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Program Staff Learning Network Workshop: Framing & Initiating Difficult Conversations

November 15th, 2021
1:30PM to 3:30PM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Grantmaker, Philanthropic Advisor
Event type:
Network Meeting
Member fee:
Base fee:

An early 2021 survey of the Program Staff Learning Network showed great interest in the topic of framing and initiating difficult conversations. We are pleased to offer a 2-hour long, interactive work-shop with a skilled facilitator familiar with the philanthropy sector, Sheri Gurock.

Program staff must prepare for, and initiate, difficult conversations of all kinds in their roles. These are influenced by interpersonal dynamics, perceived power differentials, race, and gender, among other factors. The workshop will include skill building and hands on exercises.  This event is intended for people who fit the criteria of the Network (see below).  Participation will be capped at 25 to accommodate interactive learning. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Sheri Gurock is a trained facilitator and coach with over 18 years of experience in management, business development, brand development and change work. She is co-founder of Magic Beans and the Executive Director of the Beker Foundation, a Boston-area family foundation. Sheri participates in the Social Justice Funder’s White Allies Affinity Group.

*We will be hosting a special "Office Hours" follow-up session with Sheri on December 2nd from 1pm-2pm for participants.  More details to come.*

About the Learning Network:

The Learning Network convenes mid to senior level program staff who share elements of a common program staff job description but work across issue areas and types of funding institutions. The purpose of the Learning Network is to create an ongoing, safe space for mid to senior level program staff to learn together, furthering their professional development alongside their peers.

To participate in the Learning Network you must meet the following two criteria:

  1. Have worked in a professional setting for at least 10 years.
  2. Currently situated in philanthropy at a foundation or grantmaking program as mid to senior level program staff
Registration type: 
Normal registration

Zoom Instructions

Zoom information: Zoom information for the program will be sent out to all registrants one week before AND in the afternoon of the business day before the session is scheduled to take place.  Please reach out to info@philanthropyma.org if you believe you are registered for this program and do not receive the link.

Registration & Program Follow-up Materials: Registration for the program will be closed at 2pm EST on the day before the program is scheduled to take place.  If you register after this point, you will be added to the waitlist and will be able to receive the program recording as well as all follow-up materials from the session.  For fee-based Nonprofit Partner programs, you can request these materials for a discounted rate.  Please note that it may take up to a week to prepare and disseminate those materials to all registrants.

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