Are Divisiveness, Frequent Change and Fatigue in Your Team and Community Exhausting You As a Leader?

Are you burning out from putting out fires and dealing with change? Time to re-energize and strategize.

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Are you yearning for space and time to yourself as a leader who facilitates change?

If you answered YES, you are not alone.

When changes in our workplaces, community and world accumulate to a point where we feel uprooted or out of sorts ourselves, it is time to pause. As a leader, this can be especially tough when you have so much to do and so many people to look after.

But we all know if we don’t weather this storm of change, things will only get worse.

The success of any workplace or social change effort is deeply interconnected to the health and wellness of the leaders within that organization or movement. Your wellness and passion for the work and ability to lead effectively is essential right now…

One survey reported that nearly 60% of leaders feel used up at the end of the workday, which is a strong indicator of burnout.

Did you know most people are functioning at 25% of their capacity compared to their pre-pandemic capacity?

It’s important to remember that living and navigating through an increasingly turbulent world means that we are not functioning at the capacity we were before COVID-19.

Leaders in all sectors may face many complex issues such as high pressure job demands, frequent change, role and organization structure changes, burnout, polarized teams and communities, discrimination, and harassment or bullying... to just name a few.

Are you showing signs of leadership strain?

  • Do you feel you are running on empty?
  • Have you begun to lose joy in your work or personal life?
  • Are the challenges you are facing feeling insurmountable, while success is less fortifying?
  • Does it feel like there are more challenges and polarization than ever in your teams and community, creating stress for you?
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  • Are old “people problems” on your teams and community resurfacing, requiring your intervention and stretching your patience?
  • Is your wellness and self-care taking a back seat to that of others?

“The peacemaker gets two thirds of the blow.”

~ Montenegran proverb

If you’re struggling with leadership issues, know that you are not alone.

We are hearing about the issues leaders face every day. In fact, many leaders are struggling to stay focused and energized in these times that we are all living in and navigating through. By now, you must agree that multi-tasking is not the solution.

Like the world we live in, many communities and organizations are experiencing rapid or continuous change. When leaders don’t take the time to maintain their own wellness and find their footing again, it can wreak havoc on teams, workplaces, and organizations. So many leaders feel they are going at this alone.

The good news is these outcomes can be avoided; we have solutions that can help.

You can join an award-winning and proven program with a track record of creating lasting change that has reached over 2.5 million people around the world.

Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders

Customized, Facilitated Conversations for Small Cohorts of Changemakers

Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders focuses on collaborative problem-solving and results in high engagement and cohort-generated solutions for lasting change.

If you’re tired of canned presentations or cookie-cutter facilitation, this won’t feel like another “off the shelf” program or flavour of the month approach. From start to finish, this program is designed and delivered around your specific needs and well-being.

People issues, disconnection and team breakdowns can impact your health and wellness as a leader. The quality of your health and wellness has a ripple effect and can impact your team and organization significantly. Together, we will support you to build a culture of belonging from the inside out—starting with you and your wellness.

After all, nothing ever grows from the outside in. Like everything in the universe, all change efforts grow from the inside out… starting with you!

This is where change really begins…
...leaders taking time for themselves to build belonging from the inside out.

In this series of customized, facilitated conversations, leaders come together in small cohorts to use a collaborative, problem-solving approach to address your priority challenges.

In this process, we believe, as a leader YOU matter. In fact, you are the most important instrument in your efforts to nurture and lead the change in your unique context. After all, to effectively support change, you need to be the change. During these Belonging Matters Conversations, you will connect with other leaders, explore belonging and wellness in your own life, and together with your cohort generate strategies for long-term solutions.

Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders are delivered live, online through Zoom gatherings in small cohorts. Throughout the process, Jessie Sutherland shares and draws on insights from over 25 years of designing, facilitating and supporting Belonging Matters Conversations locally, nationally and internationally.

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Join a small group of leaders to not only find your footing, but also generate ways to thrive in the midst of our turbulent world.


Join Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders

Explore how Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders can be customized to your cohort to help address your issues, needs and goals.

Quick Overview & Upcoming Dates

Belonging Matters Conversations for Leaders involves a series of 4 facilitated conversations:

1

Why Belonging Matters

Friday, May 6th, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific

2

Addressing Our First Priority Challenge

Friday, May 13th @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific

3

Addressing Our Second Priority Challenge

Friday, May 27th, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific

4

Culminating Activities and Integration

Friday, June 3rd, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific

Throughout the program, you will be supported to create visual legacies (e.g. posters, videos, social media, etc.) to assist you in anchoring your personal learning and inspiring actionable next steps.

The group creates the experience; therefore, attending in person is critical to what you’ll get out of the experience and what you’ll contribute to the experience of others.

The Benefits of Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders

Build your leadership capacity

When you take the time to build belonging more fully within yourself, you will find more joy in your work as well as be able to lead your team, workplace or community more effectively through any given challenging situation.

Support your diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) efforts

When you experience this process, you are able to more effectively build a culture of belonging that lends support to your policies, procedures, team charters and vision.

Experience a fully customized, guided process

Jessie walks you and your cohort through the Belonging Matters Conversations process from start to finish. It is customized to your cohort. There’s no guesswork or trying to figure it out on your own.

Avoid burnout

The cost of burnout is high, impacting your own mental, physical and emotional health. When you take time for yourself, you will enjoy better health and will positively impact those you work with and serve.

Create lasting visual legacies

Visual legacies are co-created with you and your cohort to synthesize key insights and commitments for ongoing reflection, awareness and learning.

Gain clarity on your next step

By the end of this process, we will be clear on your next best step to be the change as you facilitate change so that you can increase your impact with more ease and greater confidence.

“The secret sauce to fostering collaboration that generates innovation and unleashes collective strengths is starting with building a robust culture of belonging. And this always starts with you!” 

~ Jessie Sutherland

Here’s what people are saying about Jessie’s work and Belonging Matters Conversations

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Anita Cameron Retired Executive Director

…allows for constructive resolution (or reconciliation) of differences.

What I found most useful about Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders is the opportunity for a different way of looking at things (esp. where there is conflict) that allows for constructive resolution (or reconciliation) of differences. I found the validation of feelings and experiences and different perspectives on meeting challenges was also helpful.

I will continue to build a visual reference for “bringing myself home” when necessary (or keeping me there) as well as broadening my network of like-minded people. I can get caught up in the heat of moments and not realize until too late how far off course I have strayed. Remaining focused on my own “home” values and principles will help me not get tangled up in things that do not align with my own goals.

Jessie Sutherland’s relentless positivity and enthusiasm are so motivating and encouraging!

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Charito Gailling MEd, Project Manager, BCCDC

Under Jessie's gentle and warm guidance, the trust and sharing was built quickly…

My key takeaway from Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders was how important even small daily reminders are in order to continually realign with the core values that support and guide us through complex relationships. Upon reflection through this program, I realize how old traumas and roadblocks such as fear of hurting others may be blocking deeper connections with others. I love Jessie's suggestion to give myself permission to unintentionally hurt someone's feelings (!) knowing you will come out with a deeper appreciation and understanding of each other.

Under Jessie's gentle and warm guidance, the trust and sharing was built quickly in this small group format, which helped immensely in terms of allowing me to connect with my own personal values and motivations as a leader. Jessie has a wonderful gift for connections and bringing people together. I appreciated how she was able to show vulnerability and participated in the discussions as a learner as well as shepherding us through the reflection process at the same time.

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Elaine White Cultural Coordinator, Shawendaasowin Child & Family Services

Miigwech for your excellent work on bringing people of many cultures and nations together.

When I participated in the Belonging Matters Conversations with other leaders, I appreciated that if you want to see and “be the change” in this world, you need to have patience. The process helped me to see who I am, what I need to work on, and what change means across cultures.

As a facilitator, Jessie has a lot of compassion for people while bringing out their best. Gchi Miigwech for your excellent work on bringing people of many cultures and nations together.

Your Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders Customized Program Includes:

Detailed Overview

Why Belonging Matters
Session #1: Why Belonging Matters

In this interactive session, you and your cohort explore what belonging means, share stories and discuss your key challenges. By the end of this session, your cohort will have prioritized their key issues in preparation for Session #2 that your cohort will work on collaboratively.

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Session #2: Addressing Our First Priority Challenge

We customize Session #2 based on one of the priority challenges identified in Session #1. Here, you and your cohort will explore your priority challenge through sharing stories, exploring root causes and coming up with collective tips and strategies.

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Session #3: Addressing Our Second Priority Challenge

We customize Session #3 based on one of the priority challenges identified in Session #1. Here, you and your cohort will explore your priority challenge through sharing stories, exploring root causes and coming up with collective tips and strategies.

Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders Visual Legacies
Session #4: Culminating Activities and Integration

In this conversation, you and your cohort will share visual legacies and generate ideas for action planning in your own contexts.


About Creating Visual Legacies:
Every week, you will have an opportunity to create your personal visual legacy that represents your journey, your process and the key insights that are meaningful to you. For those who wish, we provide some templates and an opportunity to connect with a member of our team to finalize a meaningful visual legacy that can be used to remind you and guide you for years to come.

Bonuses

Receive these gifts to help you build a culture of belonging, starting with yourself!

Bonus 1
Build Your Supportive Network
(1-Hour Group Call)

Did you know that research and experience shows that your supportive network is essential to both your health and success in life and in your role as a leader? We consulted with cutting-edge leaders who have tremendous impact in their communities and identified 12 areas to consider when building your supportive network so that you can thrive as a leader. During this interactive bonus session, we will share our findings, provide a handout to help guide the building of your supportive network, and ensure there is time to start to build your personal action plan so you can thrive as you facilitate change in our increasingly turbulent world.

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Bonus 2
6-Month Check-In
(2-Hour Booster Session)

We will facilitate a 6-month check-in with you and your cohort to see how implementing your action plans are going. Think of this like a booster session. This opportunity reconnects your cohort to each other, your key insights, the strategies created, and your personal action plans. The booster session check-in supports solutions moving forward.  

Booster Session
Bonus 3
Community of Practice
(3 Months)

You will access a complimentary 3-month pass to our 1-hour monthly virtual Community of Practice group call where you will meet other leaders who have gone through our programs and together address priority issues around building a culture of belonging in your own contexts.

Community of Practice: Group Calls

About Jessie Sutherland,
Director

An international speaker, trainer, and consultant, Jessie Sutherland works with organizations and communities to engage diversity, build belonging and ignite intercultural collaboration.


Recipient of BC Community Achievement Award (2023), her approach creates sustainable community change that effectively addresses complex social problems.

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Jessie’s work has been delivered in over eight languages and has taken her across Canada and around the world to support communities in their efforts to address challenging issues including workplace inclusion, poverty, homelessness, the overdose crisis, elder abuse, reconciliation, youth engagement and more. Many of her clients go on to win awards for their work in engaging diversity and fostering collaboration for sustainable and lasting change.

As founder of the organization Intercultural Strategies, Jessie helps leaders and groups build cultures of belonging to create change in an inclusive and positive way. She is the innovator of the award-winning Belonging Matters framework and community change model designed to change mindsets, deepen interconnections, impart greater social capital and build stronger communities.

Jessie holds a M.A in Dispute Resolution, is a TEDx speaker and author of the book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out.

Here’s what people are saying about Jessie Sutherland & her trainings...

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Monica Walters-Field Resource in/for Right Relations and Productive Learning Partnership

It's been a real joy for me…

I think the most impactful take-away for me from Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders is the reminder and learning of the “transformational power of small circles”. The compilation of the wisdom from the group is like a pearl that's worthy of picking up and putting in a necklace I'm wearing.

Jessie met my expectations and more. I think it's brilliant that she's able to contribute to our human existence the way she has been, but extra love to her for how she was able to gather us into the fold. Having a varied group where you end up feeling safe and comforted is often a challenge, especially when talking about topics that are reflective of one’s inner personalities and struggles.

It's been a real joy for me to meet people who are working in the field—with people who learn differently, with people who are developed differently, with people who have different aspirations—and to be able to sit together around the round table and be equal contributors. That, to me, has been really amazing. Courses like this help us make changes to do things differently, and we become empowered to teach others like a ripple that keeps growing.

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Dr. Beverley Pitman PhD

…effective working-through from new mindset to new action…

I gained 3 key take-aways from participating in the Belonging Matters Conversations for Leaders series:

#1: First of all, I appreciated the opportunity to reflect on old ways of thinking / being / acting in the world in the supportively structured environment Jessie created.

#2: Secondly, the follow-through activities, including the development of the visual legacies Jessie incorporated, helped to actually bring the new ways of thinking / being / acting into our lives.

#3: Third, I’ve enjoyed the peer-learning that took place with the people Jessie convened.

I value the thoughtful structure Jessie places behind the activities in the course, including the logical and effective working-through from new mindset to new action or set of actions. Her words and actions demonstrate the careful way she relates to the individuals in the group, her respect for difference, and her ability to bring out the best in the people she brings together.

I really appreciated both Jessie’s and the group's willingness to include my interest in attending to the “skilling-up” of the self in the context of social justice issues. This made a huge difference in what I have taken away.

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Karlie Tessmer Researcher, Simon Fraser University

…a sense of safety to deal with the complexities of life…

Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders is such a useful opportunity to learn from other inspiring leaders. Together we develop and strengthen our tool belts by working through past and present problems we struggle with. Leaning on other leaders to help us cultivate a sense of belonging helps to establish a sense of safety to deal with the complexities of life in our everyday lives.

Jessie is an excellent facilitator and really knows her stuff. She is brilliant in weaving research, personal experience, and anecdotal lessons together seamlessly. As our trainer, I knew I could/can trust that she has the knowledge and experience to guide us through our journey and I never once felt like I was left to sink or swim all on my own.

Fast Track Your Leadership and Wellness With Proven Methods, Processes and Tools

Meet other leaders from unique contexts and together share common challenges and co-create new pathways forward. As a result, you will experience better health and wellness and increase your effectiveness in facilitating change.

Belonging Matters Conversations can help you as a leader to BE the change and facilitate change in your organization and community.

Focus

Know where to focus your efforts for greatest impact personally and professionally.

ideas

Generate innovative ideas and solutions to increase your sense of ease, purpose and connection.

Action

Create a visual legacy of your experience and access reflective learning practices to deepen the integration of your experience into practical, actionable gems.

Clarity

Deepen your own sense of home, belonging and connectedness within yourself and get clarity around your values and how you approach your work as a leader facilitating change.

problem-solving

Strengthen your problem solving strategies and transform “people problems” into opportunities for growth and collaboration.

communication

Close the communication and understanding gap between diverse perspectives.

awareness

Expand your awareness and as a result increase your effectiveness.

collaboration

Transform leadership isolation into a supportive network and collaborative cohort community.

culture

Build a supportive culture for yourself and see the impact on your team, your organization and your social change efforts.

Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders

Connect with yourself and fellow leaders to find your footing again.

$

795

  • Participate in SIX 2-hour online facilitated sessions with your cohort
  • Why Belonging Matters (& Orientation) - Wed., May 22nd, 2024
  • Addressing Our First Priority Challenge - Wed., May 27th, 2024
  • Addressing Our Second Priority Challenge - Wed., June 5th, 2024
  • Build Your Supportive Network For Leaders - Wed., June 12th, 2024
  • Finalize Visual Legacies - Wed., June 19th, 2024
  • Culminating Activities and Integration - Wed., June 26th, 2024
  • Belonging Matters Reflections journal (will be mailed)
  • Co-authored Instagram book of visual legacies
  • Digital handouts
  • Recording links sent to you by email (downloads for 30 days following each call)
  • Bonus 1: 1:1 Call with Jessie (30-Minute Private Session)
  • Bonus 2: 6-Month Booster Session (90-Minute Group Check-In)

Next LIVE Conversation: May 22nd, 2024

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100% Satisfaction Guarantee for 30-Days

Jessie stands behind her work and programs. If you complete the Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders training series and don’t see value within 30 days, we 100% guarantee your money back. If you attend the calls, complete the exercises, and engage with the reflective practices, we have no doubt this will change your leadership efforts in a positive way.
 
If you have done all of this and you don’t feel that you received value, that you didn't discover the tools, process and resources to help you rest, re-energize and strategize as a leader, then contact us within 30 days of purchase and you will receive a complete refund of your investment.

Belonging Matters Conversations Make A Difference

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Mary Swalla Holmes Board Member, Ernest Oberholtzer Foundation

Jessie Sutherland has a gift for generating “ah-ha” moments.

Jessie Sutherland has a gift for generating “ah-ha” moments. Her gentle questioning and invitation to go deeper into your self provides a powerful means of transformation. I have benefited by moving toward healthier personal and professional relationships since my participation in her training.

Thanks, Jessie!

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Chief Robert Joseph Gwa wa Enuk First Nations, Reconciliation Ambassador

...builds a sense of belonging and inclusion for everyone…

Jessie Sutherland’s Belonging Matters framework is one of the best approaches I know of. It builds a sense of belonging and inclusion for everyone, laying the foundational building block for reconciliation on the political and economic levels.

Jessie’s values-based approach is a huge reason why I am able to resolve conflicts...

I have been a fan of Jessie’s values-based approach for 15 years. I have benefited in my personal and working relationships, as well as systems thinking. Jessie’s values-based approach is a huge reason why I am able to resolve conflicts as a person who values harmony and avoids conflict.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any special requirements to participate?

There are a few technical requirements and recommendations. To participate, you need:

  • Reliable internet access (and enough speed for video streaming).
  • To download Zoom to your device for our calls (we'll send you a link).
  • Access to a Gmail account for submission of information and images through Google forms related to the training.

Beyond this, your willing attendance to be on the calls live and participate fully ensures the maximum benefit for everyone involved.

What do I need to do to prepare?

There is not much you will need to do to prepare. The process will be explained and facilitated by Jessie, and she will provide any information that is needed ahead of time and/or between sessions. Each session may include some simple preparatory reflections and a possible activity.

How much time will I need to dedicate to the process?

Each conversation session lasts 2 hours and is held once a week for one month. There will be reflective practices each week that should not take more than 30 minutes. Many leaders who take this program enjoy the process and sometimes spend more time. On average, 30 minutes provides ample time to deepen your learning and get the most out of the process.

Who will be in my cohort and how big a group will it be?

We are keeping each cohort size to a maximum of 5 or 6 leaders like you who are facilitating change in unique contexts.

How could the visual legacies that my cohort create be used?

You and your cohort can use visual reminders as an awareness tool for inspiration as you move forward in your own context. Many cohorts find they provide a great summary and reminder of key insights.

Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders

Connect with yourself and fellow leaders to find your footing again.

$

795

  • Participate in SIX 2-hour online facilitated sessions with your cohort
  • Why Belonging Matters (& Orientation) - Wed., May 22nd, 2024
  • Addressing Our First Priority Challenge - Wed., May 27th, 2024
  • Addressing Our Second Priority Challenge - Wed., June 5th, 2024
  • Build Your Supportive Network For Leaders - Wed., June 12th, 2024
  • Finalize Visual Legacies - Wed., June 19th, 2024
  • Culminating Activities and Integration - Wed., June 26th, 2024
  • Belonging Matters Reflections journal (will be mailed)
  • Co-authored Instagram book of visual legacies
  • Digital handouts
  • Recording links sent to you by email (downloads for 30 days following each call)
  • Bonus 1: 1:1 Call with Jessie (30-Minute Private Session)
  • Bonus 2: 6-Month Booster Session (90-Minute Group Check-In)

Next LIVE Conversation: May 22nd, 2024

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Social Change Mentoring with Jessie Sutherland

Let’s Build Belonging From The Inside Out Together!

This program is the result of more than 25 years of research and working with individuals and teams around the globe delivering training, facilitating processes and building cultures of belonging in diverse contexts. I continue to be inspired by the solutions that people create together when stories are shared, understanding is built and solutions are co-created.

It would be an honour to work with you. I invite you to join our next Belonging Matters Conversations For Leaders cohort where you can connect with yourself and other leaders to find your footing again. I would be honoured to work with you and support you and your leadership so that you leave re-energized and anchored more deeply within yourself as you facilitate change in our increasingly turbulent times.

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