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Chapter Leadership ForumChapter Leadership Forum

Thank you for supporting DBSA’s very first virtual Chapter Leadership Forum on October 14, 2017! This year’s forum focused on supporting, creating, and celebrating leaders. Please see the session descriptions and links to recorded videos below.

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Session Descriptions

Session 1: Take More Meaning from Leadership
Are all the hours that I am volunteering making a difference? Do I have to be in charge to make a difference? How do I lead by example? Angie Day, DBSA’s Chapter and Volunteer Services Director, led a Facebook live presentation about these common leadership questions. This talk included formal and informal ways to be a leader and why those roles matter. Participants had many opportunities to participate in a discussion via Facebook.


Session 2: Inclusion, Diversity, and Language

Examining and extending our language gives us a chance to broaden our definition of the word we.
Barbara Pescan

In this session we discussed how chapters can use language to empower individuals while respecting and celebrating our differences.


Session 3: Many Hands Make Light Work: The Benefits of Shared Leadership

This was an interactive presentation to identify the benefits of and the obstacles to creating a culture of shared leadership. We discussed strategies to encourage the broad distribution of responsibilities such as defining a path to leadership, rotating responsibilities, and having written policies and standard operating procedures (SOP).


Session 4: Build a Sustainable Volunteer Program

Experienced volunteer managers talked about the best practices to building a sustainable volunteer program and lessons learned from their chapter or state organization.


Session 5: Celebrating DBSA’s Chapter Leaders

Chapter Leadership Forum closed with a celebration of DBSA’s Chapter Leaders and their impact in our community.