Zonta International is committed to the ongoing growth and development in knowledge and competencies of Zonta leaders and officers at all levels of the organization to support effectiveness and relevance for today and tomorrow. Established during the 2014-2016 Biennium, the Zonta Leadership Program is designed to provide Zonta members with organizational knowledge, personal and professional development and opportunities to expand their leadership. Globally, Zonta members have created training materials and presentations to build better clubs and presents this at leadership training workshops worldwide.
Today, we are living in uncertain times, and for most of Zonta clubs worldwide, uncharted waters. The COVID-19 pandemic has organizations like Zonta struggling to adapt, plan and deliver the same level of service to its beneficiaries while abiding by the stringent measures imposed to keep the pandemic at bay. Zonta clubs are re-thinking, re-tooling and re-designing programs as quickly as possible to build resilience and agility, and come out of the COVID-19 crisis stronger.
To best prepare Zonta leaders, Zonta District 17 hosted various online learning and leadership sessions that would normally have been presented face-to-face at leadership training workshops . These sessions, intended to improve leadership skills, offer confidence in the exercise of Zonta governance and enable officers to become effective leaders, improve communication, and gain insights on creating a healthy, productive club environment were conducted virtually. At a number of virtual meetings district officers and past Zonta dignitaries offered tips and techniques to assist incoming club, area and district officers become responsive, creative and innovative leaders to benefit its membership and beneficiaries.
Various modules discussed and re-emphasized Zonta’s core values, mission and vision biennium goals, duties of board directors and officers, what every club board needs to know, the overall responsibilities and secrets of a successful board. Club board members were challenged to lead their individual clubs towards a sustainable future, by adopting sound, ethical, and good governance practices.