University of Vermont

Building Capacity

Leading Through Change: Webinars

In this series:

  1. Begin by Sculpting the Learning Organization
  2. Supporting the Change Journey
  3. Navigating Vermont's New Health Care Coverage
NOTE: Webinars are conducted via Blackboard Collaborate. If you have Internet access and can hear sound through your computer, you should be able to participate regardless of the type of computer or operating system you use. A broadband connection is helpful but not required.

To participate, click on the title of the webinar (once it is available) to link to it. If this is the first time you're participating in a webinar using the Blackboard Collaborate platform, please visit the link to your webinar a day or two in advance so that you can pre-configure your computer. For more information or if you require accommodations to participate in a webinar, please contact Ellen Rowe at 802-751-8307 ext. 360. Requests for accommodations should be made at least seven days prior to any respective webinar.

Check out related resources in our Tools & Resources section.

Begin by Sculpting the Learning Organization

Tuesday, December 6, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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By most estimates, really successful organizational changes occur less than 20 percent of the time. More often the experience can be described this way, we fail, find someone or something to blame, and start all over again. Much has been written about leadership strategies to guide organizations through change intended to achieve results through modification of other people's behaviors or routines. Organizations realize that they will not survive if they do not change. Several forces are causing organizations to face this reality including the changing nature of work, changes in the workforce and changes in how people learn. Watkins and Marsick (1993) in their book Sculpting the Learning Organization: Lessons in the Art and Science of Systematic Change gives form and structure to the concept that Senge (1990) identified as the learning organization. "The learning organization is one that learns continuously and transforms itself. Learning takes place in individuals, teams and the organization, and even the communities with which the organization interacts. Learning results in changes in knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors. It also enhances organizational capacity for innovation and growth." In this webinar we will lay out the six action imperatives described by Watkins and Marsick (1992) for creation of a learning organization.

Our Presenter:
Ellen Rowe is a Community and Leadership Development Specialist with UVM Extension. This webinar is part of the University of Vermont Extension Service's Building Capacity series. The mission of this project is to provide education and technical assistance to build leadership for the nonprofit sector as well as small associations, boards, committees and commissions.

This webinar is part of University of Vermont Extension's Building Capacity series. The mission of this project is to provide education and technical assistance to build leadership for the nonprofit sector as well as small associations, boards, committees and commissions.


Supporting the Change Journey

Tuesday, April 2, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

session recording

Change is ever present and ever accelerating. It places demands on organizations and subunits within organizations that require significant departures from people's current routines and behaviors. The success of a change initiative depends upon the support of those affected. Not all those affected may see the change as something positive. Garnering their support is a challenge. How do you bring along those that shy from change and much prefer the status quo? How do you support the change journey in your organization or nonprofit? In this webinar we are going to take a practical approach with some tools that will help you bring focus to the change initiative and support the change journey.

Our Presenter:
Ellen Rowe is a UVM Extension Community and Leadership Development Specialist. Organizational learning and organizational change are interests of her study and teaching. Ellen teaches Leading through Change online through UVM Continuing Education in the spring semester as well as Leadership in Practice during fall semesters. She has over 30 years of experience facilitating dialogue and decision making within groups.

This webinar is part of University of Vermont Extension's Building Capacity series. The mission of this project is to provide education and technical assistance to build leadership for the nonprofit sector as well as small associations, boards, committees and commissions.

Navigating Vermont's New Health Care Coverage

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

session recording

In October 2013, Vermont's new Health Insurance Marketplace will open to the public. The Marketplace is where individuals will be able to compare health care insurance options to find the best coverage for themselves, their families and their small business employees. What is the marketplace? Where is it located? How do you use it to enroll for health insurance coverage? What does it all mean for individuals, families and small businesses across Vermont? This Webinar will answer these and other questions and will provide resources to help you understand and navigate the choices you will have for Vermont's new system of health care insurance coverage.

Our Presenter:
Karen E. Geraghty is a UVM Extension Outreach Professional for the Rural Community Development Initiative in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Her work in community development is informed by her background in health care as a clinical medical ethicist. She has recently completed the UVM program in Healthcare Management and is currently enrolled in the UVM program in Public Health.

This webinar is part of University of Vermont Extension's Building Capacity series. The mission of this project is to provide education and technical assistance to build leadership for the nonprofit sector as well as small associations, boards, committees and commissions.

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