore board dynamics, decision making and collaboration based on sound values and vision.
The goal of the workshop is for participants to understand how values and vision impact the sustainability of an affiliate chapter. The objectives include:
- Define values and vision
- Relate board dynamics to decision making process
- Describe how establishing values and vision create a stronger relationship as an ally
- Predict how values and vision can be leveraged while proactively working in communities
- Distinguish how an AC’s values are different than that of the community it serves
Session 5: “Setting SMART goals for AC Chapters”
Jonathan Webb, CI and CT, NIC Advanced
Affiliate chapter leaders will learn about SMART goals in order to strengthen future of their local chapter. Participants will create SMART goals based on their SWOT analysis and will be equipped to bring these concepts back to their local chapter for facilitate a similar discussion with membership.
The goal of the workshop is teach and apply SMART goal design in order to support AC leadership. The objectives include:
- Label the characteristics of a SMART goal for an organization
- Analyze their AC’s SWOT analysis to craft an appropriate SMART goal
- Summarize and develop trends in order to network leaders with similar goals
- Recommend opportunities for further support from RID HQ for affiliate chapters to achieve these goals
Our goal is that these exercises give leadership tangible action items to take home and start local discussions on improving their community, AC and industry norms. The additional benefit is that incoming board leadership would have access to AC’s SWOTs and goals. They would also be developing peer relationships with other AC leaders that can provide support and collaboration opportunities down the road.
Danielle Loughlin, Hayley Baccaire, Jonathan Webb, Sonja Smith