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 virtual trainings will provide you with…
To foster deep learning within an online setting, the Virtual Art of Leadership blends various modalities to allow you to engage with your own inner wisdom, the material, and with other leaders. In addition, we offer two formats so you can find a training that works best for your schedule. Both formats include 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 VAOL 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 5-Day VAOLs on Eastern Standard Time, Central Time, and Pacific Standard Time. You can download a detailed agenda for those formats below:
The 6-week VAOL will involve 4-6 hours of time commitment weekly, 3 hours of which will be on Zoom for live facilitation and discussion plus 2 hours of asynchronous work. Some weeks will include self-scheduled pair/trio/small group work outside of the live discussion.
Week 1: Community Building, Power, and Purpose
- Mon: Meet & Greet + 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
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
Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the Virtual Art of Leadership is the only version of the Art of Leadership training Rockwood is offering at this time. We continue to make programmatic decisions that meet the needs of our community and are in accordance with up-to-date safety and health guidelines so that we can offer on-site trainings as soon as it’s safe to do so.
- Stable internet connection
- Computer (preferred), and/or supported tablet or mobile device
- Microphone and headset
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.
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 email@example.com if you are able to invest in and cultivate our collective interdependence.