The labor movement and the working class are at a critical and challenging moment. Three billionaires own more wealth than the bottom 50% of Americans. Living standards are diminishing as working folks stretch stagnating wages to meet higher-than-ever educational, housing, child care, and health care costs. Income inequality is the highest it has been since the Great Depression.
MBA and Executive Leadership programs promise to teach those seeking personal advancement how to manage staff and facilitate meetings. But leadership is not management. This is a class for people who want to lead the movement, who want to advance the working class, and who want to change the world.
In this class, you will develop your leadership by growing relationships. You will explore your identity and create your personal narrative. You will practice one to ones and difficult conversations. You will identify traits that enhance and detract from effective leadership. You will talk with union sisters, brothers, and siblings about their best practices and most difficult challenges. And you will engage in deep debate about how we build and inclusive and unified labor movement.