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Community of Practice 
Trauma-Informed Leadership and Workplace

Creating 1Million Trauma-Informed Leaders by 2031 and changing the way we lead in this country cannot happen unless leaders, organizations, and systems learn from each other’s successes and failures. This requires a platform for asking and answering tough and necessary questions such as: how do I balance meeting corporate output goals and creating an emotionally safe working environment at the same time? Using her Trauma-Informed Leadership and Workplace National Standards as a foundation to change, Dr. Dawn Emerick facilitates a monthly trauma-informed leadership and workplace learning community to provide a means for today's workforce to set goals, share results, and cultivate not only each other, but also new ideas in creating a Do No Harm approach to leadership. 

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What Does a Community of Practice Do?​

  • It connects people. Learning communities convene change agents across sectors, disciplines, and geographies to connect, share ideas and results, and learn from each other. Communities may work together in-person and virtually.

  • It sets goals and measures collective progress. These communities align participants around common goals, metrics (ways of measuring achievement), theories of change, and areas of practice.

  • It enables shared learning. Communities share learning from both successful and unsuccessful experiences to deepen collective knowledge.

  • It supports distributed leadership. The scope of a learning community allows it to offer a wide range of leadership roles and skill-building opportunities.

  • It accelerates progress toward impact at scale. These communities facilitate fast-cycle learning, measure results to understand what works for whom, and bring together the key stakeholders who can achieve systems-level change.

A community of practice is a term created in 1993 by cognitive anthropologists Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave.

They define a community of practice as: “A group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”

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