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OCCUR, SF Foundation FAITHS Program Presents Panel Discussion on Leadership in Difficult Times




Gloria Crowell, top left; Macheo Payne, Ed.D.; top right; Jenny Hicks, bottom left; Shomari Carter, bottom right.

These are challenging times for the best of us, but the difficulties fall heavily on leaders. Whether they are leaders of nations, states or cities, large corporations or county health departments, nothing has prepared them for today’s circumstances.

Mistakes have been and will be made.  Do we want to continue to hold these leaders in high esteem? Or do we need to demand more from our leaders? Do we need to demand more from ourselves?

“If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!” – Proverbs 24:10

People believe this situation is solely upon the shoulders of leaders. But they are not the only ones who hold influence over others. Leaders cannot ignore challenges if they wish to realize a vision. Learning from failure contributes to personal and professional growth.

The most well-known leaders and innovators are those who did not falter in difficult times, but instead dug in deeper and continued down the path despite the cost. The question leaders should ask themselves is, what or who is impacted by their neglect? The short answer is the people they serve.

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell

On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. the FAITHS Program “A Model Built on Faith” (AMBOF) will hold a workshop and panel on “What Leaders Need to Know to Survive and Thrive.”

The webinar will explore how faith-based and nonprofit leaders can survive and thrive during times of uncertainty.

The first part of the workshop will provide participants with tools and strategies to address challenges that may impact their organization’s survival. The second half of the workshop will be a panel discussion with three non-profit and faith-based leaders. They will answer questions related to their experience leading organizations and how they have overcome moments of uncertainty. The panel will be moderated by Shomari Carter, executive director of OCCUR.

“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” Proverbs 11:14

The following individuals are guest panelists.

Jenny Hicks, co-creator and founder of JVH Empower Consulting Firm, is a qualified community organizer and facilitator. She guided and scaled HousED, an initiative of Partnership for Children and Youth (PCY) from its inception to a nationally recognized effort that is positively impacting youth living in affordable and public housing across California and beyond. Since 2011, Hicks has built the skills of more than 1,000 housing staff who serve more than 250,000 children across the United States.

Gloria Crowell serves as the executive director of the Allen Temple Health and Social Services Ministry located at Allen Temple Baptist Church, an anchor institution serving the community of East Oakland. Crowell also serves as a commissioner with the Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless Commission. Her current daily work includes providing oversight to local HIV/AIDS Education, Prevention and Testing programs, daily hot meals for persons living with HIV and a warrior in the fight against injustice for all and providing oversight for Anger Management classes.

Dr. Macheo Payne, Ed.D., is a social worker and educator with more than 25 years experience working in Oakland and the Bay Area. Payne is an experienced organizational leader, most notably as the executive director of the Oakland Freedom Schools (including Sweeney Freedom Schools) for nine years as well as a senior director at Lincoln Families for 10 years. He has also been a professor on the faculty of the MSW department at California State University –East Bay for seven years. Payne’s passion and expertise is in designing systems change that supports culture and identity of families, taking into account the environment, context and other social determinants of health, wealth and opportunity.

To view this free webinar on October 22  from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., please  RSVP by visiting our website, email or by calling OCCUR at (510) 839-2440. The training is recommended for seasoned as well as new nonprofit leaders.

Shawn Johnson is the principal for Leadership for Nonprofit and Community Development LLC in Oakland.






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