Virtual Leadership Institute: Lead yourself first and the rest will follow!

Virtual Leadership Institute: Lead yourself first and the rest will follow!

Virtual Leadership Institute: Lead yourself first and the rest will follow!

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Overview- In this FREE interactive virtual workshop you will be encouraged to share your knowledge, skills and challenges as an emerging leader with your peers. Be prepared to be in that zone!   Your facilitators, Ayoka Mota Samuels and Nikki Hale will provide frameworks for you to think about your leadership and how you would like to show up as an effective leader of people, processes, and results.

Please join us for this LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE on Wednesday, March 27th from 10am-2pm.


•       Participants will explore their Why? & create a draft Why? Statement.

•       Participants will learn the 6 E’s of leadership.

•       Participants will learn 3 ways to lead with Skill vs Authority.

•       Participants will explore leadership as an influence process.

•       Participants will begin to create a skills assessment and growth plan

Ayoka Mota Samuels Biography: For over 25 years, Ayoka Noelle Mota Samuels has been a civic and community leader committed to the improved quality of life for people belonging to underestimated communities throughout metropolitan Chicago and the country. She has been dedicated to this work through various roles.  As the Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Sector Strategy, Ayoka currently serves as the lead for City Colleges of Chicago ensuring that Chicago residents have access to supports, services, and opportunities related to post-secondary computer technology education, tech upskilling/career development training, and quality job placement in the tech workforce ecosystem.  Preceding her role with City Colleges, Ayoka was the Vice President of Bitwise Industries Chicago where she worked to establish the South Side as a competitive base for tech-talent and tech related business opportunities. Before her time with Bitwise, Samuels was appointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker to serve as the Executive Director for the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.  In this role, she was responsible for the stewardship of AmeriCorps funding for the State of Illinois while leading statewide volunteer efforts, including COVID-19 mitigation efforts, for Illinoisans.  Prior to her tenure as a public servant with the state, for 15 years she served as the Director of the Gary Comer Youth Center in Chicago’s Grand Crossing community providing programs and services for thousands of youth and their families annually since 2006. A native Chicagoan, Mrs. Mota Samuels studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communications and Education then later received a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. 

In addition to her academic accomplishments, Ayoka has served in the nonprofit sector professionally since 1993. The organizations where she has served include Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, BR&R Communications, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, and New Concept Development Center.  Additionally, Ayoka has been an advisor,  trainer, contributor, or consultant to several organizations, initiatives and coalitions over the years including After School Matters, UCAN, the Chicago Urban League, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Department of Support Services,  the Illinois Afterschool Network, The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, LISC, Habitat for Humanity, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. She has been a member of the Chicago Community Chorus, The Chicago Peace Hub and founding member of Antonio’s Response for Victims of Gun Violence. Additionally, she is a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, The Allstate Greater Good Nonprofit Leadership Program and the UBS Nonprofit Leadership Program at Northwestern University. Ayoka also serves as a board member of the Leadership Fellows Association of Leadership Greater Chicago, The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, former advisory board member for the Trauma Center at University of Chicago Medicine and chair of the Wright Connection (a family unity organization).  Ayoka enjoys her love of community with her husband Miguel Mota and son Eriks Mota Vasquez.

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Nikki Hale’s Biography: I grew up in England and moved to Chicago area in 1989 where I still reside with my wife Beth.

Punk rock was one of the emerging subcultures when I was a teenager. I lived in squats, was part of a youth housing group, worked in a record store and I volunteered at a community center. I did not know it then but those years were very important in setting the stage for how I show up in the world today. Themes that I value in my work today have their roots in those early days and were formed with the help of adults who challenged me to be my best self.

A spirit of collective collaboration.

Maintaining forward momentum.

Open to growing and increasing my impact on the world.

Finding a small but mighty support group.

Using my voice.

Creating my own maps.

You will find these reflected when I show up as your coach, facilitator or trainer.

I am a certified High Performance coach and I am certified to administer the Emotional Intelligence Assessment EQ-i2.0 which is part of my coaching practice.

I am an international trainer and facilitator.

I am also a work in progress!

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Additional Details

Cost - FREE

IAN Trainer - Ayoka Mota Samuels and Nikki Hale

IAN Parent Facilitator - N/A

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Date And Time

2024-03-27 @ 10:00 AM to
2024-03-27 @ 02:00 PM

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