Management Essentials Series

A Roadmap for Managing People

Management Essentials

Accelerate your management knowledge, skills and insight. 

Earn a Certificate of Completion in Management Essentials!

Spring 2023: February 16 – March 16.

Five half-day sessions, 9am – 12pm. Via Zoom.

Find your management road map with the Management Essentials series.  

Join expert facilitators and peers for this informative, supportive, and engaging professional growth experience. Pick and choose individual sessions (with the exception of Day 5) or register for all five days at a significant discount and earn a Certificate of Completion.  

This five-session learning series is designed to support any nonprofit professional who manages people. Ideal for newly promoted managers, experienced managers, and management teams. Register here for the full package, or follow the links under each day to attend individual sessions. 

CVNL announces new scholarships for BIPOC nonprofit leaders in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties. Learn more

Program Details

Spring 2023 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 the manager and gain knowledge about management principles, management and leadership styles, and how emotional intelligence supports performance. Apply for the single session here.

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. Apply for the single session here.

Today’s workplace demands managers 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 for all your employees.
Apply for the single session here.

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.
Apply for the single session here.

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.
Apply for the single session here.

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. 


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. 

Elaine Tokolahi
CVNL Director, Volunteer Services

Elaine is a third-generation Marin resident and has over a decade of experience empowering volunteers and nonprofits. She began her career as a Tonga National Volunteer, where she served as a high school teacher in the South Pacific. Inspired by her experience, she went on to manage the Tonga National Volunteer Service’s host organization, the Tonga National Youth Congress, as its first Director.

While in that role, she was appointed to international committees affiliated with the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations, where she advocated for the inclusion of young people’s rights into public policy. Upon returning to the US, she worked at the Global Fund for Women where she helped women’s rights organizations in Asia and the Pacific secure core funding. Elaine’s career took a local turn when she became a Partnership Specialist for immigrant and rural communities at the US Census Bureau, where she focused on building partnerships with grassroots leaders.

She then spent close to five years at the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, focusing her efforts on making national programming relevant to local underserved communities. She also spent those years supervising nearly a dozen AmeriCorps members, which she found absolutely rewarding. Before joining CVNL, Elaine was the Director of Programs at San Francisco Community Agencies Responding to Disaster (SF CARD), where she provided award-wining consulting services to nonprofits and faith-based organizations in emergency planning and continuity planning.

Theresa Hamilton-Casalegno
Certified Executive Coach, Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute, UC, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Effective leadership requires dedication, introspection, and meticulous planning. At Hamilton & Associates, we provide customized executive coaching for entrepreneurs, top-level corporate executives, and mid-level associates in all industries, tailored to your specific work style and designed to help you achieve your short-and long-term leadership goals.

As a top-level executive for more than 30 years, Hamilton & Associates CEO, Theresa Hamilton has experienced firsthand the challenges that come with leadership. It’s this personal insight and understanding she brings to every coaching engagement –helping you to identify the tools and traits that can make you more effective, more engaged, and ultimately more fulfilled.

“I believe that becoming a true leader is far more than a process or program. It’s a journey of self-discovery and awareness. One shaped by inspiration, yet grounded in reality.”

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. 

Ines DeLuna
CVNL Manager, Volunteer Engagement & Disaster Services – Napa

Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Ines DeLuna has been very involved in community empowerment and education throughout the State of California, and has over 20 years of experienced leadership.

Ines took her first leap into public office in 2003 when she was elected to the Saint Helena School Board and served our students and educators for nearly a decade. In 2011, she continued her service as a community representative at the Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Napa Valley Vine Trail Board, and the Mexican-American Vintners Association. 

Fast forward to today, she continues her spirit of service as a board member of F.I.E.L.D by Cesar Chavez, President of the Napa County Latinx Democratic Club, and the elected Area 6 Trustee for the Napa Valley College. Ines holds these family values close, and brings them to every activity she is engaged with: courage, hard work, service, unity, and compassion. 

Ines has also accumulated decades of public service focused on local businesses, education, and making her community a welcoming place for people of every background.

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