Volunteer Leadership Engagement to Achieve Diversity

Take action and support your communities

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” Now more than ever, our communities need support to meet the challenges of both the global pandemic and local social issues.

Research, data, and experts show that diverse leadership leads to accelerated mission accomplishments, greater positive impact, and increased creativity and innovation to solve difficult social issues.

To drive these changes, OneOC is committed to developing and cultivating an abundance of diverse leaders in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

V|LEAD is the way to champion this cause and take action. “

Charles Chung, OneOC Board Diversity Chair


About V|Lead

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Volunteer Leadership Engagement to Achieve Diversity, or V|LEAD, is a unique opportunity over a three-month period to develop a cohort of civic-minded leaders who represent and embrace the communities where we work and serve. This program is led by OneOC in partnership with OC Human Relations, and sponsored by U.S. Bank and comprised of nonprofit, corporate, and community leaders in Orange County.

As part of the program, cohort participants will attend a series of six workshops focused on reimagining volunteer leadership and leading board development practices, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion at both individual and organizational levels. These workshops are designed to be dynamic, engaging, and interactive, and will prepare nonprofit organizations as well as emerging skills-based V|LEADers (from the Orange County business community) for the new age of diverse, equitable and inclusive leadership.

A unique aspect of the program includes the placement of 15 to 20 V|LEADers at a local nonprofit. All cohort participants will have the opportunity to interact during several of the cohort sessions between September and December to get better acquainted as well as explore opportunities for possible involvement after the program is completed.

V|Lead in Action

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Companies will sponsor diverse, motivated executive and emerging leaders and provide ongoing support to foster the participant growth and development at work and in the community

Nonprofits provide meaningful learning opportunities to volunteer leaders via board taskforce initiatives and committee work in order to prepare leaders to become nonprofit board members

OneOC serves as the enabler and educator, providing a formal learning program, networking opportunities and an engagement framework to develop diverse and inclusive leaders for our nonprofit community in OC

Why V|Lead

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Nonprofits will develop and increase their expertise in:

  • Re-imagining volunteer leadership within their nonprofit
  • Leveraging leading board practices to best utilize skills-based volunteers that will build your future bench
  • Creating a greater sense of belonging and engagement within your board through diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Additional information about OneOC VLEAD for Nonprofits
  • Please contact info@oneoc.org for all questions