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  • Writer's pictureScarlet Spark Team

Introducing: People Skills for Animal People 2023

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

Build a great workplace for people. Save more animals.

Goats enjoying their flowery meal.

Are you a leader at an organization dedicated to helping animals? Starting on June 22, 2023 at 17:00 - 19:00 GMT (12pm - 2pm ET), Scarlet Spark is launching People Skills for Animal People: a new leadership program that amplifies your ability to save more animals by creating a great workplace for humans.

How will it help?

The program is designed to make an impact on multiple levels:

  • Short-term results: more confidence in your leadership skills, an easier (and more enjoyable) time getting results, improved employee performance, engagement, alignment, and productivity

  • Long-term results: a more sustainable, scalable, and impactful organization, along with healthy leadership habits within the animal welfare and protection movement

What is it?

People Skills for Animal People consists of hands-on workshops and virtual office hours:

  • Workshops: A biweekly series of 2-hour, live, virtual workshops from 17:00 - 19:00 GMT (12pm - 2pm ET) that will follow 2 tracks:


Track A: Leadership Skills


Track B: Org System Skills

Jun 22

1. Leadership Skill Essentials



July 6

2. Strategic Thinking & Planning Skills

July 20

1. Strategic Planning Systems

Aug 3

3. Prioritization & Time Effectiveness

Aug 17

2. Goal-Setting & Tracking Systems

Sept 7

4. Coaching & Development Skills

Sept 21

3. Employee Development Systems

Oct 12

5. Feedback & Calibration Skills

Oct 26

4. Performance Assessment

Nov 9

6. Equity & Inclusion Skills

Nov 30

5. Recruiting & Hiring Systems

This is a choose-your-own-adventure program. Pick one focus or follow both tracks. Join just the sessions that are most pressing or – for best results – collect them all!

  • Office hours: Biweekly virtual office hours related to each workshop topic. Bring your leadership questions and challenges for real-time support from Scarlet Spark advisors and your peers from other animal-loving orgs. We've started office hours for general leadership and organizational challenges. You can sign up here today.

Why these topics?

We know you’ve got lives to save and to-do lists to conquer. So, we’ve selected the topics that give you the highest return on time invested:

  • Biggest impact: We zero in on the skills that matter most when time and resources are scarce. Think of the program as a rapid expansion pack to your capacity for making a lasting impact through your work (without burning people out in the process).

  • Most urgent needs: We also surveyed more than 60 animal charities across 17 countries to identify the skills that meet your most urgent needs. (Thank you for your input!) We’ll focus on the skills with the highest demand in our workshops.

Who’s it for?

Individuals with leadership responsibilities at animal-related charities.

  • The Leadership Skills track will be most helpful to individuals in executive, director, and manager roles – though we also welcome folks with informal leadership responsibilities.

  • The Org System Skills track will be best suited to founders, executives, operations, and HR leaders.

How much does it cost?

The market value of this program is $2,750. The cost is fully sponsored* for animal advocacy nonprofits.

Why are we offering these services at no cost?

We believe in abundance. Great leadership shouldn't be a privilege in a movement that is already under-resourced. Because effective leaders are impact multipliers, we want to offer organizations a chance to improve their leadership, culture, and systems without overtaxing their budgets.

Who is behind the program?

Scarlet Spark is a nonprofit dedicated to the people side of the animal protection movement. We help build workplaces that lead all animals to flourish, humans included. Learn more about us here! You can also check out our co-founder’s best-selling book on leadership skills here.

Our programs are designed based on peer-reviewed research in organizational psychology, along with our experience advising hundreds of companies and teaching thousands of adults. Our mission is to make it easier for you to reach yours.

How will participants be selected?

To create a hands-on experience, spots are limited to 30 people. We will prioritize a broad representation of mission-aligned orgs for maximum impact.

When is the application deadline?

Friday, May 26, 2023

What if I'm waitlisted?

We will let you know if you're off the waitlist by June 9, 2023.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed, but please sign up for our newsletter if you'd like to be informed of future program opportunities!

*Supported in part through grants from Open Philanthropy and Humane America Animal Foundation

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