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LLC Welcomes 3 New Board Members

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our board of directors.  After an open and transparent selection process, in which LLC members served on a nominations committee and the entire community was invited to nominate candidates, three highly qualified candidates were selected: Grady McGonagill, Cecilia Roddy and LaDon James. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our selection committee:  Diane McCarthy Johnson, Jim Krile, Sonia Ospina, Ashok Regmi and Pauline Vela, and to introduce our new board members.
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Meet LLC's New Operations and Project Manager

 

LLC hit the jackpot with our latest hire, Kyle Shimamoto who is joining our small but mighty team as the new Operations and Project Manager. Like many of us in the non-profit sector,  Kyle has had a multifaceted and fascinating career.  He spent more than 10 years as a Montessori educator and co-director  before transitioning to project management work in a variety of industries.  He also enjoys nonprofit governance and has served on the boards of a number of organizations.  We will be tapping all of these experiences.

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Welcoming LLC's Newest Board Members

 

 

LLC is thrilled to be introducing our newest board members.  We would like extend a big welcome and thank you to Duchesne Drew and

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Leadership and How We Talk About Stuff: Three Lessons from Paulo Freire and Pedagogy of the Oppressed

At a recent LLC board meeting, members were eagerly pitching ideas about how they could help.. Our newest member, Lisa Leverette, who in her own words is a Detroit based Change Orchestrator had a unique offer, “I want to help LLC figure out how to talk about stuff.”  This sounds simple on the surface... but it’s actually quite deep. For the past couple of months, everytime I turn around, I have been running smack into the idea of how we talk about our work. At a retreat hosted by the Whitman Institute in October, “A Future We Can Trust,” we were facilitated in several sessions by Culture Strike that focused on tapping arts and creativity to shape a positive narrative. Not long after a valued colleague, Milano Harden, sent me an article by Marshall Ganz, “Public Narrative, Collective Action and Power” from 2011, that is resurfacing right now for a reason. And, a few weeks ago I was fortunate to attend Facing Race which was launched with a plenary session on narrative and arts among the culture wars. I am hooked. I have been thinking about this a lot, well kind of non-stop, and talking about it with anyone who will listen, so here were are.

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Ensley Alive: A Network Leadership Model

Guest Blog by Bettina Byrd-Giles

 

During a recent Network Co-Creation Community of Practice that LLC is facilitating for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the

participants talked about how the language and concepts were giving her a new lens for understanding the work she was already doing. She blogged about their work and talked about what network leadership looks like in practice and what they are accomplishing. I enjoyed reading about the work and learning from Bettina. I think you will too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Can Fog Teach Us About Living in a Disruptive World?

A guest Blog from Kathleen Allen, President of Kathleen Allen and Associates

Kathy Allen was an early LLC board member and source of inspiration in her ability to draw from the natural world to help us bring a more organic lens to the workings of leadership and organizational learning. She specializes in leadership coaching and organizational change across a variety of contexts, including collaborative networks. I was excited when she published her latest book, Leading from the Roots. She has been sharing excerpts from the book on her regular blogs. We asked if we could share one of her recent blogs to introduce you to Kathy, and it’s a must read blog. Enjoy.

 

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Standing for Love

I was at the closing session at the International Leadership Association (ILA) when the speaker who took the stage told us she had just heard there had been a mass shooting. Phones lit up as together we all learned the horrifying news that 11 people had been killed at the Tree of Life Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh. We stood in stunned silence honoring the lives of those who had died, and as an expression of deep sympathy for their families and neighbors, and for all of those reliving the loss of hate killings in their communities. I speak for all of us at LLC in expressing our love and support to the familes of those lost in Pittsburgh, the synagogue and the city, and to the families of Maurice Stallard and Vicki Jones, two African American who were killed by a white man in Kentuck who first attempted to barge into a Black Church.

 

I was filled with sadness, outrage, and overwhelmed by the tidal wave of attacks on people of color, immigrants, religious minorities, women, and LGBTQIA communities occuring against a back drop of hateful language that incites and condones these actions. I am fired up with anger about everything I am against. Over the last couple of day, I have been reflecting about what it means to be in a perpetual fighting posture defined by what I am against. Clearly I am against hate, and I don’t want the haters to be the ones defining where my energy is going, to the extent that I am losing touch what it means to be for love.

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Continuing the Co-Director Search: Additional Updates

We have been thinking long and hard about how to conduct the search for a Co-Director in a way that is equity driven, networked and collective i.e. aligned with all of our values. After all, there are some unavoidable power dynamics in the interview process that we can’t eliminate, but we do want to address and be transparent about them. We hope to get better at this, and for now, this is our best thinking about the process. So a huge shout out to all of the candidates who are being very patient with our process, which we hope reflects relationality, transparency and equity.

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Update on the Co-Directorship

We have received applications from a number of exciting candidates. We have interviewed people who are still of interest to us, and are keeping the position open a bit longer to meet additional candidates.  We are learning as we go, and have a great team of folks from the LLC board and network who are actively engaging alongside us in this learning. Here are some of our early lessons:

 

We are a relationale network and that goes for recruitment too:  I was in a hurry to recruit a co-director because we were holding off on hiring a FT Operations and Program Manager after Miriam left so that the new person could be involved. We also were holding off on board recruitment for the same reason. This was creating a sense of urgency about an important decision for LLC.  We need to create time to get to know potential candidates, and for them to get to know us. This will require more than two interviews. Getting to know more candidates is an important process for understanding what will contribute most to the future we hope to see. So, we are slowing it down so that we can engage with more people, and talk more with interested candidates.

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