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LLC Webinar | Leadership and Large Scale Change: Are We Setting Our Sites High Enough?


July 12, 2018

11:00 am Pacific - 12PM | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern


People who are putting their time, energy and resources into supporting and cultivating leadership are for the most part doing the work to advance meaningful change and social justice. Our learning about this work is struggling to keep up with our change aspirations. It's not enough to know that participants believe they are better leaders without answering questions about the ways in which leadership development work is creating equity and contributing to concrete changes in the health, education, and wealth of all. This webinar will share findings from a collaborative research efforts between leadership Funders and Evaluators to understand what we can achieve through leadership investments, how we can know, and what we are learning about the kind of leadership we need to contribute to greater equity.

Sally Leiderman
Sally Leiderman is CAPD’s President and one of its founders. CAPD is a 29-year- old non- profit with a mission to help foundations, communities, organizations and public systems craft and execute thoughtful responses to pressing social issues. CAPD’s work is characterized by a “theory of change” approach, focus on results and outcomes, and a racialized perspective.

Ms. Leiderman’s expertise spans traditional and non-traditional research and evaluation design and implementation, with a focus on helping to build capacities of those who commission and/or participate in that research. She is a long-term member of the Leadership Learning Community, and its Evaluation/Funders circle. She has evaluated many identity and value-based leadership efforts (Berries Fellows, Community Leadership Program, Healing the Heart of Diversity, Americans for Indian Opportunity Ambassadors Program, The Rural Fellows Program at the Duke Divinity School and the work of the Hispanic House of Studies at the Duke Divinity), as well as many other large-scale, cross-site, multi-year system and community change efforts of which leadership development was a central component. Those include, for example, evaluations of the Equity Learning Project, Project Change, Communities Creating Racial Equity, Communities for All Ages, Co-creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations and others.


Claire Reinelt
Claire Reinelt, PhD is a nationally recognized network and leadership consultant with over 20 years of experience evaluating leadership development, network formation, and collective impact on policy and systems change. She has served as Research and Evaluation Director for the Leadership Learning Community where she contributed to research and writing for several Leadership for a New Era Series publications on Leadership and Collective Impact, Leadership and Networks and Leadership and Large Scale Change. She has led numerous evaluation projects for clients such as the Kellogg Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the Schott Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation among others. Most recently, Claire co-designed and implemented an evaluation to assess the capacity of a network of think tanks, international development nonprofits, and funders to align their efforts to reform U.S. foreign aid policy. She also led a project to apply social network analysis tools to assess public health communications networks, and place-based action networks to identify influencers in network ecosystems in order to design network strategies to increase the reach of a public health communications and organizing campaign. Claire is an author of numerous publications including the Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation, and most recently, Contribution Analysis in Policy Work:  Assessing Advocacy’s Influence. Claire has a PhD in Sociology from Brandeis University and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin.


Deborah Meehan

Deborah Meehan is the founder and Executive Director of the Leadership Learning Community (LLC). In 1991, Deborah received a Kellogg National Leadership fellowship. She was also a 1991 Salzburg Fellow and returned to Salzburg in 2007 as a member of the Global Youth Leadership Faculty. Deborah also conducts an annual Women's Leadership Seminar. She has served as a consultant for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to build an alumni association for the 700 leadership alumni of the Kellogg program. Deborah has created a consulting services arm of LLC and conducted evaluations for national and international leadership programs and produced leadership scans, literature reviews and made program recommendations on behalf of 30 foundations that include a broad range of small, large, regional, state and prominent national foundations.