The New Network Leader
Two-part SSIR Live! webinar series


In the world of complex, multi-stakeholder problem-solving, approaches like collective impact offer useful structures, but alone, they are insufficient for achieving transformational change. Likewise, social entrepreneurs—despite often-heroic efforts—often struggle to achieve large-scale, sustainable change as they build and grow their own organizations.

At the heart of large-scale solutions to social problems are some of the most accomplished leaders you’ve never heard of: network leaders. Network leaders actively catalyze networks (or organizations that function like networks), leading to an exponential increase in growth and scale beyond what their own organization could accomplish. These leaders don’t use a single approach, employ a single tool, or operate alone. As they expand and evolve their networks, they make sure that their own power fades and the capacity of others grows.

In this two-part webinar series, Jane Wei-Skillern, adjunct associate professor at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and David Sawyer and David Ehrlichman, partners at Converge For Impact, will present key principles and practical tools necessary to cultivate a network entrepreneur’s approach to leadership in your organization. In the first webinar, Wei-Skillern will expound on the four principles of effective network leadership and will examine the mindset shift that leaders must undergo to tackle problems within networks. In the second webinar, Sawyer and Ehrlichman will offer a roadmap for organizational and network leaders to enact these principles in their everyday practices, with practical techniques for how to catalyze effective, generous collaboration across teams, organizations, and networks.

Price for both webinars: $89. This price includes access to the live webinars; unlimited access to the webinars as many times as you’d like for twelve months at your convenience; and downloadable slides. 


The Network Leader Mindset

Part One of Two

Presented by Jane Wei-Skillern, Marty Kooistra, & Jean Horstman

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon PST, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Why do seemingly selfless nonprofit organizations have such a hard time working together? To harness the tremendous potential of networks, social sector leaders must let go of conventional wisdom and shift their focus from organization-level goals to network-level impact. Targeted at managers and executive leaders, this webinar offers participants lessons on how to build cultures and structures that enable networks to thrive. 

This webinar will:

  • Explain why networks are critical catalysts for change
  • Examine the four principles crucial for network leader success
  • Describe the critical mindset shift that leaders must undergo in order to achieve network-level impact
  • Provide practical lessons that they can apply in their own organizations, sectors, and fields

Learn more about this webinar and speakers here.


The Network Leader Roadmap

Session Two of Two

Presented by David Sawyer, David Ehrlichman, David Haskell, & Curtis Ogden

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon PDT, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

The most daunting social and environmental challenges of our day can’t be solved through individual action, no matter how heroic. What does it really take to catalyze diverse groups of people, within organizations or across sectors, to build trust, take action, and work together to achieve uncommon results?

This webinar is for organizational and network leaders who recognize that real progress requires collaborative approaches involving multiple actors and resources across departments, organizations, and sectors. This webinar is also for leaders seeking new insights into how to build trust, lead authentic conversations, and catalyze generous collaboration across teams, organizations, and networks.

This webinar will:

  • Explain how networks can enable public, private, and social sector leaders to achieve impact with greater agility while utilizing existing resources
  • Provide practical techniques, exercises, and convening designs that enable groups to rapidly build a capacity for finding common ground
  • Introduce paths for identifying shared values and a shared purpose across diverse actors
  • Set forth a clear roadmap for launching and sustaining networks that can drive innovation and impact both within organizations and across systems.

Learn more about this webinar and speakers here.