Leaders and potential leaders,

It’s time again for the twice-yearly opportunity to calibrate your leadership.
No presentations or teaching – just 90 minutes of hand-on examination.

Do you have a scenario, that either has occurred or is going to occur, in which you saw or imagine yourself unable to handle well as a leader – and that you’d like to improve? If you answered “yes”, here’s your chance to bring your scenario to other leaders and community members.

The next session in the Community Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is:

The Leadership Practicum
Thursday, January 14th
7:00 to 9:00 ET / 4:00 to 6:00 PT 

Class held via Zoom call (call-in details found below)

[IMPORTANT:  For January and February we will be using a different Zoom meeting than we usually do – provided at the end of this email.]

Let us know you plan to attend.  Contact Tom Caruso ( tcaruso2@gmail.com )

The Leadership Practicum provides an opportunity to practice some aspect of leadership that is challenging for you, and to receive wisdom and suggestions from other leaders and the collective knowledge of the community.  This is a place to practice and play.During this 2-hour call, there will be time for at least one or two men to run though a practicum.

We will guide you through the following steps:
– Describe your scenario, including in what ways you do not feel on solid ground as a leader.
– Set up men to play roles in the scenario.
– Run the scenario with those men, with other men witnessing.
– Assess how you did, your strong and weak spots.
– Hear observations and reflections from other men about how you did.
– Receive suggestions and alternative ways to handle the scenario.
– Re-assess what you might do differently.If don’t have a scenario to work with, you are welcome to participate as a community member, to witness and/or offer your experience as a leader.HOW TO PREPARE:– Consider whether you would like to bring a scenario to work on improving.
– If so:
     – Get clear (before the call) on how to present the scenario, as clearly and succinctly as you can
     – Be ready to describe what roles other men on the call can play during the scenario.

     – Be open to feedback, reflections, suggestions, and alternatives.

Join us for this informative and educational session on a regular basis.  (Note that February’s class may be on a different Thursday.)

The CLDP Core Team:

Tom Caruso

Cal Simone





Let us know you plan to attend.  Contact Tom Caruso ( tcaruso2@gmail.com )

Sessions are held via Zoom call. 

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We are pleased to announce our third year of the Community Leadership Development Program (CLDP) – formerly the Community Leadership Training Program (CLTP).  We will continue to have our sessions on the second Thursday of each month, 7 to 9 PM ET., from September 2020 through July 2021.  You can find a summary of this year’s schedule below.  In this (CLDP) Syllabus for the 2020-2021 Season link, you can also find descriptions of each session.
While a few of our offerings will again be from Core Team members, this year we also have an assortment of other trainers leading sessions.  As in our first two years, these two-hour sessions will include opportunities for you to participate in conversations and exercises on each topic.  There is no fee or registration, we simply ask for donations if you find these sessions useful.  You will receive notification and instructions for each session at least one week before the scheduled session.
We hope you will join us for these regular sessions. Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing Tom Caruso (tcaruso2@gmail.com). 
CLDP Core Team
    Tom Caruso
    Cal Simone


Since October 2018, in monthly, two-hour sessions,  we have covered the following topics, and links to previously recorded sessions are available below:  

  1. The Community Leadership Development
  2. Program: An Introduction
  3. A Demonstration of How Zoom Breakouts Can be Used
  4. How to Do a Brainstorming Session
  5. Building Consensus Around a Vision Statement
  6. Building and Engaging Work Teams
  7. Leading with Vulnerability
  8. The Use of Boundaries in Leadership
  9. Holacracy as a Leadership Style
  10. Purpose, Vision & Mission
  11. Being Accountable
  12. Power and Leadership
  13. Two Leadership Practicums
  14. The Shadow of Leadership
  15. Managing Energy (while Leading)
  16. Managing Conflict 
  17. Challenge of Leadership  (+ Session Handout)

CLDP calls are meant to create a community of confident leaders within MKP-USA and other communities.

To meet this objective, the CLDP will: 

  • Provides leadership skills to support men ready to step into leadership roles.
  • Targets men in MKP who are interested in community leadership.
  • Meets monthly to present participants with leadership techniques.
  • Allows volunteers with leadership skills to design and deliver monthly presentations.
  • Develops additional presentations as requested by monthly participants,
  • Invites participants to support CLDP calls based on the benefits received.
For more information about the CLDP, see the Community of Leadership Program Description or watch this video:  The Community Leadership Development Program: An Introduction

 We invite you to commit to our monthly CLDP Zoom calls and support the growing of healthy communities in MKP-USA. In addition, a contribution of any amount greatly supports the CLDP.  You can support the program by making a general donation to the MidAtlantic MKP USA Area at:  MKPConnect.org


When donating, make these selections correctly {in bold}:

    GIFT AMOUNT:  $$$$

   SELECT:  Midtalantic MKP USA Area  

   EMAIL ADDRESS:  <email>

Share your donation receipt with Tom Caruso:  tcaruso2@gmail.com

We hope you will join us for this informative and educational presentations on a regular basis. 
You can view the syllabus of all upcoming CLDP presentations here:  CLDP Syllabus 2020