Network Leadership Training Academy

The NLTA is our annual flagship training program for network leaders, funders, and evaluators. The Academy is returning from September through November 2021 as an online learning program. You’ll learn how to build and manaage networks while developing a network strategy to implement back home. Sign up for updates or register your team today!

Sept 22, Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 3

10am - 1pm Mountain Time

What Will You Learn at the NLTA in 2021?

This year’s program will focus on building a network strategy for you to implement with your partners. We’ll walk you through each step of the process over four consecutive sessions. With a small group setting and numerous expert trainers and presenters, you’ll be able to apply what you learn in real-time to develop a plan and strategy for your network.

Building Networks

Bringing together new partners to form a network is no easy task. We cover topics like network membership, diversity, equity & inclusion, design thinking and more to help you build more effective collaboratives.

Managing Networks

Managing the day-to-day affairs of a network includes a suite of leadership skills and knowledge, including facilitation, governance structures, conflict resolution, relationship management, and strategic planning.

Evaluating Networks

The best networks evaluate their performance, both quantitatively and qualitatively, to improve over time. We cover common evaluation tactics, along with ways to use your findings to improve and share your story.

The NLTA Schedule & Agenda

Begin each day with an interactive opener to inspire and energize you with inspiring leaders! Engage with your peers to leverage collaborative expertise. Move to hands-on workshops on special topics to build competence and skills. Leave each session with key takeaways, tools, and ideas to take back to your network.

September 22 at 10am - 1pm MT

In our kickoff session, we’ll introduce our speakers and dig into a discussion of network strategy: What it is, and why it is important for all networks to have one in mind. The session will help frame the remainder of the NLTA and leave you with thought-provoking lessons to prepare for October.

October 6 at 10am - 1pm MT

Our second session will include multiple in-depth presentations on topics related to building and managing networks.

October 20 at 10am - 1pm MT

Our second session will include multiple in-depth presentations on topics related to managing and evaluating networks.

November 3 at 10am - 1pm MT

Our final session will prepare you to implement your new skills, knowledge, and network strategy back home, with tools and resources you can bring back to your network along with all you have learned. This is where theory and knowledge meet action and practice.

Our 2021 Speakers & Trainers

Dr. Robyn Mobbs

Co-Director, CU Denver Center on Network Science

Danielle Varda

Dr. Danielle Varda

CEO & Founder, Visible Network Labs

Lisa VanRaemdonck, M.P.H.

Director, CU Denver School of Public Affairs Institute

NLTA Alumni Testimonials

  • “I found the Network Leadership Training Academy to be a more valuable experience than I ever anticipated… I left with a completely different perspective on how our program could be operating and how our organizational structure could improve to better support our “network” design. “

    Kendra Bigsby

    Assistant Director, CO School of Public Health at CSU
  • “The NLTA was a worthwhile experience that broadened my horizons, created access to experts in the field, and gave me a platform to share my experiences with participants. I think the NLTA is a valuable community of practice about network leadership.”

    Dustin Stiver

    Program Officer, The Sprout Fund
  • The Network Leadership Training Academy was my greatest experience for professional growth and new learning this year. It was exhilarating to discover other network leaders who were dealing with the same issues we wrestle with. We found many resources and sessions highly applicable to our work

    Dave Hackett

    Region Director, visionSynergy

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