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People Skills for Animal People 2024: Leadership Skills

Updated: Apr 23

Foster a great workplace. Help more animals.

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Are you an executive leader at an organization dedicated to helping animals? Starting on April 30th at 7pm - 9pm ET (May 1st at 8:00 - 10:00 UTC+8), Scarlet Spark is launching Cohort 3 of People Skills for Animal People (PSAP): a leadership skills 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

How is it different from 2023?

This year, we will invite participants to join only one track at a time: Leadership Skills or Organizational Systems.

Cohorts 3 and 4 in 2024 will also be significantly smaller (~15 participants) so that we can provide more personalized instruction, hands-on practice, and community building through peer support.

We also hope to be more accessible to leaders in time zones we haven't yet served.

The Leadership Skills track will begin in April.

The Organizational Systems track will begin in September with applications opening in July.

What is it?

People Skills for Animal People consists of virtual, live, hands-on workshops delivered every other week on Tuesdays at 7pm - 9pm ET (Wednesdays at 8:00 - 10:00 UTC + 8) check what time this is in your timezone here:


Leadership Skills

April 30

1. Orientation & Cohort Introduction

May 14

2. Leadership Essentials

May 28

3. Coaching & Development Skills

June 11

4. Feedback & Calibration Skills

June 25

5. Time Effectiveness & Prioritization Skills

July 9

6. Strategic Thinking Skills

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?

The Leadership Skills Track (Cohort 3) is for executive leaders (e.g., E.D., Founder, Chief ___ Officer). We are focusing on these roles in particular to provide role-relevant support and enable a safe space to learn with and from peers.

The Organizational Systems Track (Cohort 4) is for individuals with org system building roles (e.g., E.D., HR, People Ops).

How much does it cost?

The market value of this program is $2,750 and fully sponsored* and free to leaders in animal protection!

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. (Our amazing funders agree!)

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!

Our programs are designed based on peer-reviewed research in organizational psychology, along with our experience advising hundreds of companies and teaching thousands of leaders.

How will participants be selected?

To create a hands-on experience, seats will be limited to approximately 15 leaders to participate. We will prioritize broad representation of mission-aligned orgs for maximum impact (including diversity in theories of change, org sizes, and animals served).

When is the application deadline?

Friday, March 29, 2024

How do I apply?

If you are an executive leader at a nonprofit that helps animals and enjoy learning in a hands-on environment through a mix of expert instruction and peer support, fill out the application here.

*Supported through grants from Open Philanthropy, Effective Altruism Funds, the Greenbaum Foundation, and Phauna.

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