Council attendees heard from Tanya Clay House, the Senior Program Officer for the State Infrastructure Fund. Tanya provided an overview of the current democracy space and some of the threats to it. She provided an “outside in” perspective on our power as an organization, and gave advice to League leaders about how to amplify that power as we approach our 100th anniversary.
State leaders got a sneak peek of a digital campaign LWVUS will launch in August 2019 to kick off the 100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters. The 100th Anniversary committee of the national board has worked closely with LWVUS staff and Beaconfire RED, a design and website firm, to build a visibility campaign that celebrates the work of the League through volunteer stories. Prior to launch Leagues will receive a tool kit should they want to participate in this digital campaign. LWVUS will host a webinar later this summer to answer questions and provide direction for the digital campaign.
Power of Culture Change
Eliza Leighton, with The Management Center, provided a session on goal inhibition and on implicit and explicit bias and how they impact the way and ability for organizations to grow. League leaders learned about a useful tool in which to frame their work to help to mitigate bias. Leaders worked in small groups on an exercise to explore the “League way” through the lens of preferences, traditions, and requirements to better understand what might be obstacles to achieving results and furthering the mission impact of the League.
Power of Our Story
League leaders heard from Jeanette Senecal, Senior Director of Mission Impact, about the successful work achieved by the League in the 2018 election cycle and thru the first part of 2019. This included updates on litigation, federal advocacy, and voter education and outreach.
League leaders also received a media training from ReThink Media, a nonprofit that supports communications needs of organizations in the democracy space. Leaders got to self-select three breakout trainings to practice media interviews, learn about expanding relationships with reporters, and strategic communication planning for individual Leagues.