The first MALLI retreat focused on Strengthening Individual Leadership and included 30 participants from labor union and partner organizations from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland/DC, and Delaware. This new, year-long program was created by the National AFL-CIO. And the MALLI curriculum is a joint effort of a group of labor education programs with long and strong ties to the labor movement: Penn State University, Rutgers University/Labor Education Action Research Now (LEARN) and Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO), West Virginia University, and Cornell University.
MALLI seeks to bring labor leaders and allied organization leaders who have significant leadership responsibilities together in order to:
- create a space for relationship building and problem-solving around organizational effectiveness, movement building, and personal leadership skills;
- explore more effective ways for the labor movement to meet the diverse and serious challenges we face today;
- engage in strategic conversations about how to build a powerful workers' movement for the 21st century.
Two additional retreats are scheduled for June 2017, at Penn State University focused on Leading & Transforming Your Organization, and the final retreat will be held in September 2017, near Stockton University in New Jersey highlighting the importance of Building a Dynamic & Inclusive Movement.