Announcing the 8th Annual Network Leadership
Training Academy - Online

The NLTA is a monthly virtual workshop where you will develop skills to build, manage, and evaluate effective networks.

Learn from the country's top network leadership trainers and practitioners, develop new skills, and develop a peer network of other network leaders like you.

7 2-hour Virtual Workshops: June through December 2020.

Visible Network Labs and the University of CO Denver is pleased to host the 8th Annual Network Leadership Training Academy. For the first time ever, we will host the entire event online, in a series of 6 2-hour virtual workshops. You will have the opportunity to meet some of world’s leadeing experts in network leadership and hear form practitioners who are on the ground leading networks. You will join a cohort of peers who are looking for skills and tips to build, manage, and evaluate effective cross-sector interorganizational networks. 

At the NLTA you will be exposed to rich content. You will also hve opportunities to network, share ideas and learn from peers in facilitated workshop-style sessions. Learn more about our speakers below, and visit back for more information as it becomes available!

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

Meet our 2020 Speakers!

Curtis Ogden
Curtis Ogden
Senior Associate,
Interaction Inst. for Social Change
Blythe Butler
Developmental Evaluator,
First 2000 Days Network
Santiago Bunce
VP of Evaluation & Learning,
Catalyst Miami
Alex Derr
Communications Manager, Visible Network Labs
Bruce Goldstein
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Darrin Hicks
Dr. Darrin Hicks
Professor of Communications
University of Denver
Danielle Varda
Dr. Danielle Varda
CEO Visible Network Labs,
& Co-Director, Center on Network Science, CU Denver
Dylan McDonald
Management & Policy Analyst, National Park Service
Jonathan Mischke
VP of Communications and Marketing,
Visible Network Labs
Dr. Paige Backlund Jarquin
VP of Learning, Visible Network Labs
Lisa VanRaemdonck
Lisa VanRaemdonck
Executive Director,
CU Denver School of Public Affairs Institute
Dr. Robyn Mobbs
Co-Director, CU Denver
Center on Network Science

2020 NLTA Schedule

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 NLTA will take place as a series of monthly interactive web sessions. Each session will feature a guest speaker and main topic, with follow-up work sent to participants. There will also be opportunities between sessions for discussion, networking and peer-learning between participants. Check back often for more information as we continue to adapt our plans to this exciting new format!

Sessions Run 11-1 p.m. MT on the Following Dates:

Session 1: "Thinking Like a Network Scientist"
- June 17, 2020

Session 2: "Building a Network."
-July 15, 2020

Session 3: "Managing a Network"
-August 19, 2020

Session 4: "Tracking if your Strategy Is Working."
-September 16, 2020

Session 5: "Evaluation Examples & Results"
-October 21, 2020

Session 6: "Learning from Data"
-November 18, 2020

Session 7: "The Future of Your Network."
-December 9, 2020

New this Year: the Network Innovation Summit on May 18th!

The Network Innovation Summit precedes the NLTA on May 18th, 2020 as a Virtual Conference. This one-day, online event will focus on exploring big ideas surrounding the future of networks. What are the equity implications? How can connection solve old and new problems? Join us to explore of networks! Register for both the NLTA and NIS and receive a discount.

Location, Travel & Hotel Information

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 NLTA will take place virtually. There is no in-person event this spring.

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During the NLTA, we focus on building, managing and evaluating networks using our PARTNER method as an organizing framework. Our training includes skills and knowledge from each of the five steps.

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