Convergence Leadership Institute
October 2014 marked the inauguration of the first Convergence Leadership Institute (CLI). The CLI is a team-based, action-oriented training and development program that aims to strengthen the capacity, leadership and engagement of the national Convergence Network to promote policies and practices that advances equity and Healthy People, Healthy Places.
The overarching goals of the CLI are to:
- Strengthen the advocacy capacity and leadership of participants to advance equitable policy change
- Increase engagement of the Network in local and regional policy advocacy efforts, as well as those initiated by the national Partnership.
Held in Minneapolis in October 2014, the CLI differed from previous convenings in that it exclusively focused on leadership development, group collaboration and commitment, and strengthening analytical and strategic skills to support and engage in policy advocacy and grantmaking efforts that promote equity and health. The 2014 CLI program concentrated on (1) how philanthropy can specifically deliver on racial equity; and (2) increasing the engagement and capacity of the network in local and regional equitable policy advocacy and change.
Over 50 foundation leaders, board members, and nonprofit partners and advisors representing regional Convergence partnerships andInnovation Fund sites participated in the CLI. As part of the CLI, the teams were provided time to develop up to three specific actions they would commit to fulfilling upon returning home. Commitments ranged from conducting assessment of grantees’ staff/board racial and ethnic composition to presenting racial equity data to board, conducting equity/racial bias trainings for program staff, and developing grantmaking principles to use in assessing applications from a racial equity lens.