2017 LEAD Training Program

This summer AFGE will introduce three new classes at the first National LEAD Training Conference in Chicago. These new classes will focus on advanced skills needed to build strong, effective locals. The 2017 LEAD Training will be held at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, IL, July 16 through July 21, 2017. The training is four days long; travel days are Sunday, July 16 and Friday, July 21. 

To learn more about the LEAD Training Conference and the standardized training curriculum, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/cvq6hp

About the LEAD Training Program

The LEAD training model is a standardized, tiered training curriculum designed to build the skills and knowledge needed to lead stronger, more effective locals.  

Standardized Classes help ensure every member who completes a training possesses the foundational knowledge needed to be successful in a leadership role. 

Tiered Levels of instruction range from introductory to advanced so that more experienced members continue to build skills. 

OUTCOME: AFGE Leaders and Activists are trained, engaged and prepared to lead in the 21st century. 

ACCESS: Train more members and create new opportunities for learning and engagement (online and in the classroom)

SKILLS: Develop future leaders and activists through high level skills training. 

TECHNOLOGY Develop leaders who are technologically proficient and able to employ digital tools and strategies that will organize, educate and engage members.

METRICS: Track progress and measure overall effectiveness of AFGE’s training programs. 

Skills and Competencies

  • Leadership and Mentoring
  • Systems Thinking and Organizational Development
  • Communications and Instructional Technologies
  • Team Building and Conflict Resolution
  • Organizing, Mobilizing and Member Engagement

Training Online and in Person 

The LEAD training combines online learning tools and technology with traditional classroom training so that AFGE can reach more members and equip them for union leadership in the 21st century. AFGE members will be able to complete introductory training online using AFGE Learn, our new learning management system (LMS).  AFGE Learn will be a personalized one-stop online shop for all online trainings, resources, manuals and training schedules.   


Because the Level 2 classes build on knowledge acquired in Level 1 classes, all participants must complete the Level 1 class prior to enrolling in a Level 2 class.  If you have completed Level 1 New Leaders, Representation, Online Stewards, Collective Bargaining: Legal Frameworks, or Basic Workers Compensation, then you are eligible to enroll in the Level 2 classes listed below. Because the LEAD training will be co-located with the District 7 Training, both Level 1 and Level 2 classes will be available to attendees.

All LEAD participants will receive training on the LMS (Learning Management System), AFGE Learn, so that they can access online resources. Technology workshops in digital communications, social media, virtual training software, as well as variety of useful productivity tools for tablets and smartphones will also be offered.  

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