Disruptive Leadership - United Way BC

Disruptive Leadership

A program to support leaders to understand and demonstrate the values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI), and lead disruptive change in their organizations.

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Southern Interior Region

United Way British Columbia 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.” 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.

Disruptive Leadership includes 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
  • Offers multi-sectoral approach, ensuring diverse perspectives in a collaborative space
  • Includes 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 Change
  • 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

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 BC 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

Hear what past participants have to say: