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Preparing for the Future of Work

Helping the workforce field get Californians back to work.

Workforce Leadership Network

To successfully manage and lead change in our current landscape — and prepare vulnerable workers for the future of work — the workforce field needs skillful and collaborative leaders who can keep pace with rapid change and promote solutions based problem-solving. Coro California’s Workforce Leadership Network aims to develop a resilient network of leaders who can communicate effectively across organizations, seize opportunities for bold action and collaborations, and foster relationships and mutual understanding among varied stakeholders.

The Workforce Leadership Network will support participants in choosing bold action in service of:

  • Improved systems thinking to support accelerated professional growth, employment opportunities, and economic mobility for job seekers.
  • Creating increased opportunities for jobs in which employees can support themselves and their families, have access to benefits, and are provided safe working conditions.

The model includes:

  • Two Regional Cohorts for Focused Learning: one in Northern California and one in Southern California (comprised of 20-24 people each). 
  • Learning Sessions: Build leadership skills in a team setting with a focus on creating a shared understanding about exercising leadership within organizations, among people, and across systems. Learning topics include: adaptive vs. technical leadership, collaborative decision making, stakeholder mapping, mutual gains negotiations, leveraging individual and team strengths, and more.
  • Leader Interviews: Participants interview workforce leaders and elected officials to establish relationships and understanding.
  • Group Project: At the end of the program, participants will identify a challenge within the workforce field and propose, design, and test a solution for moving forward within organizations and across the network.
  • Enhanced capacity of leaders in the workforce development field to act from a systems perspective, using individual tools and skills grounded in a leadership framework. 
  • Build a trusted network strong enough to transcend boundaries and differences.
  • Develop leaders who have the courage to challenge the status quo and work collaboratively across sectors to achieve results.
  • Seed long-term relationships to shift workforce development practice, and contribute to the transformation of the sustainable job creation in California.

The Workforce Leadership Network is tailored to professionals in the field of workforce development who:

  • Focus on supporting low- and moderate-income job seekers.
  • Actively seek to influence outcomes.
  • Perceive themselves as a catalyst for change and hold a desire to engage with similarly-minded, catalyzing professionals.
  • Hold an interest in developing new leadership competencies.
  • Are based in Contra Costa County or Alameda County (to participate in the Northern California cohort).
  • Are based in LA County with an emphasis on South LA, East LA, Southeast LA, and the Valley (to participate in the Southern California cohort).
  • We encourage applications from leaders in community-based organizations, community colleges and career and technical education institutions, government agencies, foundations, unions, and public libraries, among other institutions. 

There is no cost to participants. This pilot program is supported by a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Coro Northern California

Coro Southern California

JPMorgan Chase Foundation


Stay tuned for updates about application deadlines. Fill out our interest form to receive an update when applications are open.

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Masharika Prejean Maddison

Senior Trainer