"I have benefited from the TREC leadership program in more ways
than I can recount. I’ve gained new practical skills and developed a
greater breadth and depth of understanding of what personal and professional
leadership entails. Equally important, I’ve forged new ties with an
amazing group of individuals—both TREC trainers and participants—that
will continue to enrich my life well into the future."
You will develop a personalized leadership work plan in which you
will identify and implement some key initiatives in your organization.
Are you an executive or senior-level director/manager who is relatively
new to your leadership role? Facing major changes or challenges in your
organization? Feeling disillusioned about being a manager and losing
touch with your passion? Feeling overloaded and stressed? Hoping to
significantly upgrade in some major skill areas? Feeling isolated and
wanting to expand your peer network?
The TREC Leadership Development Program is highly interactive, stimulating
and varied. We use a range of learning approaches: large group presentations,
one-on-one coaching, case studies of real situations, small group discussions,
feedback instruments, between-session phone check-ins, readings, and
To address the challenges facing leaders of environmental organizations
in Western North America that are Wilburforce grantees, TREC offers
this eight-month long program.
The program starts each spring. If you have questions about the program
and its fit for you, we encourage you to contact us.
Goals of the Program
This program will address key leadership topics, skills and needs:
- Understanding core leadership attributes, skills and approaches
- Knowing your specific areas of strength and where you can
- Understanding what motivates you as leader and where you
want to go next
- Positioning your organization’s advocacy and activities
for maximum impact
- Managing staff development and performance
- Dealing with organization change and transition
- Strategic fiscal management
- Personal priority and time management; avoiding burnout
- Organization governance and working effectively with your
- Strategic and program planning and evaluation
One of the greatest benefits of the program is the connections you
will make with peers in the conservation community and the support you
will draw from them
This program is for senior (Director-level) staff who:
Are new or developing leaders (e.g. one to five years leadership
experience) who demonstrate strong potential for a larger leadership
role and are pursuing that. And is also highly relevant for seasoned
leaders looking for a boost to skills or energy.
Are currently in a key staff leadership and personnel oversight roles
(executive directors or senior manager/directors) in their organization
and want to strengthen their leadership skills.
Already have some basic training and hands-on experience in core
skills, e.g. fundraising, supervision, planning, board development,
Are in organizations that are currently, or are in a pending docket
to be, Wilburforce Foundation grantees.
The agenda and approach will have tremendous value for a range of
Experienced executive directors will gain insights and skills to
hone their leadership style and focus and take their organizations to
the next level, while newer leaders will gain some strong practical
and conceptual tools and ideas to accelerate their development.
TREC's goal is to create as diverse a participant base as possible,
acknowledging different racial, ethnic, age, gender, disability, cultural,
and geographical backgrounds.
This program is by invitation only. If you are a TREC training alumni
and would like more information, please contact David Thomson.
David Thomson, Leadership Program Director [David at trec.org]
Dyan Oldenburg, TREC Executive Director [Dyan at trec.org]
The saying "it's lonely at the top" is the hard truth for many leaders
- especially in the conservation community. Many leaders just fall into
their role, and rarely receive any guidance, feedback or coaching.
This program combines a 360-Degree Feedback Survey with tailored
Leadership Coaching from a seasoned TREC Senior Associate.
360-Degree Feedback Survey
Leadership Coaching follows the 360-Degree Feedback report. In phone
discussions with your coach, you explore the leadership goals that you
want to work toward, lay plans to move ahead, gain insight into the
challenges and barriers you’ll meet, and make commitments to action.
Conversations with your coach are strictly confidential, and typically
involve 45 minute phone calls every 2 to 3 weeks, spread over a period
of 3 to 6 months.
The process is tailored to fit your needs, schedule and circumstances,
and is completely confidential. It is designed to meet leaders "where
they are" and give the focused support that often can't be provided
through workshops and retreats.
Note: Participants in the Strategic Leadership Series
receive the 360 feedback and coaching described here.
David Thomson, Leadership Program Director [David at trec.org]
Inquiries are kept confidential within the TREC team.
STEP is designed to support the development of promising conservation
staff that are looking to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence
in leadership and management. Candidates must have the support of their
supervisor and have demonstrated high potential for increasingly responsible
leadership and management roles in their organizations to participate
in this leadership development series. STEP generally has two in-person
sessions over a four month period with coaching by a trained TREC coach.
(The STEP series is by invitation only.)
Contact: David Thomson, Leadership Program
Director [David at trec.org] (604) 987-3667
A four to six month program for brand new executive directors designed
to help them increase their knowledge, skills and confidence, overcome
the isolation they face, and most importantly, help them succeed in
their new positions. Offered to new Executive Directors. Demand driven.
Contact: David Thomson, Leadership Program Director [David at trec.org]
A eight-month program for current and incoming Board chairs and presidents
aimed at increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed
in their positions. Key topics include board leadership roles, appropriately
playing their accountability and stewardship roles in fundraising, fiscal
oversight, strategic planning, program evaluation and evaluating the
executive director. (This program is offered by invitation.)
Contact: David Thomson, Senior Associate [David
at trec.org] (604) 987-3667
Accessing your intuition, enhancing your creativity, reducing stress,
and developing and achieving your individual and organization goals.
Integrate knowledge and practice of several techniques for accessing
the inner self. Deliver a tool to review and create your list of life’s
goals. Integrate knowledge and practice of affirmations, a tool to access
the power of your subconscious. Enlarge your understanding of “how the
world works” from a spiritual perspective. Deliver a simple 30-minute
practice that you can “take home” which will integrate all these experiences
- A process to assess your life goals
- An experiential method to realize these goals
- Tools that will access your intuition, create an inner awareness,
enhance your creativity, reduce stress, and improve your productivity.
• Body awareness (yoga postures)
• Yogic breathing techniques
• Meditation techniques
• How to create and use affirmations to address your life goals
- A series of short lectures to provide grounding and integration
of these tools, from a yogic (eastern philosophical) perspective.
- A "take-home" series of practices that will integrate what
you learn, designed to take only 30 minutes of time out of your
Jeff leads the workshop, combining extensive experience
as an activist and environmental leader with over 20 years of yoga and
meditation practice. He is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor.
Contact: Jeff DeBonis, Senior Associate [Jeff
at trec.org] (541) 387-2651