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LEADS - GFWC Leadership Education and Development Seminar

The Leadership Education and Development Seminar, LEADS program, is intended to identify GFWC up-and-coming leaders with demonstrated potential to serve GFWC beyond club level.  Held the day before the official opening of GFWC Convention, LEADS is a full day, including breakfast and lunch.  The seminar consists of presentations on topics such as:  GFWC History; Our Headquarters; What We Do; Organizational Governance; Review of Available Resources; Officer Duties; Conducting a Meeting; Parliamentary Procedure; Protocol; Mentoring; Conflict Resolution; Public Speaking; Time Management and more.


LEADS is designed for those beginning their leadership journey, so it is most beneficial for members with club level leadership experience. Before applying, consider these expectations for candidates:


                Attend GFWC Convention
        Share the experience with your state upon request
        Cover expenses above stipends provided
        Make travel and lodging arrangements to attend


 
Application and Selection Process

The state federation selects one LEADS attendee annually. GFWC provides state federations with guidelines and forms to help them in selecting LEADS candidates and using LEADS graduates to enhance state leadership.

GFWC will cover a portion of the attendees' expenses, including:


        Stipend of $250 for travel
        Lodging allowance of half of the double room rate for two nights at the Convention hotel
        Breakfast and lunch during the LEADS program
        Checks will be distributed to candidates upon attendance and completion of the seminar


 Leads Content and Presentations

LEADS may include the following:


        Presentations on conflict resolution, public speaking skills, and time management
        Discussions on GFWC policies, procedures, and parliamentary law
        Explanation of GFWC resources, materials, and assistance
        Tips and techniques for pursing leadership opportunities



Criteria for LEADS Participation

It is highly recommended that each State Federation LEADS candidate meet the following criteria:


        Demonstrates leadership capabilities at the club level as an active club president, club officer, or project or committee chairman
        Exhibits a commitment to the Federation
        Exhibits an understanding of the GFWC mission of community service, illustrated by programs and projects in which she is or has been involved
        Demonstrates leadership skills, including, but not limited to, organization, responsibility, trustworthiness, enthusiasm, and flexibility
        Exhibits an interest in and willingness to purse higher leadership positions in GFWC
        Agree to share information gained from participation in LEADS with others in the state federation
        Understands and accepts potential involved in participation
        Has not held elected at or beyond state level (this criterion is recommended in order to encourage potential leaders at the club level to apply)
        Has not attended a previous LEADS program
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