Leadership Council San Mateo County

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Letter from the Co-Presidents

Dear Leadership Council SMC Community,

Happy Spring! Our Emerging Leaders and Leadership CORPS classes are hitting their stride with just a little over two months until graduation. Their focus this month on Healthy Communities and the resources available in San Mateo County reminds us to prioritize good health and to do what we can to help ensure access to care for everyone in our community.

Applications have started to come in for the Class of 2025 for our Emerging Leaders and Leadership CORPS Programs! We are hosting the first of three virtual Information Sessions on Tuesday, March 26, 12 noon - 1:00 p.m with two additional Information Sessions in April. We are also accepting nominations using this Nomination Form, Thank you for helping us spread the word that now is the time to apply. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

We are meeting our goal to bring leadership professional development to our community at low or no cost. In February we hosted “Leadership Lab: Talents to Strengths,” an innovative, two-part workshop where participants explored their unique leadership strengths in the context of their leadership role. Earlier this month we hosted “Conversation Strategies for Challenging Times,” a virtual lunchtime program that helped participants build skills to navigate challenging conversations. Both of these Leadership Council Learning events were open to anyone who lived and/or worked in San Mateo County, and offered our community access to affordable and impactful training led by expert coaches.

On April 26 and 27, we will host “When Everyone Leads,” a leadership development workshop designed for elected leaders. We are excited to bring this innovative program to our County. Invitations have been sent and the registration deadline is April 5, 2024. More information is below.

We are thankful to our Alumni Advisory Council for their work planning opportunities for our program graduates to connect and have impact. Last month the Council’s Fundraising Committee launched the Future Leaders Fund that will help ensure the accessibility of our programs. We are grateful for the Council's initiative and generosity.

Leading together,

Kaarin Hardy and Margi Power

Leadership Council SMC Co-Presidents

Emerging Leaders and Leadership CORPS

Applications Open for the Class of 2025

Calling All Leaders in San Mateo County

We are now accepting applications for our Leadership Immersion Programs Class of 2025!

Our programs are transformative professional development:

Which Program Is Right for You?

Come to a one-hour, virtual Information Session and find out! Learn the details from members of the Leadership Council SMC team, hear from alumni about their experiences, and get your questions answered. Register below for your preferred Info Session date.

Info Session: March 26, 12 noon - 1 pm
Info Session: April 10, 6 - 7 pm
Info Session: April 24, 8 - 9 am

Program Information on Our Website

Our website has easy-to-read information about our Leadership Immersion Programs. You'll find program content, goals, topics covered, and the Learning Day calendar for 2024 - 2025. Our Events and News pages provide insights into the Leadership Council SMC experience.

Nominate Someone to the Class of 2025

If you know someone who you think would benefit from our programs, please use this Nomination Form to tell us. A member of the Leadership Council SMC team will reach out to your nominee to let them know they've been nominated and to share program and application information with them.

Application Deadline is Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Upcoming Events

"When Everyone Leads"

April 26 and 27, 2024

Professional Development for Elected Leaders*

We are excited to bring this innovative leadership training to our County!

Part I: In Person (Both Friday and Saturday sessions are required.)

San Mateo Library

  • Friday, April 26, 2024, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., with Happy Hour following
  • Saturday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Part II: Virtual - Two follow-up coaching sessions will help participants apply their learning. (Session will be scheduled with input from program attendees.)

Training is based upon the best-selling book When Everyone Leads and facilitated by KLC, experts in public sector leadership development. Participants will receive a copy of the book upon registration.

Registration is open and closes on April 5, 2024. Email [email protected] with questions or for information about scholarships.

* Invitation-only event for those elected to city/county councils.

Register for "When Everyone Leads"

LeadingBetter Summit

May 22, 2024

2024 LeadingBetter Summit

Leadership Council SMC is partnering with Leadership Louisville Center to offer our community virtual attendance to the 2024 Leading Better Summit at a discounted rate. The event will feature national and global thought leaders, including:

  • Daniel Roth, LinkedIn VP & Editor-in-Chief
  • Shanterra McBride & Rosalind Wiseman, of "Mean Girls" fame, co-authors of Courageous Discomfort
  • Matt Abrahams, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Host of Think Fast, Talk Smart Podcast

Date & Time: May 22, 2024, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Tickets: The discounted, virtual ticket price for the Leadership Council SMC Community is $95 when you register using the code SMC200, a discount of $200. (Leadership Council SMC will earn a portion of each ticket purchased using this code.)

Additional speakers continue to be added to the program. Please check 2024 LeadingBetter Summit for the most up-to-date information.

Register for 2024 LeadingBetter Summit

Community Connections

Professional Development for SMC

Leadership Lab: Talents to Strengths

This two-part, interactive experience was both professionally rewarding and fun for attendees. Participants completed collaborative and thought-provoking exercises, and peer-to-peer coaching took them to new levels of appreciation about their personal strengths and how to use them.

More on Our News Page

Conversation Strategies for Challenging Times

At this virtual lunchtime program, participants explored the circumstances and context that make some conversations challenging, and learned valuable and creative strategies to navigate them. They practiced their new skills in small-group breakout sessions.

More on Our News Page

Thank You!

Thank You for Supporting Leadership Council SMC!

Thank you to the Fundraising Committee of the Alumni Advisory Council for their creation of the Future Leaders Fund which will help ensure that others can benefit from the powerful, immersive, experiences of the Emerging Leaders Program and Leadership CORPS.

We thank our Sponsors and Donors whose financial contribution make it possible for us to focus on offering high quality programs that help leaders to accelerate their impact. We are grateful to the many board members, council members, and volunteers who give generously in support of our mission and vision. We appreciate you!

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