Disruptive Leadership

Disruptive Leadership

Are you looking for ways to embed Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) values in your organization?

Do you want to train and support leaders to manage disruptive organizational change?

Do you have emerging and experienced leaders who want to participate in an innovative program developed for and with the Kelowna area community?

A Multi-Sectoral Leadership Opportunity

The United Way BC (UWBC) and KCR Community Resources (KCR) are proud to launch the second iteration of Disruptive Leadership, an innovative, systems-challenging program that the premiere participants called “transformative”, “personal and meaningful” and “so powerful” (please see video testimonials at the below). Disruptive Leadership was created to support leaders to learn, practice and apply the values of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) within themselves, their organizations and their community.

Dates & Details

Registration deadline:  October 11, 2023
Payment is due on official acceptance to the program

Sessions will be held on the first Tuesday of every month* from November 2023 to April 2024.
*except January session, which is on January 9
*except April session, which is on April 16

Session Dates: November 7, December 5, January 9, February 6, March 5, April 16

In-person attendance is critical. Missing 1-2 classes may mean withdrawal from the program without a refund.

Disruptive Leadership will include six full-day sessions constructed to build leadership skills on the foundation of JEDI values. The program: 
  • links you to regional connections and resources that will support the ongoing work as you activate your learning;
  • includes a development evaluation framework to ensure that participant and facilitator feedback is used to adapt and enhance the program;
  • is multi-sectoral, ensuring diverse perspectives in a collaborative space;
  • offers both JEDI and Leadership one-on-one mentoring.

Should You Apply?

YES … if you are keen and interested in

  • Leading the disruption of systems
  •  Embedding JEDI values in your organization and community

*Individuals or 2-3-member teams, from small, medium and large; non-profit, for profit, local government and public institutions, may apply. Applicants will be interviewed and the cohort will be made up of not more than 20 people that have been chosen for their intersectionality and diversity.

Session Topics* include:

  • JEDI Language, Community Agreements, Land Acknowledgements and Colonialism
  • Disruptive Leadership with a JEDI Lens
  • Personal Awareness and Leadership
  • Language Matters: JEDI in Communication
  • Navigating Representation & Tokenism
  • Leaders and Allies in JEDI work
  • Coalition Building and Disruptive Chang
  • JEDI and Organizational Change Models
  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Continuing the Journey and the Work

*Additional topics may be added, depending on cohort needs and dynamics .

What’s in it for organizations and participants?


Will develop and enhance a systems approach to managing organizational change which has a positive impact on racism, sexism, inequality, poverty, and lack of fairness in the workplace and the community.


Will have the opportunity to:

  • Build personal awareness of and openness to understanding their biases and frames of reference that affect how they develop, maintain and enhance relationships with others who are different than them,
  • Analyze, evaluate and develop leadership systems and processes to support their organization to practice justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity.
  • Develop and practice using adaptive systems, processes and approaches that will support organizational disruption, learning and change.
  • Build relationships and ways of continuing collaborating with fellow program participants and facilitators, and continue to seek coaching and support after the program ends.

            More information is available by contacting Dorothee Birker or Heather Stewart at disrupt@kcr.ca

            Program Cost

            Cost for organizations per participant will be pro-rated on a sliding scale through discussion with each organization. The full program cost is $3,000 per participant. United Way is subsidizing tuition costs on a sliding scale, based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees in the organization.

            An invoice for payment will be issued after registration.

            Sliding scale: $500 to $1200

            The following table provides an overview of the range of costs per participant. Final tuition amounts will be discussed with each organization.

            Organization size Sliding Scale Cost
            Has fewer than 25 FTE  $500
            Has between 25-99 FTE $800
            Has over 100+ FTE $1,200
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