Management Essentials Series

A Roadmap for Managing People

Management Essentials

Accelerate your management knowledge, skills and insight. 

Managing people can be rewarding and quite challenging. Join expert facilitators and peers for this informative, supportive, and engaging professional growth experience. This five-session learning series is designed to support any nonprofit professional who manages people. Ideal for newly promoted managers as well as managers with experience.

Spring 2022 dates: March 17 – April 14.

Program Details

Fall 2021 Schedule

Whether you are entering a management role for the first time or have been managing people for years, this session will provide a helpful framework. Learn about the unique role of manager and gain knowledge about management principles, management and leadership styles, and how emotional intelligence supports performance.

Transparent and authentic communication is the best way to build trust, motivate and engage employees. This includes giving and receiving feedback, setting clear goals, and measuring performance. This session will also include HR Fundamentals for managers. 

Today’s workplace demands managers who are conscious, competent, and strategic in diversity, inclusion and equity principles and practices. This session will enhance your awareness and provide management concepts that create an environment of support and belonging for all your employees.

This session will focus on applying management concepts and tools to real scenarios with a focus on effective problem-solving, leading with compassion and empathy, team-building, collaboration, delegation, and more.

Explore the manager’s role as coach and how to build a coaching culture and practice within your team. Learn coaching approaches and the art of powerful questions. Register for Day 5 Only

Cancellation policy: If plans change and you are no longer able to attend, we will transfer your enrollment and payment to the next program cycle. Funds must be applied and used within a 6 (six) month period. We do not offer refunds. 


CVNL Management Essentials Series Instructor Kim Brown Sims
Kim Brown Sims
KBS Leadership Consulting


Kim is the CEO and Founder of KBS Leadership Consulting. She holds an MBA and is licensed as a registered and public health nurse.

Kim is double board certified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Nurse Executive Advanced through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

She has been in leadership roles for over three decades and has a passion for creating equitable, empowered and inclusive business cultures.

Shannon Hughes. Enlivened Studies. Communications Boot Camp: Communicating with Transparency and Impact
Shannon Hughes
Enlivened Studios


Shannon is a facilitator and speaker with a calling to enliven creativity, confidence, and easeful collaboration in teams of all shapes and sizes.

In her practice, Enlivened Studios, she uses experiential teaching practices to break down cross-team silos and embolden transformational leadership.

With 20+ years of corporate marketing and HR strategy experience, plus a lifetime of proven leadership, performance, and creative devotion, Shannon combines skill + heart into every Enlivened Studios session. 

Through this work, she’s on a mission to help people live fully, lead consciously and impact the world with joy and collective aliveness. 

CVNL Management Essentials Instructor Patricia Murillo
Patricia Murillo
Chief Program Officer, CVNL


Patricia brings over 25 years of progressive nonprofit leadership experience effectively leading organizations and initiatives to greater impact. She is passionate about designing and facilitating people-centered learning experiences.

With a background in education, social work, and organizational development, she has worked on equity and social justice issues throughout her career.

As a first generation Latina who came up from working the fields in Watsonville, she has been on a mission to provide support and opportunities for marginalized communities and give back to the many hands that uplifted her throughout her education and career. leaders on board governance, succession planning, and leadership development.

Samantha Pungprakearti
Associate, Carle Mackie Power & Ross LLP

Samantha Pungprakearti  is a litigation attorney focusing on employment law and business disputes. Ms. Pungprakearti is a vigorous advocate in and out of Court with extensive experience in all phases of litigation, including depositions and mediations.

Before coming to the firm, she was a partner in what is now Quintana Hanafi, LLP in San Francisco, California. Ms. Pungprakearti has deep experience in representing clients in employment matters, including cases involving discrimination (disability, sexual orientation, sex, HIV status, race, national origin, etc.), retaliation, CFRA/FMLA leave issues as well as a panoply of wage and hour claims. Beyond litigation, Ms. Pungprakearti takes great pride in advising clients on employment matters, to make California a better place to work and do business.

Ms. Pungprakearti has been honored as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine every year from 2013 to 2019. Samantha is a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association and past member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, San Mateo County Bar Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

CVNL Management Essentials
Ireri Valenzuela
Director of Leading from the Middle and Senior Researcher

Ireri Valenzuela supports the development of emerging middle leaders by creatively blending her passion for organizational change, team coaching, qualitative research, adult education, and program design. To create brave spaces where all voices are heard, Ireri guides efforts to establish equity-centered institutions where minoritized communities can succeed and thrive. Highlights of her experience include systems change, evidence-based decision-making, leadership, and team development, building trust and credibility with people across different roles and socioeconomic statuses. Further, she is an expert in creating and tailoring curriculum, training, and written materials for diverse audiences, designing, implementing, evaluating, and managing complex programs and projects. Ireri’s commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice is central to who she is and is the lens through which she approaches her work.  

For the past 17 years, Ireri has supported equity-centered structural reform efforts in higher education. In 2014, Ireri joined the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges as a Senior Researcher to evaluate a 5-year, $30 million statewide initiative, the Education Planning Initiative, funded by the California Legislature. In this role, she also engages in qualitative research to elevate the voices and needs of diverse student populations in community colleges inequitably served by these institutions. In 2017, in addition to her position as senior researcher, Ireri became the Lead Coaching Coordinator for the Leading from the Middle Academy (LFM), a change-focused leadership development program. LFM develops and equips middle leaders from California Community Colleges with skills and strategies to “lead from the middle” to advance efforts to close equity gaps in student success and completion. Most recently, Ireri has moved into the director role for the Leading from the Middle program. 

Ireri is bilingual in Spanish/English. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Adult Education from San Francisco State University. Ireri is also a certified team performance coach from Team Coaching International. Ireri grew up in Mexico City and San Francisco, California. 

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If you have any questions about Learning & Leadership Development or other CVNL training opportunities, contact:

Melissa Hersh at mhersh@cvnl.org