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Webinar-Talent Bank


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This webinar visual presentation was designed to equip regional organizers for recruiting, identifying and promoting women or other marginalized peoples into leadership in a large protestant denomination.

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Webinar-Talent Bank

  1. 1. 77 West Washington Street, Suite 1009 • Chicago, IL 60602 • 800.456.4900 • •
  2. 2. Binders Full of Women Creating and Utilizing a Talent Bank
  3. 3. Training Agenda • Purpose • Goals Introduction • Women • POC • Other Why we need Binders • Research & Create • Collect • Design How to Build a Binder • With Whom and When • Special Considerations How to Share a Binder • Updates • Evaluations Rinse & Repeat • Profile Samples • Talent Banks • More Information • GCSRW Resources
  4. 4. WHY?
  5. 5. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 Developing Principled Christian Leaders for the Church and the World The Four Areas of Focus of The UMC, 2012
  6. 6. “Just Apply Already!” “We Need You!”
  7. 7. Nominations Committees Willing & Able
  8. 8. Nancy Ditomaso, from “How Social Networks Drive Black Unemployment” the New York Times May 5, 2013 Inequality reproduces itself because [referrals are] typically reserved for people who are “like me”: the people who live in my neighborhood, those who attend my church or school or those with whom I have worked in the past.
  9. 9. Nominations Committees Willing & Able Volunteers Talent Bank!
  10. 10. What you have to offer that is unique • Skilled at asking: – How to prevent exclusion – How to increase hospitality – How do we learn to respect difference • Expand the network • Alternative objectivity • Different priorities – Listen more thoroughly – Interview or meet with participants
  11. 11. Process Overview • Research • Create Profile Template • Recruit and Collect participants – Questionnaires – Interviews or Meetings – Leadership Training • Share the Binder • Rinse and Repeat
  12. 12. STEP 1: RESEARCH Who & What
  13. 13. Committee on Nominations Lay Leadership Team Connectional Ministries office Cabinet ___________ Bishop UMW & UMM
  14. 14. • Expectations – Time commitment – Duration – Support to be offered – High-capacity or willing to train? • Priorities – Competent or Passionate? – Team oriented or self- driven? – • Skills – Leadership – Technical – Offer trainings – Worship, Care, Planning … • Passions – Spiritual leadership – Social justice – Personal piety – Intellectual
  15. 15. Step 2: Profile • Create profile questionnaire – Samples – Online or paper – Email or form (google drive) • • Find the right questions
  16. 16. Profile Outline: Contact Information Phone Email Church & District Demographics Age Race Skills Leadership Technical / Logistical Effectiveness Connectional Personal Passions Perspective
  17. 17. Sample Questionnaire
  18. 18. What is are your spiritual disciples and gifts? Where are your passion and the work of the AC similar? Which skills do you want to offer? What do you want to learn or improve? Where in the annual conference do you see need for change or greater ministry? Which committees interest you?
  19. 19. Other Possible Questions: • A list of skills • Logistical considerations – Mobility and transportation – Child care – Time of Day – Technological capacity (meet by Skype, Google hangout, conference call, Adobe Meeting etc) • Current commitments (Boards, committees etc.) and time to offer
  20. 20. Transferrable Skills Characteristic Rating Comments Ability to work well with others Personal motivation and initiative Dependability Trustworthiness Attitude Pride in one’s work Personal follow-through Cooperative … Please rate each characteristic between 1 and 10, with 1 being a low rating and 10 being a high rating
  21. 21. Skills and Abilities: Please check skills that you have or would like to develop: Would like to use this Skill Would like to improve No interest Scheduling Administrative Event Planning Communications Leading worship Leading trainings or bible studies Liaise between committees Lead meetings Take notes …
  22. 22. Activity: Contact Information Phone Email Church & District Demographics Age Race Skills Leadership Technical / Logistical Effectiveness Connectional Personal Passions Perspective Write at least five questions to include in a questionnaire
  23. 23. Discussion: Best Questions
  24. 24. Samples In the files box, please download “Sample-Forms-UMC” and “Sample-Forms-Misc” These two pdf’s will give you a strong library of formats and models upon which to build your profiles and questionnaires.
  25. 25. Step 3: Collect & Recruit • Timeline (Rolling or Deadline) • Nominations / Leadership Deadline • Meet on first day of Annual Conference • At district pre-conference meetings • Host district level workshops • Enlist help from District Superintendents, UMW / UMM officers, lay servant teachers, clergy, etc.
  26. 26. Recruitment: • Make it personal – Have a conversation – Individualize invitations – Modify requests for referrals • Phone Calls • Handwritten notes • Personal visit People will notice the time, effort & vulnerability you put into an invitation. Simply increasing your level of personal investment will positively affect how people respond to you. The high investment => high response principle
  27. 27. What is communication like in your annual conference?
  28. 28. Step 4: Compile & Design • Create a Binder – One page, or several for each participant? – Sort by skill, interest, or experience? – Simple list (sorted), list with blurbs, or one person per page
  29. 29. Example: Short Blurbs • Susan Keaton – Susan is a lay, white, middle age, woman. She is in communications professionally, has a daughter, and likes to read novels on her commute each day. • Elaine Moy – Elaine is a lay, Chinese-American, middle age woman. She has two sons and like to help them learn to bake. Elaine’s has great passion for organizing, cleaning and is an accountant. • Erin Kane – Erin is a lay, white, young adult, woman. She has particular gifts for details, archives, research and experience with community organizing and anti-racism trainings. • Becky Williams – Becky is a lay, white, older adult woman. She has previous experience on conference lay leadership teams, a passion for spiritual direction, and particular skills in teaching and leadership.
  30. 30. One Page per Person • Introduction • Contact Information • Compelling Skills • Personal touch • Reference or Recommendations • Use back or page 2 for details, CVs/Resumes and other information
  31. 31. STEP 5: SHARE
  32. 32. How to Share a Binder: • Meet with nominators in their space and time • Explain how this helps them – You may use slides from this presentation – Share information about how – Identify groups about whom we ask, “where are all the (e.g. young people) ?” • Remember the high-investment, high-response principle • Discuss confidentiality and respect
  33. 33. Work 7 – 9 months in advance
  34. 34. With whom will you share your binders? Whom will you contact to meet? How will you share the profiles? What will you tell them?
  36. 36. Rinse and Repeat • Evaluate the program regularly for improvement • Update the binders annually • Decide thoughtfully whether to roll over profiles automatically • SUCCESSION PLAN: – Find someone in year 2 to assist you. Train them and show them how to do what you. In year 3, let them take the lead, and you be the assistant.
  37. 37. Evaluations • Ask participants: – How to improve profile form • Add or Subtract Questions? • Length of Time to return form • Alternative methods of submission – How to communicate with them • How often • What information they need • Ask Nominators – How to improve profile form • Additional questions • Specific needs • Ask Lead Volunteers – What was difficult – What support needed – Who else to get involved
  39. 39. Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:1 I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Romans 12:13 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to God. Acts 10:34
  40. 40. Ensure Credibility • Only the very best • Include all and hope they succeed • Connect to mentors and coaches
  41. 41. Cultural Obstacles • Insular behaviors • Poor communication • No training or support • Unclear expectations
  42. 42. Active Talent Banks & Leadership Development Orgs • based-volunteering#.U2K-P_ldXHR • s/skillsbasedvolunteering • probono/build-pro-bono-movement • • •
  44. 44. 4-webinareval Audrey Krumbach Director of Gender Justice & Education (312) 346-4900