L.E.A.D.S. stands for the GFWC Leadership Education and Development Seminar. There are two ways your club can participate in LEADS in 2020.

  1. As a member of the NJSFWC, you are entitled to nominate a member to attend LEADS. If selected she will attend the GFWC Leadership, Education and Development Seminar at the GFWC Convention in Atlanta, GA in June. Click here for LEADS Application- Form 2020. Forms are due to Headquarters by January 1, 2020.
  2. Club officers and members who want to develop their leadership skills can attend a mini-LEADS seminar, “Leadership Skills Are for Everyone,” on February 1 at Headquarters. Click here for our Mini Leads Workshop flyer. You must call in your registration to Headquarters by January 23.

All About LEADS

The purpose of LEADS is to identify members at the local level who have the potential and desire to assume leadership positions in their State Federations and/or GFWC on the national level. Participation in GFWC LEADS can help up-and-coming leaders gain the capabilities, confidence, and commitment necessary to pursue and achieve higher offices and serve with distinction.

One attendee from each State Federation is eligible to participate in the annual GFWC LEADS program. GFWC demonstrates its commitment to training leaders by funding a portion of the candidates’ expenses. In addition, State Federations also offers to fund a portion of expenses. LEADS candidates are asked to be responsible for a portion of expenses as an affirmation of their personal commitment to their leadership development and training.

Candidates should demonstrate leadership capabilities at the club level and a commitment to the Federation. They should be involved in their club’s programs and projects. They should have an interest in pursuing higher leadership positions and be willing to share information gained from participation in LEADS with others. Interested members should not have held positions at or beyond the state level. Members are not eligible to attend more than once.

Applications can be found in the October ALMANAC or on the NJSFWC Website and are due January 1, 2020. This is not limited to club presidents so please share this information with your membership. Contact this Officer if you need further information.

–Jan Hanson, NJSFWC President-Elect