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Program Overview

Slow Food USA chapter and community leaders in need of strategic support should consider applying to our new Leadership Incubator cohort. Slow Food USA is excited to offer this community of practice to support leaders in connecting with one another, aligning with Slow Food strategies and activating within their local communities. The small cohort size of 6-8 will allow for deep sharing and 1:1 support with all facets of Slow Food leadership.

Who should apply?
Slow Food chapter and community leaders that want to strengthen their leadership, grow their group’s local presence and deepen their impact within their communities. 

What’s the time commitment?
Six 1.5-2-hour sessions monthly from April – September 2024

  • One session every month. Up to one hour of homework per month.
  • Take part in a community of practice while collectively troubleshooting real-time leadership issues and challenges.

Leadership Incubator Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of community, relationships and culture within the work of Slow Food
  • Build restorative leadership capacity, including restorative conflict facilitation skills and tools
  • Explore active challenges and emerging opportunities within respective Slow Food groups
  • Assess current work and new strategies that align with Slow Food USA’s Theory of Change
  • Identify relationship building opportunities with organizations and stakeholders in the ecosystem
  • Create plans of action that integrate insights from throughout the Leadership Incubator program

Timeline for 2024 Cohort

Feb. 29, 2024 | Application submissions due

March 22, 2024 | Applicant selection complete

April + May | Module 1: Connect – Centering relationships, celebrating culture

In Module One, we will explore the foundations of a Community of Practice and how that can help optimize our Slow Food USA groups. We will cover everything from community agreements and restorative conflict resolution to collaborative problem-solving and building intercultural capacity! Each module includes opportunities for community-building with your cohort.

June + July | Module 2: AlignAligning with SFUSA’s Theory of Change

Our second module will focus on Slow Food USA’s Theory of Change and how leaders can align their local efforts with national and movement-level priorities. We will develop local ecosystem maps that highlight people, partnerships and resources central to the Slow Food mission and vision.

August + September | Module 3: Act – Activating communities, mobilizing resources
Module Three will give us time to synthesize our learnings from the first two modules into unique strategic designs that fit your most pressing leadership needs. Leaders will leave with a clear plan of action for their Slow Food groups as well as ways to remain engaged in their communities of practice.

Learn more and submit your application for consideration.