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President's Message

 


There’s a lot on my plate in the coming months. In 2014, I will be traveling to Mexico, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, and will take a couple of trips within the U.S. And that’s only what is scheduled so far! All that future travel is making me feel exhausted today. I’m laughing at myself, because I’m having anticipatory fatigue -- even though I’m looking forward to all of those trips, and am sure that each will be enjoyable in its own way. I’m struck by the fact that I’m feeling tired before they happen, an indication to me that I’m not being in the moment, which is, frankly, silly. It’s a waste of my time, spirit, and energy to anticipate being tired.

The truth is I’ll most likely have plenty of energy for my travels, and this story I’m telling myself: “Oh, I’m getting older. I’m slowing down a bit. I’m not going to have the stamina,” isn’t true.  If I take a breath and notice how I am in this moment, the reality is, yes, I’m a little tired from a busy week, but essentially I’m fine. I’ve got an interesting day ahead of me, and if I stay present for this moment, I have all of the energy I need. 

How much of the exhaustion we as leaders feel is based not in the moment, but in remembering times when we were tired in the past, or in anticipating being tired in the future? The same can be said for fear. Based on past challenges, I can become fearful about the future when, in this moment, things are perfectly blissful and safe. As leaders, it’s important to remember to bring ourselves back to the present, and to meet each moment as it occurs, rather than worry, fear, or feel tired ahead of time. If we can keep our attention on this moment, we have the potential to be more effective, and experience much more joy in our work.

I invite you to notice:

  • How are you in this moment? Not tomorrow. Not yesterday. Now. How’re you doing? Are you all right? If so, enjoy and embrace the feeling.
  • If you’re not OK, what would it take to be all right in this moment?

Staying present in current time is an essential leadership skill. It’s where our resilience lies. It saves us from overwhelm, unnecessary stress and fears for the future. Leading from the “now” allows us to savor each moment and to make the most of our precious and important lives. It’s how we change the world.

From my heart to yours.

Akaya
May 2014

How do you bring yourself back to this moment when you start to feel anticipatory fatigue, or fear? Share your experience on the Rockwood blog.

 



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ALUMS IN THE NEWS


Rockwood Leaders Changing the World

Annie Leonard (former Co-Director, Story of Stuff Project) is the new Executive Director of Greenpeace USA.

Deborah Cullinan (Executive Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Gino Pastori-Ng (Co-Director, Youth Seed) was selected as one of the 50 under 40 Cohort for the 2014 Social Enterprise Alliance Summit.

Hagai El-Ad (former Executive Director, ACRI) is the new Executive Director of B'Tselem. He reflected on his six years at ACRI on the New Israel Fund blog.

Lourdes Hunter (Co-Founder/Senior Director, Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater New York) was one of several activists recognized at the 2014 New York City Anti-Violence Project's Community Heroes Award Ceremony. A photo of Hunter speaking during the New York LGBT Equality and Justice Day 2014 in Albany, NY was captured by Times Union.

Pamela Shifman (former Director of Initiatives for Girls and Women, NoVo Foundation) is the new Executive Director of the NoVo Foundation.

Trystan Reese, the new Director of Development at Immigration Equality, was interviewed for the Razoo Giving blog.

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FELLOWSHIP

2012/13 Fellowship for a New California


Fellowship for a New California: Call for Nominations

Rockwood Leadership Institute is proud to announce the 3rd Fellowship for a New California: Developing Leaders of Immigrant Communities with the support of the California Endowment, California Wellness Foundation, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, and Irvine Foundation.

To nominate a leader for the 2014/15 Fellowship, please send an email with the name, title, organization and email address of the nominee, along with a brief description of how they meet the program’s criteria to f4nc@rockwoodleadership.org by June 23, 2014. You can learn more about the 2014/15 Fellowship for a New California by clicking here.

 




UPCOMING TRAINING

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Art of Leadership in 2014/15

"What I learned about authentic communication is going to make my team a lot healthier, and also revolutionize my life, and my ability to have authentic relationships." - Sara Critchfield, Editorial Director, Upworthy

The 2014/2015 Art of Leadership schedule through April 2015 is up! The remaining 2014 sessions are filling up quickly, so don't delay; apply today.  You can learn more about the Art of Leadership by clicking here.

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Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about the program. You can review the five-day agenda here.




UPCOMING TRAINING

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Advanced Art of Leadership in CA and DC Area

"I have already integrated a profound practice of beginning each day and long meetings with a deeper mindfulness. Being rooted in my purpose and my own leadership commitments is a phenomenal meta frame for my day-to-day work." - Mei-ying Williams, Operations Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

Rockwood alum: please share with your Art of Leadership cohorts that we have two Advanced Art of Leadership trainings coming up (one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast). At past Advanced sessions, some alum have coordinated with the friends they made at the Art of Leadership, so that they can go through the Advanced Art of Leadership at the same time. You can learn more about Advanced Art of Leadership by clicking here.

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Art of Leadership for Women in Racial Justice and Human Rights

"I feel transformed in my leadership. This is the most artfully executed leadership development training I have participated in." - Brianna Twofoot, Vice President, Diversity and Equity, Leadership for Educational Equity

The 9th annual Art of Leadership for Women Working in Racial Justice and Human Rights will bring together a select group of women of color and white women leaders engaged in reproductive justice, education, immigrant rights, environmental justice, indigenous communities and many other racial justice issue areas to strengthen their leadership skills and further their social change goals. This special training will bring together a select group of women of color and white women leaders engaged in reproductive justice, education, immigrant rights, environmental justice, indigenous communities and many other racial justice issue areas to strengthen their leadership skills and further their social change goals. The training will be held December 8-12, 2014 at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY. The trainers will be Helen Kim and Suzanne Hawkes.

You can read about the experiences of two alum of the program on our blog here and here.

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UPCOMING TRAINING

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Art of Leadership for Philanthropic Leaders

"I am working from a clearer purpose and have tools to move more effectively to action. Doing the workshop in a week, largely away from continuous distractions, gave me a chance to slow down, breathe, and reflect on the impact I am having on others and myself." - Alice Warner-Mehlhorn, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Now in its 11th year, the Art of Leadership for Philanthropic Leaders is designed to meet the unique needs of foundation executives, board members, executive directors, program officers, donors, corporate sponsors, and other leaders in a position to leverage resources for social good. The session will be held February 23-27, 2015 at the Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz, CA. Rockwood’s President, Akaya Windwood, will be the trainer.

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Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. You can review the five-day agenda here.

 




INSIDE ROCKWOOD


Introducing Julie Besaha!

Julie joined Rockwood in May as the Director of Finance and Operations. Before coming to Rockwood, Julie was the Director of Finance and Administration at California Ocean Science Trust, and at the Oakland Schools Foundation. To learn more about Julie, and the rest of Rockwood team, visit our staff page.

 

 



   
   
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