COVID-19 Non-Profit Leadership Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do business. We didn’t ask for this. Not for sickness, not for social distancing, not for the additional stress. Not for the sudden halt of our collective lives together in our offices, or with our program participants, volunteers, donors and community. No matter whether you work in the for-profit, public service or social profit sectors, we each must respond and adapt to the changes that are occurring all around us. 

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Victor E. Frankl. 

The challenge arises, in that change is and has always been something through which some flourish, and some flounder. During this time, more than ever, we as non-profit leaders need to connect, share our resources and support one another so that there are no services and organizations left behind.

As a part of our response to COVID-19, Leadership Waterloo Region is working with local leadership facilitators to offer a series of free learning sessions to target the “hot topics” that local non-profit leaders are facing.


We have a great line-up of sessions coming up over the next few weeks. Registration for these sessions is now open! We are going to keep hosting sessions for as long as the sector needs us, so keep checking back here for details or follow us on social media for updates on when new registrations open!

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As a reminder, we have limited space for these sessions. We kindly ask that unless otherwise noted, organizations coordinate and register a maximum of three participants. This will ensure that more organizations will have access to this free training. Good news is though, that the sessions will be recorded and will be made available, so you will be able to share them with the rest of your teams! 

Friday, April 3rd | 12:00 - 1:15PM


Happiness during COVID-10 WTF?

With Jim Moss, Chief Happiness Officer at Plasticity Labs

It sounds crazy but it matters more than ever now. This session will highlight three components relevant to employee and leader health and happiness as it pertains to the workplace during covid19. Expect to gain a better understanding of simple concepts that have been taken for granted historically and demonstrate an incredible predictive relationship with health and happiness. 

1)Crash course on the foundations of Culture and how they will show up right now.

2)How does culture impact employee health and happiness during covid19.

3)Putting your own oxygen mask first. Taking care of yourself and your leadership team.


Monday, April 6th | 12:00 - 2:00PM

Asset Based Collaboration

With Diane Wiles, CEO Leadership Waterloo Region, Class of 2002

All of our organizations have assets- talented & specialized staff, programs, volunteers, brand, and community.  In addition, we all have needs.  Now more than ever, all of our assets are stretched, stressed, and working in unchartered territory through uncertainty, and angst to what the future may hold.  Through an introduction to asset based collaboration, your asset maps, and several smaller breakout sessions, you will have the opportunity to discuss with your peers, your current situations and what you bring to the table.  Through this exercise, we will identify opportunities for collaboration, asset sharing, learn best practices, form new partnerships/friendships, and strategies to support the most vulnerable in our community.  

Asset Map Package

Thursday, April 9th | 12:00 - 1:15PM

Governing in Uncertain Times

With Fred Galloway, Executive in Residence at Capacity Canada

Note: This session is designed for Board Leadership  and CEO's.
Please limit your registrations to 3 Board Members plus 1 CEO/ED (total of 4 per organization)

This session will reinforce and develop the vital need to intensify and adapt organizational governance roles, activities, accountabilities and priorities during a crisis period like COVID -19. The session will discuss the need to enhance governance oversight and actions, some of the key risks to be managed, and ensuring information and data is real and appropriate for decision making. Also maintaining  calm and one's focus, what practices may need to be adjusted, how new or different value may be offered to the community as its needs change,and other perspectives will be discussed. The session theme will be presented in  the context of the Board having the ultimate responsibility for the health, reputation and on going sustainability of the organization in the short term and when it emerges into a likely changed post- crisis operating environment.

This session is presented in partnership with:




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