The Leadership Series

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Upcoming Leadership Training

The Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs in conjunction with the Oregon Child & Family Service Council are excited to bring you the following upcoming trainings:

March 23, 2016

Like a Boss: Strategies for Effective Supervision

About the Presenter

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Elizabeth Skidmore

Elizabeth is the CEO of Skidmore and Company, a national consulting and training firm that provides management, workforce and leadership consultation, technical support and professional development services to corporate, nonprofit and government organizations across the United States and Canada.

Prior to forming her own corporation, Ms. Skidmore served as the Executive Director of the Child Welfare Institute and as the Director of Leadership Programs with the Child Welfare League of America.  In these roles, Ms. Skidmore provided consultation and training in leadership development, strategic planning, child welfare, juvenile justice, retention, DISC assessment, supervision and management, performance based contracting, business strategies, system redesign, mergers and alliances, marketing/branding and board development to hundreds of nonprofit agencies, corporations and government agencies in 43 states and 9 Canadian Provinces.

About the Training

When we look in the mirror, what do we see?  Too often, we focus only on identifying, analyzing and correcting our weaknesses, rather that honoring our capabilities and talents.  Unfortunately, many of us have very little sense of our skills and strengths, much less the ability to build our careers around them.  In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to assess their leadership style and abilities as well understand how to best leverage these talents in order to become a more effective leader.

This webinar with focus on the importance of promoting “messy conversations” within your organization.  This will include:

  • How to promote and facilitate messy conversations.
  • How to help and support staff members in these conversations so that they can fully participate.
  • How to use “messy conversations” as opportunities for learning and to promote improvement.

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Have a suggestion for a Leadership training? We’d love to hear from you! Contact Veronica via email at; or 503-399-9076.


Why it Matters

We began producing the Leadership Series for mid-level managers, supervisors, CEOs and board members. The tri-focus of the Leadership Series is to:

  • Address the expected exit of CEO’s in the next five years.
  • Build leadership inside organizations.
  • Achieve diversity and culturally-informed leadership.

It is the goal of the Leadership Series to build leaders through best practices by affordable, one-day quarterly trainings for aspiring leaders.

In 2010, the Alliance membership requested that their Annual Summit focus on building culturally-informed organizations.

In 2011, Concordia University and Trillium Family Services partnered to convene a statewide, three-day immersion in a facilitated scenario planning for Oregon in 2025.

“How can we better prepare ourselves to serve Oregon’s most vulnerable families over the next 15 years?” was the key question considered in the gathering of 37 leaders from Oregon’s business, nonprofit (including the Alliance), education, judicial and human service sectors.

The result of the scenario planning:

Organizations need innovation as their drivers; and they need to invest in leadership development to sustain their organizations and to adapt to changing environments.

In 2012, the Alliance brought The Bridgespan Group, a national nonprofit dedicated to research and support of other nonprofits, to a three-day summit focusing on succession planning and leadership development.

They recognized that human service organizations were missing two critical opportunities:

To build leadership as part of ongoing succession planning; and to build diverse, culturally-informed leadership.

In response to these priorities, the Alliance created the Leadership Series in October 2012.




In 2015 Meyer Memorial Trust partnered with the Oregon Child & Family Services Council to provide funding for these needed trainings!We thank our partners at Meyer Memorial Trust for their support!

Previous Trainings

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Technology, Storytelling & Social Media

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January 19, 2016

Lillian Tsai, Tsai Comm

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September 10, 2015

Dennis Morrow, CEO Janus Youth Programs

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July 19, 2015
Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark, CPA

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February 10, 2015

Q Center – Nash Jones

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December 9, 2014

Jeff Bormaster, L.C.S.W.

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October 7, 2014

Dr. Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh

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June 4, 2014
Cynthia Harris

Dr. Cynthia Harris

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February 25, 2014

Jeff Bormaster, L.C.S.W.

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November 6, 2013

Kim Scott, CEO Trillium Family Services

Communication Drives
April 12, 2012