The Virtual Art of Leadership

Transform yourself and your leadership wherever you are

Unlock Joyous and Effective Leadership, at Your Own pace

For 20 years, Rockwood has provided transformative leadership development training to over 7,000 social change leaders and activists all over the world. Now, we’ve adapted and updated that curriculum to allow you to experience “Rockwood magic” online.

Based on the Art of Leadership, this 6-week course combines self-paced reading and reflection, live facilitated discussions, and small group interaction to help you explore and expand your capacity to inspire and align others.

Over the 6 weeks, you’ll gain…

Concrete Skills

Learn and practice key skills, like having difficult conversations, dealing with stress and challenging emotions, partnering with others across issue areas, and planning for large and small projects

Space to Slow Down

Allow yourself to be completely present and focused on connecting with yourself and your work, while in a caring, supportive community.

Supportive Community

You are not alone. Connect deeply with people in your movement, in other issue areas, even outside of the nonprofit sector, and leave with a new definition of community.

Training Details

To foster deep learning within an online setting, the Virtual Art of Leadership blends different modalities to allow participants to engage with their own inner wisdom, the material, and with each other.

Each week, participants will have 2 hours of live facilitation via Zoom, self-paced work like personal journaling/reflection and solo reading, discussion forum participation, and pair/small group work to connect and build community with those in your cohort.

Course Overview

Week 1: Community Building, Power, and Purpose​

  • Mon: Tech Orientation​
  • Wed: Zoom Call 1 – Community Building and Power​
  • Fri: Zoom Call 2 – Purpose​

Week 2: Personal Ecology​

Week 3: Partnership Part 1 and Performance​

Week 4: Resilience​

Week 5: Personal Ecology​

Week 6: Partnership Part 2, Leading Forward, and Closing

*To learn in more detail about the overview and times of the live sessions, you can download the participant agenda here.

What People Say About The Art Of Leadership

Rockwood re-grounded me in why I do this work and HOW I want to be doing it, even in times of unprecedented external urgency.

Regina ClementeMovement Voter Project

Rockwood created a safe space to dream about what it would look like if I was fully committed to my own well being and for that I am beyond grateful.

Alison CorwinLife Coach

The Art of Leadership is the most valuable professional training in which I've participated. It strikes the right balance of focus on the personal and professional in service to creating a more just planet.

Carmen Lopez-WilsonThornburg Foundation

Life changing, real and effective. This is more than a training, this is an experience that so many people within leadership positions are unable to access due to the overall demand of their jobs.

Leah Angel DanielOpen Buffalo

I’m convinced that these are the leadership skills that are needed to lead us to more powerful and interconnected movements for social justice.

Ellen LiuMs. Foundation for Women

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect over the 6 weeks?

The 6 week training will involve 4-6 hours of time commitment weekly, 2 hours of which will be on Zoom for live facilitation and discussion plus 2 hours of asynchronous work (such as personal journaling/reflections, solo reading, discussion forum, worksheets/assignments). Some weeks will include self-scheduled pair/trio/small group work outside of the live discussion.

Will the Virtual Art of Leadership be taking the place of Art of Leadership (on-site)?

The originally listed June 15-19th Art of Leadership in Sonoma, CA has been shifted to the Virtual Art of Leadership. The Virtual Art of Leadership is a guaranteed training Rockwood can provide at this time. All future on-site trainings, however, for 2020 may be subject to cancellation and/or changes as we continue to make programmatic decisions that meet the needs of our community and is in accordance to up-to-date safety and health guidelines.

Is the June 15th - July 24th Virtual Art of Leadership community-specific (i.e. for Leaders of Color; for Women and Gender-Nonconforming Leaders of Color)?

The June 15th-July 24th Virtual Art of Leadership is a “standard” offering. Cohort selections are influenced by Rockwood’s commitment to race equity and creating a diverse learning community. Rockwood may offer a Virtual Art of Leadership that is community-specific in the future.

What are the tech requirements to participate?

  • Stable internet connection
  • Computer (preferred), and/or supported tablet or mobile device
  • Microphone and headset
  • Webcam

Will live sessions be recorded?

Our hope is that all participants will attend live; however, we understand that life happens. While live sessions will not be recorded for the confidentiality of our participants, participants who are unable to attend any live portion may schedule office hours with one of our trainers to review what was missed.


Rockwood uses a sliding scale structure to ensure that leaders facing disproportionate and compounded devastation in this pandemic—specifically Black, Indigenous, Latinx, API/A, low-income, undocumented, disabled, LGBQTI+, and rural-based communities—can tap into their full power and resilience.





All for-profit companies, foundations with assets over $10 million, AND nonprofits with budgets over $10 million

Foundations with assets less than $10 million, AND nonprofits with budgets between $4 million and $9,999,999

Nonprofits with budgets between $1 million and $3,999,999, government, and unaffiliated individuals

Nonprofits with budgets under $999,999

If you are able, we invite you to donate back to Rockwood the price difference between the on-site and virtual training to redistribute resources and make Rockwood accessible to all leaders. Please email if you are able to invest in and cultivate our collective interdependence.

Ready to start your
leadership journey?

If you need support in deciding if this is the best fit for you, or have any questions, please contact us at (510) 251-2500 ext. 129, or