Listening, Learning, Reassessing: Translating Potential to Effectiveness


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Successful organizations and people have at least one thing in common: they are honest with themselves about their strengths and limitations. As executive director of a mid-sized foundation, I know we do not possess the human capital or spending power to single-handedly turn around a low-performing school district, transform a continuum of care for homeless families, or align a workforce-to-livable-wage ecosystem. As such, we work tirelessly to build both public and private partnerships as well as leverage subject matter experts in pursuit of those goals.

Over the years, I have been privileged to work with high-performing grantee partners, attend national conferences, participate in peer-to-peer exchanges, join learning communities, and meet foundation leaders across the country. Through my travels and work, I am constantly reminded that no organization or person is an island; we cannot do it alone.

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