LEADING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES: A Training for Social Justice Leaders


In the face of Covid, the global struggle for Black lives and against racism, and the international rise of fascism, leaders need one another more than ever.  The solutions we need don’t lie in any individual sector, but rather require all of us to come together in ways we never have before.  Current times demand that leaders step out of their individual, organization-focused efforts, and become a true force for positive social change. To sustain change that addresses our planet’s greatest needs, we must make a deep commitment to and investment in relationships amongst leaders tackling the biggest challenges of our time: from creating equitable and profitable organizations, to fighting fascism, climate catastrophe, and wealth inequality, to name just a few.

This October 19-22, WiseBridge is offering Leading in Uncertain Times to help social change leaders:

  • Develop skills for leading in uncertain and polarized times.
  • Build relationships with each other to ensure a strong and vibrant cross-issue, cross-strategy, intersectional social justice movement.
  • Connect with their deepest purpose and align with what is most needed from them to contribute to the movement in this time.
  • Understand and incorporate practices that sustain them over time.

Over the course of 4 days, we will begin building a resilient community of leaders by:

  • Honing our listening skills.
  • Learning how to give and receive feedback.
  • Having effective difficult conversations.
  • Examining power and privilege, and its impact on the work.
  • Spending time together having deep conversations.
  • Learning and applying powerful tools that give us shared language in the work.

The following is an overview of the training

Day 1: From Me to We – Becoming Community

  • Current context of our work
  • The social/emotional impact of leading now, trauma and activism.
  • Community Meeting: Who am i? (Being) Why I said yes to this work?
  • Community Agreements: How we’ll be together
  • Personal Values Mapping
  • Noticing (the activists best friend), Noticing: shared space, divergent space.

Day 2: Why the World Needs US and WE need the World

  • Change as Transformation over Transaction.
  • Power and Privilege: structural mechanisms that elevate some and place others in positions of distress.
  • Expressing your Purpose: How we share it is as important as Why we do it
  • Listening, Feedback, and Difficult Conversations.

Day 3: Collaboration and Movement Building

  • Values underlying the WORK: Understanding and elevating a community values frame in movement building.
  • Relationship Building for Social Impact: cultivating and stewarding relationships, reciprocity, and shared ownership for transformation.
  • Collaboration or Coordination?: Moving to sustained engagement from involvement; Embodying shared values at the community level.
  • Celebrating Community – Party

Day 4: Radical Self Care + Leading for the Long Term

  • Courage and Compassion: living your expressed values, compassion fatigue, self compassion; what does it mean to change how we are in the world?
  • Generosity: the meaning, roots, and science of generosity; the practice of generosity as a tool for healing.
  • Resilience: dropping the notion of suffering as the normative way of being a change-maker
  • Excellence and Effectiveness: Exploring simplicity as excellence, and effectiveness as sustained impact


WiseBridge principal Maritza Schafer  will be your trainer for Leading in Uncertain Times.

WiseBridge is a Consulting, Training and Coaching company committed to creating a world where people and planet thrive.



Maritza is a seasoned changemaker with global experience in transformational work. A bilingual (Spanish) and multicultural communicator and strategist, she is a recognized leader in the social justice sector for her work on human rights, environmental issues, racial justice, women’s rights, and transpersonal growth. She has worked with corporations and non-profit organizations, most recently as Global Campaign Leader for Oceans at Greenpeace International.