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I hope this message finds you well and that the brighter days are a balm to your spirits! I am writing to share some updates on our ongoing efforts to transform our physical space here at the NEW Center. As we usher in Black History Month I am reminded that dreaming is a revolutionary act. We’ve been hard at work bringing our improved community-centric space – a place where dreams and action collide – to life. I’m humbled by the labor of so many that are committed to making this happen and are offering their gifts and brilliance with so much love! I’m also grateful for the support and patience that many of you have extended to me and the team as the development unfurls.
In late fall 2022, we put the word out that we were seeking a consultant to help guide us in our journey. Yes, though I have led others in strategic planning work, I wanted to be present in the process, not facilitate. I personally find it hard to guide others in generative discussion and be active in the exchange myself. I was also concerned about bringing my bias into the process, giving more room for ideas that aligned with my own. I knew I was too close to the work to lead the process in an open manner. NEW needed someone who understood our desire for intentional growth and deeper impact, while holding true to our values and approach…
In May 2023, I took on the role of Director of Consulting. I was new to the organization and new to the role. Not only being asked to lead a team of tenured consultants, but I was also faced with saying goodbye to a longtime team member and bringing in a new one. All within the first six (6) months of my work. Not to mention our CEO was leaving for sabbatical and our new fiscal year had just started! Like leaders at many other nonprofits, I was emerging into leadership in conditions created by the pandemic. I’ve been a consultant, a program manager, a crisis line worker, and an activist. However, this was my first foyer in the role of Director. I was equipped with skills, but was challenged with asking myself what it meant to lead. How do I move into supervising people who have been working with the agency for years prior to my joining?