Political Acuity: Connecting the Dots

This workshop is specifically designed for public sector leaders and staff who wish to move into leadership roles.

Building your political acuity will help you and your team to influence decisions, achieve organizational objectives and deliver results.

This one-day workshop will cultivate your political acuity by developing the skills and knowledge you need to navigate the complex formal and informal systems within your municipality as well as the external political environment.

Bring this Workshop In-House

Contact Christie Herrington,
Director, Education

Email Christie

What You Will Learn

  • Your professional ethical responsibilities, including conflict of interest.
  • Working together internally with various departments to get the best results.
  • Maintaining a high level of professionalism in every situation.
  • The boundaries between staff and elected officials and their different roles.
  • The external political system and the differing roles of the three levels of government.
  • The value of complying with current policy and legislation.
  • The ideology of political systems and how this affects decisions.


This workshop is delivered via Zoom over two mornings, and includes individual and group exercises, case studies and discussion that draws upon the experience of those in the workshop and the workshop facilitator’s knowledge and practical examples.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be of interest to Social Service staff who make key decisions and especially to those that write reports for council and other levels of government.

In your jobs you must consult and liaise across departments, levels and interests and this workshop will give you some helpful, perspectives and strategies. Learning how to navigate the tensions that exist inside and outside your organization will serve you well.

About the Facilitator

Ronna Hope Warsh has a depth of experience in human services in a variety of leadership roles. She has worked in non-profit agencies, and in both front-line and senior management roles at the municipal and provincial levels of government. During her tenure, she collaborated with numerous health and social service agencies.

She has been on several Boards of Directors and was the founding president of the Windsor Family Health Team.

During her career, Ronna secured millions of dollars which helped to build better communities for vulnerable people.

Ronna has mentored and developed many staff that blossomed into great leaders. She has developed strong collaborative teams who have worked with her to improve service delivery. She understands the changing landscape in the non-profit/public sector world and is a strategic thinker. Throughout her career, Ronna has been an authentic leader who has always acted with integrity. She consistently brings passion to her work and seeks input from others as an effective leader.

Ronna worked for the Province of Ontario and held the position of Community Development and Health Commissioner for the City of Windsor for 8 years where she was responsible for 850 staff and a budget of $250 million.

Ronna received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association and a Community Service Award from Community Living Windsor. In 2014, she was appointed to the Ontario College of Teachers as a Board member.

Ronna has a coaching certificate from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching, and she provides coaching to people on an individual basis, enabling them to attain their leadership goals and when requested, to transition their careers. Recently she has become a trauma-informed coach. Ronna has delivered successful leadership and board governance workshops and consulted on progressive projects.