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The Art of Leadership Online

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, these virtual trainings combine 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.

Rockwood’s online trainings will provide you with…

Concrete Learnings

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.

Affinity-Based Trainings

Experience the Art of Leadership Online with leaders in Affinity-Based spaces:

Women and Femmes of Color

For women* leaders of color engaged in racial justice issue areas like reproductive justice, education, immigrant rights, environmental justice, and indigenous communities.


Leaders of Color

For leaders of color committed to racial justice and/or have a racial justice framework in their work, advocacy, philanthropy, or organizing.


* trans, cis, and gender-nonconforming women, and nonbinary individuals.

Training Details

To foster deep learning within an online setting, the Art of Leadership Online blends various modalities to allow you to engage with your own inner wisdom, the material, and with other leaders. This training includes 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.

The 5-day Art of Leadership Online takes place over the course of a single week. Each day includes a 2-hour live Zoom session, a 1-hour break, and a 2.5-hour live Zoom session.

Currently, we have the Art of Leadership Online on Eastern Standard Time, Central Time, Mountain Time, and Pacific Standard Time.

What People Say About The Art Of Leadership

My experience with the Rockwood Art of Leadership Institute was nothing short of amazing. I have built a community with my fellow participants; the feedback, questions, and insights from this community have given me a space to build from as I grow into a more intentional and impactful leader. I expected to grow as an individual, but I am also leaving feeling more connected to others and seeing the power within all of us.

Cecily Nelson-AlfordUC Davis Women's Resources and Research Center

The Virtual Art of Leadership provided me with concepts, information, and tools to clarify my purpose and vision... so I can operate from power that I have. I was also enriched by connecting with so many strong and wise people working on important challenges.

Christine FletcherThe Inner Activist

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

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 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.





Redistribution Rate

For organizations with annual budgets over $10 million

For foundations with assets over $10 million

Sustainability Rate

For organizations with annual budgets between $4 – 9.9 million

For foundations with assets  under $9.9 million

Base Rate

For organizations with annual budgets between $1- 3.9 million

For individuals sponsoring themselves or unaffiliated with an organization

Solidarity Rate

For organizations with annual budgets  under $999,000

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

Rockwood Community Call

Kris Mereigh,  MPH, CWP.

public health and wellness strategist

June 27 | 12 PT / 3 ET