Cohort members meet their fellow participants, presenters and members of the Out In Front Board of Directors. An overview of the next 8 months and an opportunity to ask questions is provided.
Participants discuss what it means to be a leader, discover their core values, leadership and communications styles and understand how local LGBTQ history informs the decisions of tomorrow. The cohort considers the concept of servant leadership and what motivates people to lead. The retreat also includes opportunities for cohort team-building and networking.
Community Organizing and Community Involvement
Participants will learn how social movements and their related organizations are structured, run, and evolve over time. Participants will explore how their own styles of leadership can contribute to organizations and entire social movements, as well as how community resources can be obtained and managed responsibly.
Clear and effective communication – whether doing public speaking, maintaining social media, or just sending an email – is crucial for effective and productive leadership. In addition to learning tools for improving communication, this day will also include presentations by local leaders who actively use communication to create change.
LGBTQIA Diversity Retreat
A powerful and challenging two-day retreat brings a broad spectrum of presenters, panels, group discussions and activities to the issues of LGBTQ diversity. The cohort discusses how various identities impact our interactions and why understanding the diversity within the LGBTQ community—and the need for the inclusion of multiple voices and perspectives—is essential to effective leadership.
The only weekday session, the cohort spends the day at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia during the legislative session. Participants gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative process and the tools and skills needed for interacting with government. The cohort learns how to lobby legislators and gets hands on practice through legislative visits with LGBTQ elected officials and staff.
Your Sustainable Future
This day focuses on the tools and approaches for identifying longer-term goals and learning strategies for achieving those while avoiding personal or professional burnout.