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!

2024 Summer Schedule : May 9 – June 6.

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.
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. 
CVNL is pleased to offer partial scholarships to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and under-represented individuals who are nonprofit staff or volunteers serving in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties.

These scholarships are made available by generous grants from the Peter A., and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, the Solano Community Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, and U.S. Bank. For more information on scholarships, please contact us at

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Program Details


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 


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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